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The latest Tri-Valley Conference standings as of January 17, 2022

TVC-Ohio Boys have a new leader after shocking Friday upset; Eastern gets historic first win in TVC-Hocking

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TVC-Ohio Standings

1st  Vinton County Vikings (8-4, 3-1) 

The Vikings scheduled games against Wellston and Meigs this week were postponed due to a rise of COVID-19 cases affecting the number of eligible players available for the game. However, due to Friday’s Alexander loss against Athens, Vinton County is back on top of the Ohio for now. The Vikings will have to wait until February 7th to play square off against the Marauders in a potential  1st place vs 2nd place matchup. In the meantime, they’ll be facing off against Crooksville and conference opponent Nelsonville-York this week.

2nd Meigs Marauders (7-4, 3-1) 

The Marauders had their sole match against Vinton County postponed due to a rise of COVID cases within the Vikings’ roster. With the postponement, the Marauders have now gone two straight weeks without playing a single match. This will hopefully change this week, as Meigs is scheduled to face off against Crooksville and River Valley bar any cancellations.

3rd  Alexander Spartans  (7-8, 4-2) 

The Spartans started off the week with a hard fought 56-48 overtime victory over Jackson. However, Alexander would find themselves struggling to generate offense against a fired up Athens squad, losing 48-39 in the process. The Spartans loss to the Bulldogs knocks them down to spots in the TVC-Ohio rankings. However, their match against Wellston will give them an opportunity to shoot them back into the title race.

4th Wellston Golden Rockets (6-5, 2-2) 

The Golden Rockets kicked off their week with a victory over New Hope, but a cancelled matchup against Vinton County on Friday prohibited them from climbing up the TVC-Ohio standings for the second straight week. Wellston will start their week with a match against Eastern, then will resume conference play against Alexander on Saturday.

5th  Athens Bulldogs (3-9, 2-3)

Athens managed to pull of their third win of the year against top-seeded Alexander largely in part to an impressive scoring performance by Nathan Shadik, who led the teamiwth 21 points. The Bulldogs will look to carry this momentum in the next week with matches against Logan Elm and Logan.

6th River Valley Raiders (2-8, 1-3)

The Raiders saw no action this week as their matchup against Nelsonville-York was postponed due to illnesses associated with both sides. River Valley will face off in their first matchup in two weeks against South Gallia on Wednesday, followed by a conerence matchup against Meigs on Friday.

7th Nelsonville-York Buckeyes (5-7, 1-4) 

After suffering a two game losing streak in December, the Buckeyes racked up two wins over Miller and Crooksville this past week. Whether or not this is a turning point for Nelsonville-York remains to be seen; for now, the Buckeyes will look to continue on their momentum and secure wins this week against Amanda-Clearcreek, Belpre, and Vinton County.

TVC-Hocking Standings

1st   Trimble Tomcats (10-0, 5-0) 

The Tomcats took care of business on Tuesday with a convincing 82-70 win against Southern, but their highly anticipated matchup against Federal Hocking was cancelled. It is unknown whether or not their matchup against the Lancers will be rescheduled, but for now, they’ll have one matchup against Belpre this week.

2nd Federal Hocking Lancers (9-3, 5-0) 

The Lancers had a chance to take the conference lead against Trimble this past Friday, but a lack of staff withing Federal Hocking’s school district caused the school to shut down extracurricular activities through January 17th. The Lancers only match this week will be against Southern, but Federal Hocking will keep their eyes peeled for a potential reschedule against Trimble.

3rd Waterford Wildcats (9-2, 4-2)  

The Wildcats sole matchup this week came in a convincing 50-35 victory over Frontier. As Waterford sits at the fringe of the TVC-Hocking title race, they’ll have a busy week of competitions against Fort Frye, Eastern and Shenandoah.

4th South Gallia Rebels (6-5, 3-3) 

The Rebels started their week with a dominant 73-31 victory over Hannan, followed by a conference win over Belpre. The Rebels now have a 3 game win streak heading into the second half of February, and will look to continue that this week with matches against River Valley and Sciotoville East.

5th Belpre Golden Eagles (4-9, 2-4) 

The Golden Eagles lone matchup this week came in the hands of South Gallia, where they lost a tight matchup 58-47. Belpre will start their week with a chance to bounce back against Nelsonville-York, followed by a tough matchup against undefeated Trimble.

6th Eastern Eagles  (1-12, 1-5

The Eagles finally did it. After going nearly two years without a win (last win was on February 19th, 2020), Eastern managed to get over the hump with a victory over conference opponent Southern. This matchup also highlighted Braylyn Johnson, an Eastern student who’s battle and eventually triumph against cancer rallied a community together in support. With a W on the board, the Eagles will look to continue on their momentum with matchups against Wellston and Waterford this week.

7th Southern Tornadoes (4-11, 0-6)

After starting the season 4-1, The Tornadoes loss against Eastern marked Southern’s 10th straight loss on the year. Their sole matchup this week will prove to be a challenge, as they face off against 2nd place  Federal Hocking on Friday.