By Mark Carpenter
With the girls tournament pairings set last week, it was time for the local boys varsity basketball squads to find out where their tournament paths will be headed as the sectional drawings for the Southeast District took place last Sunday afternoon. The records given are at the time of the drawing.
Adams County has one team competing in the Division III Tournament, and that is the West Union Dragons, seeded #9. Coach Trent Harrop and his troops (8-10) are going to be a tough out for any opponent and they open tourney action on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. at Waverly High School. The Dragons will battle #8 seeded Piketon (11-9) in a sectiona semi-final. The winner of that game will have the pleasure of facing #1 seeded Lucasville Valley (19-2) in a Feb. 21 sectional final, also at Waverly.
“Our sectional was disproportionately stacked with some powerhouse teams,” said Coach Harrop of his team’s draw. “We are excited for the opportunity to start a fresh new season and strive to make this season last into spring. This time of year, you don’t have to beat all the teams, you just need to beat the teams that you play, so we are ready for Piketon.”
The Division IV bracket has a lot of resemblance to one of our local McDonald’s Classics, with all three county teams bunched together. On Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at Valley High School, it will be two of our county teams facing off against one another. Coach Nathan Copas and his North Adams Green Devils (5-14), seeded #8, will make their first foray down into Division IV and will face a familiar foe in the #9 seeded Manchester Greyhounds (3-13). The two teams have met twice in the regular season, with Manchester taking the first meeting 48-38 and North Adams the second 55-53 in overtime.
The winner of that contest will see another Southern Hills Athletic Conference foe as the #1 seeded Peebles Indians (16-2) await. Coach Josh Arey and his Indians will match up with either the Devils or Hounds in a sectional title game on Feb. 25 at 6:15 p.m. at Waverly High School. At stake in that game is the always exciting trip to the Ohio University Convocation Center. One of those three county teams will be in action at the Convo on March 4 at 6:15 p.m in a district semi-final game.
Advance tickets for all tournament games will be available at all four local schools with a portion of those pre-sale proceeds coming back to the school’s athletic department.