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February 22, 2009 - Seth Staskey
The past five weeks have been spent crowning champions of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference. First it was wrestling, then swimming, then cheering, then girls basketball and this past week it all culminated with the boys basketball championships at Ohio University-Eastern.
Wheeling Central, Union Local, Wheeling Park and Bishop Donahue walked away with the championship trophies and will now make their reservations for the Banquet of Champions.
Being there for all eight games -- counting the girls -- the past two weeks, I once again realized what the OVAC title means to athletes, coaches and fans. Let's be honest, the dream of an Ohio State Championship is in everyone's mind, but the reality of it is unless you're exceptional, it's not going to happen. I hate to shatter dreams, but it's time to look at some reality.
So, good teams can be rewarded by winning the OVAC Championship. Look at from this perspective, 10 years from now when the Class of 2009 returns to its respective alma mater, people won't remember if they got bounced from the OHSAA tournament in the sectional. They'll look up in the gym and see an OVAC Championship banner hanging on the wall.
That's what makes the OVAC great and worthwhile. If you think the OVAC is meaningless or is taken for granted then you've probably been no aware around for the past five weeks.
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