Beallsville senior Teryn Jarrett finds himself knocking on the door of the coveted 1,000-point mark.
By scoring points in bunches last week, including a career-high 38 points in a loss to Bishop Donahue, Jarrett enters tonight's game against Newcomerstown needing just 19 points for a grand.
In three games last week, Jarrett scored 84 points, which is 28 points a night.
Jarrett's sister, Tori, was a 1,000-point scorer during her prep days for the Lady Blue Devils.
BIG NIGHT ON TAP
As the OVAC standings become tighter and tighter, another full week of hoops lies ahead with some highly interesting matchups on tap.
Two of the most intriguing games of the week are slated for this evening when Magnolia visits River in a rematch of the dandy played just 10 days ago in New Martinsville. The Pilots buried 15 treys in that game and prevailed as Brett Price went for 40.
The teams meet again tonight and a standing-room only crowd is expected. If the OVAC standings continue the way they are, it's not out of the question a third meeting between these two quality teams could be on the horizon.
River is coming off a 3-0 week, while the Blue Eagles fell this past Saturday to Clay-Battelle.
Also this evening, a Buckeye 8 showdown is on tap for Wintersville. The Indian Creek Redskins will tangle with once-beaten St. Clairsville for the first time this season. Their earlier meeting was postponed because of the Devils' extended football season.
Can the Redskins and their sticky defense find a way to slow down the Red Devils and senior Dan Monteroso? It'll be the ultimate clash in styles.
UPS AND DOWNS
The Shadyside Tigers have definitely had their own roller coaster ride ongoing this season. There are plenty of nights when it looks like the Tigers can play with anyone on their schedule and then some. Then, there are other nights, when they look they don't belong on the court with their opponents.
That equals to a 6-6 record thus far. It got bad enough last Friday against River when Ed Andes emptied his bench because he didn't feel his team's effort was where it should be.
We liked that move because the Tigers still have a lot to play for, including a berth in the OVAC Tournament. They answered the call, too. That was proven by their impressive win against struggling Rosecrans.
Shadyside is currently third amongst eligible teams (Wellsville isn't eligible) and could earn a trip to the championship bracket.
With guys like sophomore Austin Dorris, senior Adam Stupak and senior Ryan Richardson leading the way, the Tigers have some nice ingredients. It's just a matter of putting it all together on a night-to-night basis.
It might not look like it to many, but the Bellaire Big Reds are certainly getting better.
Coach J.R. Battista's team has just two wins, but is coming off its second victory last Saturday against Barnesville when the Big Reds took command in the second and didn't wilt down the stretch despite a valiant effort from the Shamrocks.
The Big Reds have competed well most nights out. They're taking better care of the ball and they're finishing opportunities to score. Early in the season, Bellaire had real trouble scoring the ball, but they've improved in that regard.
As Battista likes to point out, it's called basketball for a reason and the goal is to put the ball through the basket.
Junior Kenny Hess has been a steady scorer all season, netting around 16 points a game. Nathan Steele has improved as a perimeter shooter, while Nick Patrone, Hunter Westlake and Ryan Callarik have all gotten better.
It's these kinds of steps that are needed when you're trying to rebuild the program like Battista is.
The St. Clairsville Red Devils will take part in the 'Dunkin For Diabetes' later this month at Walsh University in Canton. St. C. will oppose Cleveland St. Ignatius at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27.
It's one of five games on that day in the event. Immediately following the Red Devils and Wildcats will be Huntington Prep, which features Andrew Wiggins. Huntington Prep took part in the Cancer Research Classic.
All of the 'Dunkin For Diabetes' Sunday games will be broadcast live on Sports Time Ohio.
Purdue head football coach Darrell Hazel visited St. Clairsville High School Monday and stuck around for basketball practice to watch the aforementioned Monteroso.
Monteroso texted me on Monday that he's still committed to Boston College. However, he also informed me that he's since received an offer from Maryland.
There are just a few weeks left until National Letter of Intent signing day, and it's certainly going to be interesting to see if Monteroso signs with the Eagles or is swayed to another school late in this process.
BRING BACK THE BANDS
High school sports need and deserve atmosphere. What better way is there to create an atmosphere is through use of a pep band? For a myriad of reasons, evidently, pep bands have seemingly gone the way of the buffalo. That's unfortunate. It makes sense from a lot of angles to get the band involved, including getting a new group of students - and parents - to the games.
There actually could be a happy medium between the pep bands and warm-up music that many teams are choosing.
A variety of different pep bands were utilized during the Cancer Research Classic earlier this month at Wheeling Jesuit and it created a stir in the gym.
FOOTBALL COACHING NEWS
Wellsville has hired former Beaver Local head coach Rich Wright as its new head football coach. Wright had a very successful stint at Beaver Local, including coaching current Denver Bronco Derek Wolfe. Wellsville had a vacancy after Dave Skinner resigned.
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