No school, no play policy needs revised

First off, let me point out safety is paramount.

However, the blunt rule of ‘no school, no play’ seems a little harsh to me.

Friday’s weather was bad during the heart of the day and I certainly understand postponing the majority of the card.

I actually spun out trying to come to Martins Ferry that afternoon and decided to turn it around and head back home for a while. So, again, that was a no-brainer.

However, on Thursday, there were games postponed from the girls’ card when the roads were basically dry. The same could be said for some of Saturday’s games that were pushed back when roads were clear enough to eat from.

Calling off games and/or events early in the morning when schools are closed because the roads were too bad at that point seems totally ridiculous.

Now, obviously, if there’s a massive snowfall or ice storm that’s understandable, but when it’s just a nuisance snow like most we’ve had this winter?

Just a guess that road crews are going to get out and work to make the roads passable and safe for motorists through the course of that day.

And games don’t begin until 6 p.m., so buses have to leave at what, 4:30 or so based on the trip? Therefore, the road crews have several hours to work on clearning the roads.

Rather than having a formal policy, school districts should allow the officials they’ve hired to make good, rational decisions. I doubt they’re going to put the players, coaches or fans in harm’s way.


  • UNION LOCAL’S Jacob Bailey has quietly put together a highly impressive prep career. He surpassed the 1,000-point mark in last Tuesday’s win at Bellaire in which he scored 32 points and he’s now got 1,016 for his career in a Jets’ uniform.
  • HARRISON CENTRAL’S Fletcher Watt is less than 100 points from 1,000. However, he’s battling an ankle problem, which could slow down the quest a bit.


Another week and some more interesting games are on tap as the OVAC cutoff is just a week away. There will be plenty of scoreboard watching going on as teams continue to jockey for position for the upcoming Wheeling Hospital OVAC Basketball Championship.

The biggest game on tonight’s card is St. Clairsville hosting Harrison Central as father and son coaches meet for the second time this season. The Red Devils will try to bounce back from their loss on Sunday to Cleveland St. Ignatius, while the Huskies are coming off a big win over Weir.

Another game to keep an eye on unfolds at New Martinsville as Monroe Central visits Magnolia in the first meeting between two teams battling for position in the Class 3A tourney field. The other two battling in that division will clash tonight as well when Buckeye Trail hosts River.

Friday’s card features Harrison Central playing host to Buckeye Local. The Huskies eked out a close victory in the first meeting. Monroe Central hosts Fort Frye in a key PVC showdown and Linsly visits Conotton Valley. The Rockets are one of the better teams in the OVAC that few people know anything about.

Saturday’s card is light, but features the game of the week, in my opinion. St. Clairsville will host Cambridge. The Bobcats, who have elected not to compete in the OVAC Tournament, are currently 14-2.

Martins Ferry visits Steubenville in a rematch from a game last month that Big Red captured. This game has big OVAC implications.


The Bridgeport and Madonna boys game slated for last Friday that was snowed out will be played Thursday evening. The game is a 7:30 tip and will consist of varsity only.


The West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commision is celebrating its 100th year of boys basketball this March during the week of the boys’ state tournament in Charleston.

The SSAC is doing it up right, too from the sounds of it with an impressive banquet and collection of speakers of individuals who’ve played a key role in the success of Mountain State prep hoops.

Unfortunately, the ultimate connection to prep basketball in West Virginia is Jerry West, who attended East Bank. He won’t be one of the speakers.

Bob Burton – the OVAC Hall of Fame coach from Paden City – will be one of the featured speakers. He led the Wildcats to two state titles and 10 state tournament appearances.

The lobby of the Charleston Civic Center will feature pieces of memorabilia from the schools on display. There will also be a public recognition of teams and players during the course of the tournament.


One of the biggest drawing cards in the OVAC 5A Tournament in a few weeks was expected to be Morgantown senior Nathan Adrian. The West Virginia University recruit had led his Mohigans to an 11-2 record, which is currently leading the way in Class 5A. Morgantown had defeated Martinsburg, which is one of the favorites in W.Va. Class AAA earlier this winter.

Unfortunately, Adrian’s season may be over after he was diagnosed with a broken foot. The injury is expected to take 6-8 weeks to heal. According to reports, there’s an outside chance he could return for the state tourney should Morgantown make its way there.

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