When it gets to this point in the year concerning prep sports there's one thing for certain that's going to happen - teams are going to lose and their seasons will come to an end.
Such was the case for Parkersburg's boys soccer team last week when they lost to Hurricane in the regional final during a match that would've been more than worthy of being a state championship showdown.
It was a tough loss for sure, but even Big Red head coach Don Fosselman knows the pitfalls to a title are many and when you're the defending state champion teams are always going to be out gunning for you.
Of course, the same scenario is going to play out a lot this week in terms of volleyball with sectional action starting today and the upcoming regional tournaments on Saturday.
While the Class A field appears to be playing for second place because defending small school champion Charleston Catholic has proved last year was far from a fluke, at least a couple other area teams have legitimate shots at winning it all in volleyball.
Ritchie County, led by the powerful Allison DeLancey, has a solid shot at defending its Class AA state crown from last year. Also, the Big Reds of head coach Carl Harnish are attempting to make Parkersburg a member of the state tournament for the 14th consecutive campaign and at the same time do one better than last year's Class AAA runner-up finish.
The Big Red volleyball team has produced a 50-7-4 mark thus far and will continue to rely upon senior captains Jocelyn Dansey and Carly White as well as junior standout Kayla Lowers and the rest of a strong supporting cast to put red and white volleyball back on top in the Mountain State.
Although it's not the posteason quite yet for football, this is the final chance for area teams on the bubble to pick up one more win and maybe sneak into the playoffs or solidify their spot in their respective class.
It appears both Parkersburg South in Class AAA and St. Marys in Class A could end up on the outside looking in once the final week of regular season games are completed.
The Patriots are going to need Scott to upset Logan while St. Marys needs a few things to happen.
Meadow Bridge needs to complete its 10-0 year with a win against Richwood and Wirt County needs to finish 8-2 by beating South Harrison. Also, the Blue Devils must win against Doddridge County and hope Van loses at Clay County or Independence upends Fayetteville.
Wirt County head coach Jason Hickman's Tigers, if they win Friday night in Elizabeth against South Harrison, will earn the title of Class A champions of the Little Kanawha Conference.
"We're definitely excited about that," said Hickman, whose team will honor five seniors after losing a baker's dozen from last year's playoff squad.
"We talked about it this year with our kids. Hopefully, we'll go out Friday night and get it done. That would be a huge accomplishment."
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