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The latest Tri-Valley Conference standings as of January 31, 2022

TVC-Hocking title to be decided by Trimble-Fed Hock rivalry; TVC-Ohio is anyone’s race

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TVC-Hocking Standings

1st   Trimble Tomcats (14-0, 8-0) 

The Tomcats continued their undefeated campaign with wins over conference rivals Waterford and Eastern this week, capped off with a victory against out of conference foe Nelsonville-York. Trimble’s dominance this season has been unstoppable thus far, a trend they hope to see continue against South Gallia, Southern and Alexander this week.

2nd Federal Hocking Lancers (14-3, 8-0) 

The red hot Lancers continued their undefeated conference record alive last week with victories over Belpre, South Gallia and Glenwood. They’’ look to continue their 10-game win streak with games against tough opponent Waterford and out of conference foe Wellston this week.

3rd Waterford Wildcats (12-4, 6-3)  

The Wildcats started their week with a tough loss against Trimble, effectively eliminating them from Conference championship contention. However, a win against Southern and matchups against Federal Hocking, South Gallia and Fort Frye could see the Wildcats stay in contention given the right circumstances.

4th South Gallia Rebels (7-7, 4-4) 

South Gallia’s four-win streak was snapped this week following back-to-back losses against conference heavyweight Federal Hocking and Symmes Valley this past week. While the Rebels are officially eliminated form title contention, their matchups against Trimble and Waterford will serve a good preparation for the level of competition they might face off against in the playoffs.

5th Belpre Golden Eagles (4-12, 2-6) 

The Golden Eagles rough season continued with losses against Caldwell and Federal Hocking this past week. They have a chance to rack up some wins this week however against the bottom two ranked teams in Eastern and Southern.

6th Eastern Eagles  (1-16, 1-8

The Eagles were outmatched and outplayed this week against tough opponents in South Gallia and Trimble. However, winnable games against Miller and Belpre could be the spark needed for the Eagles heading into the postseason.

7th Southern Tornadoes (5-13, 0-8)

The losing streak for the Tornadoes capped at 12 after a 1 pint 80-79 win against Wahama on Saturday. Southern will look to continue their recent success with matches against Belpre and undefeated Trimble this week.

TVC-Ohio Standings

1st  Vinton County Vikings (12-5, 7-1) 

The Vikings surged to the top spot of the TVC-Ohio after recording three straight conference wins, including a victory over former top ranked Meigs. With the win over the Marauders, Vinton County is in the driver’s seat to win the TVC-Ohio with games against McClain and struggling conference opponent River Valley this week.

2nd Alexander Spartans  (9-8, 6-2) 

The Spartans jumped to second in the rankings following their sole win over Nelsonville-York this week and Meigs’ loss to Vinton County. While the Spartans have struggled to stay above .500 for most of the season, their 6-2 conference record has kept them in title contention. They’ll have to beat River Valley and Meigs this week if they want to remain in fighting distance of the title come end of regular season.

3rd Meigs Marauders (10-5, 5-2) 

The Marauders fell two spaces this week after suffering a brutal loss to Vinton County on Tuesday. However, wins against Crooksville and Nelsonville-York have kept them on the fringe of title contention. In order for them to have a shot of taking the title, they’ll have to beat conference opponents Athens, Alexander and Wellston this week.

4th Wellston Golden Rockets (7-7, 3-4) 

Both of Wellston’s matches this week came down to the wire; with their first matchup against Athens being a close overtime victory and their second being a hard fought loss against Vinton County which saw the game be decided by two points. The Golden Rockets will look to bounce back this week with games against Nelsonville-York and Federal Hocking this week.

5th Athens Bulldogs (4-12, 3-5)

The Bulldogs started their week off with a brutal loss to Wellston thanks in part to a last second Golden Rockets three pointer that forced OT. They then suffered another loss to first place Vinton County, but were able to end the week with a win against River Valley. Athens will have two big matchups against rivals Meigs and Nelsonville-York this week.

6th River Valley Raiders (2-12, 1-5)

River Valley’s week was a strenuous one with losses against Point Pleasant and Athens as well as a postponement against Wellston. The Raiders will look to recoup wins before the end of the regular season against Nelsonville-York, Meigs and South Gallia this week.

7th Nelsonville-York Buckeyes (6-12, 1-7) 

The Buckeyes kicked off their week with a tough 76-53 loss against Alexander, followed by a win against Belpre. Nelsonville-York then squared off against 2nd place Meigs which saw the Buckeyes fall down the stretch of the match. While the Buckeyes might be officially eliminated from title contention, they still have a chance to win games before tournament time against Wellston, River Valley and Athens this week.