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January 16, 2012 - Seth Staskey
It's hard to believe the pace at which the winter sports' season is rolling along. It seems once you get through the two-week holiday stretch, things just pick up a full head of steam.
The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference begins a five-week stretch of championship events this weekend at the 59th annual Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Championship. The event opens Thursday and runs through Saturday evening when 14 grapplers will enter their name into OVAC history. All told, more than 900 wrestlers will compete in the tournament.
Starting next week, the OVAC Swimming Championships will be held. The event changed its format this year with the addition of a qualifying round before the finals, which are slated for Saturday, Jan. 28 at Steubenville High School. Linsly and Brooke will host qualifying rounds.
The following weekend, the OVAC cheering squads will strut their stuff at WesBanco Arena. The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4. Earlier that week, the OVAC Dual Wrestling Tournament will be held. It's an inaugural event, which will crown the champions of the OVAC and determine who receives the banners at the May Banquet of Champions.
The fourth annual Wheeling Hospital OVAC Basketball Championships will be held on Feb. 11 and Feb. 18. The girls will play on the 11th with five championship games to be contested at OU-Eastern. The boys' will play the following week. The semifinals for those tournaments will be held during the week leading up to it. The girls will play on Monday, Feb. 6 and the boys on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
And if those aren't enough, the Ohio High School Athletic Association's winter tournaments will be getting under way as well in the coming weeks.
Stick with The Times Leader throughout as your home for the OVAC Winter Sports Championships and into the OHSAA postseason.
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