Schedules altered for OVAC

For OVAC officials it’s been a hectic few days.

The chaos of weather and schedule jockeying is going to cause area sports fans to choose which events they attend over the next few days.

As the continual bouts with snow have piled up, causing schools to be closed, the Wheeling Hospital OVAC Girls Basketball Championship has been altered significantly.

The boys’ pairings for their basketball tournament are officially set on Wednesday. That date won’t be altered because of weather cancellations since schools have already played enough games to meet the minimum qualifying standards, meaning if teams don’t play again tonight, the standings as they are will become official.

All 10 of the girls’ championship semifinals were re-scheduled for either tonight or Wednesday evening.

The championship finals are still slated for Saturday at Ohio University Eastern and won’t be adjusted.

Should the semifinals be unable to be played by Thursday evening, the higher seed will automatically advance to the title game.

Media day for the semi-final winning teams is still up in the air. It was originally scheduled for Wednesday, so it could be held Thursday if all of the games are played.

Only classes 2A and 4A have games scheduled on different days. Wheeling Central and Clay-Battelle will clash this evening, while Bridgeport and Shadyside will meet Wednesday night with the reserve game tipping at 6 p.m.

In Class 4A, number one seeded Steubenville will host Oak Glen this evening at 6:30, while Martins Ferry will visit Union Local in a 6 p.m. varsity only encounter Wednesday.

In Class 1A, Morgantown Trinity will make the lengthy trip to Conotton Valley on Wednesday. St. John Central will host Madonna in a 7 p.m. varsity only game that same evening.

In Class 3A, both the River vs. Shenandoah and Fort Frye vs. Monroe Central will clash on Wednesday night.

The 5A schools will play this evening. University will host John Marshall and Morgantown will welcome Indian Creek.

While it’s not been affected by weather, the second annual Bill Hinegardner OVAC Dual Wrestling Tournament has also been altered.

The tournament, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday at WesBanco Arena in downtown Wheeling, has been shifted to a two-day event being held at both John Marshall and Steubenville high schools on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

The change occurred because of a conflict with the inaugural Ohio High School Athletic Association Duals, which both Shadyside and Steubenville are still competing in.

Wednesday’s action at the JM Fieldhouse will feature classes 5A and 3A competing. Two semifinal duals will be contested in each class and then the championship and consolation final will follow.

The 3A field will feature Barnesville against Monroe Central in one semifinal and River against Tyler Consolidated in the other semifinal.

The 5A tournament Wheeling Park against Morgantown and defending champion John Marshall against Brooke.

At Steubenville, host Big Red is the top seed in the 4A field. They will battle Martins Ferry. The other semifinal is Harrison Central against Oak Glen.

In the 1A/2A field, Shadyside will take on Toronto and Steubenville Central will meet Caldwell.

The wrestling at both sites is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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