OVAC playoffs ready to heat up; relax Bucs fans

The cutoff for the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference baseball semifinals is Wednesday.

It appears most teams are locked into the playoffs, with a few possibly changing positions.

In Class 5A, Edison is 10-0 and No. 1. The Wildcats are followed by Brooke, Morgantown and Wheeling Park.

In Class 4A, Steubenville (9-3) is at the top with St. Clairsville, Martins Ferry and Harrison Central following.

In Class 3A, Catholic Central (10-0) is atop. Linsly, Fort Frye and Bellaire are Nos. 2-4 and are separated by one point. Magnolia is in fifth and has a chance to move up.

In Class 2A, Bridgeport (11-2) holds the top spot, followed by Toronto, Clay-Battelle and Caldwell. They are separated by 1.24 points with Shadyside and Wheeling Central in hot pursuit.

In Class 1A, Weirton Madonna (9-4) has a large lead over Bishop Donahue, Paden City and St. John Central.

The playoffs Saturday will be held at the field of the higher seed. Times are to be determined.

* The OVAC Tennis Championships will be held April 28-May 1 at West Liberty University.

* The OVAC softball cutoff date is Saturday with the semifinals April 29-30 at the I-470 Youth Sports Complex.

In Class 5A, Indian Creek has a narrow lead over John Marshall and University with Wheeling Park and Cambridge not far behind.

In Class 4A, Steubenville is in front, being chased by Harrison Central, Union Local, Martins Ferry and Buckeye Local.

In Class 3A, Shenandoah is atop the standings with Bellaire, Fort Frye, Magnolia and Catholic Central in hot pursuit.

In Class 2A, Wheeling Central and River are far in front of Bridgeport, Shadyside and Frontier.

In Class 1A, St. John Central has a commanding lead. Madonna sits in second, in front of Paden City, Bishop Donahue, Conotton Valley and Morgantown Trinity.

* The OVAC All-Star soccer matches will be held May 4 at Harding Stadium. I have said this before, and will do so again, this needs to be held in November.

* Stay off the bridge Pirates fans. Things will be OK.

They were 10-9 at this point a year ago.


Check back after 50 games.

* Matt Kuchar was a study in looking through the windshield on Sunday.

He three-putted from four feet on the 71st hole to fall into a tie for the lead with Luke Donald.

Kuchar hit his second shot in the front bunker on the 72nd hole and proceeded to jar it for the 1-shot win.

Sports, like life, is all about looking through the windshield and not the rearview mirror.

To spend more time looking through the rearview mirror than the windshield is a waste of time and energy and a lot of lessons will be missed along the way.

That also includes being a blessing to others.

* A sign inside the Millsop Community Center reads:

Things for coaches, parents and spectators to keep in mind while children are playing sports on our courts, and fields …

This is a game being played by children.

If they win or lose every game of the season, it will not impact what college they attend or their future income potential.

Of the hundreds of thousands of children who have ever played youth sports in Weirton, very few have gone on to play professionally. It is highly unlikely that any college recruiters or professional scouts are watching these games; so, let’s keep it all about having fun and being pressure-free.

Referees, umpires and officials are human and make mistakes, just like players, coaches and you. No one shouts at you in front of other people when you make a mistake, so please don’t yell at them. We do not have video replay; so, we will go with their calls.

I am a big fan of this.

* Congratulations to Michelle Wie for her LPGA win on Saturday. She came from six back to beat Angela Stanford by two.

It was her third LPGA victory, but first in almost four years.

Hopefully, she is learning how to win and will win many, many more. A lot of talent.

(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at mmathison@heraldstaronline.com and followed on Twitter at @MathisonMike)