The school year is over, and so are the games — but the memories will always remain.
As the 2013-14 school year comes to an end, it is a time for young student-athletes to recover from a season full of academic learning and sports competition. It is also a time for reflection on all the wonderful accomplishments that a said individual or team may have achieved throughout the course of the last 10 months.
In looking back at the fall, winter and sports campaigns within the Ohio Valley Publishing area, the 2013-14 sports year was very productive for the tri-county region.
And — in what has become an annual tradition here at OVP — it is time to reflect on some of those major accomplishments with a recap of the top stories to come out of Gallia, Meigs and Mason counties.
This year, we will be focusing on the Top-5 stories to come out of the OVP area by recapping a story each day starting next week. The fifth-best story of the year will run on Tuesday and continue on towards the top story of 2014, which will run in the weekend sports editions of the Point Pleasant Register and The Sunday Times-Sentinel.
But before we dive into those Top-5 stories, here’s a brief look at some of the major accomplishments from the area that just missed the cut.
There were a total of 12 league championships for teams within the tri-county area, which included Meigs golf, Gallia Academy volleyball, Eastern girls cross country, Gallia Academy wrestling, Southern boys basketball, Eastern girls basketball, Southern softball, Eastern softball, Wahama baseball, Gallia Academy baseball, Gallia Academy tennis and Eastern girls track.
The Gallia Academy girls track team had its incredible 18-year reign as district champions come to an end, but the Blue Angels still scored at least one point at the state track meet for a 18th straight postseason. GAHS also received another perfect regular season from its tennis team, which is a new school record for the program with 33 consecutive regular season wins.
Speaking of records, the Gallia Academy baseball program set a new standard of excellence with its fourth straight SEOAL championship — becoming the first baseball program to ever accomplish the feat. The Blue Devils also earned their first state championship this spring in track and field.
There were 10 local wrestlers that won league titles this winter and one cross country league champion out at Eastern. There were also 27 event champions in league track and field meets — a total of 39 individual league champions in all.
Also, four basketball players from the OVP area eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau for their careers this winter — all of whom were seniors. Wade Martin accomplished the feat for Point Pleasant, while Sierra Carmichael of Wahama, Jordan Parker of Eastern and T.G. Miller of Ohio Valley Christian each reached quadruple digits for their respective squads.
Martin and Jenna Burdette also ended the 2014 campaign as their respective school leaders for career points.
Ohio Valley Christian qualified for the OCSAA Final Four in three of the four sports it competes in, with the lone exception being volleyball. Soccer and both basketball programs advanced to Circleville for the state semifinals and all three misses the championship game, although both basketball teams did finish third at state.
The Top-5 sports stories of the 2013-14 school year will begin with story number five in the Tuesday sports editions of the Gallipolis Daily Tribune, The Daily Sentinel and Point Pleasant Register.