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Championship time in the Ohio Valley

This is a hectic time of year for local competitors throughout the area.

Fans of high school sports in the region already have seen the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference crown champions in wrestling, swimming and bowling. Girls basketball titles will be awarded on Saturday, with the boys championships scheduled to be decided Feb. 15.

The march toward state championships will begin in Ohio and West Virginia in basketball, swimming, wrestling and bowling during the next couple of weeks.

Saturday, though, saw a first in a longtime competition and the continuation of success by a couple of area squads in another.

Reagan Huggins made history Saturday when she became the first girl to finish in first place in the annual Pinewood Derby held by the Two Chiefs District of the Boy Scouts of America. When the day of action at the Fort Steuben Mall had concluded, the car built by Huggins, a member of Pack 334 in Weirton, beat out nearly 200 entries and survived numerous elimination runs to claim the title.

Also on Saturday, the cheering squads from Toronto and Weirton Madonna continued their domination in their respective OVAC classes.

The Red Knights captured the Class AA title for the fifth-consecutive year and 10th time overall during the competition held at the WesBanco Arena, while the Blue Dons captured the Class A title for the third consecutive season.

Members of the Toronto and Madonna squads deserve to be recognized for their continued success in a demanding sport, as do Red Knights’ coach Natalie Mousourakis and Madonna coach Kylee Bologna for the work they do for their respective schools.

And, a special shoutout is due Huggins for achieving a first in another demanding discipline.

That said, we also wish good luck to all of the area athletes who will be competing in tournaments during the next several weeks.

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