Gallia Academy aims to stay on top in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Meigs looks to regain the top-spot in the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division, and make it four championships in five years. River Valley will have to replace a former league medalist in 2016 graduate Logan Sheets, as the Raiders look to shake up the TVC Ohio.
Eastern, Southern, South Gallia and Wahama will each be trying to escape the middle of the pack and climb into title contention in the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division.
Those are the narratives for seven Ohio Valley Publishing area golf teams as the 2016 conference schedules have been released.
The Blue Devils — who won the OVC in its first year in the eight-team league — will look to go 2-for-2 on September 23, when the eight schools meet at Shawnee State Park Golf Course for a one-day tournament.
Portsmouth was second in the OVC last year, followed by Ironton, Chesapeake, Fairland, Coal Grove, South Point and Rock Hill.
The TVC Ohio will play seven matches, with each team hosting once. River Valley is the first team to host, with the seven schools meeting at Cliffside Golf Course on August 11. On August 16, Alexander will host the league meet at The Elm, and then Athens will host at the Athens Country Club on August 22.
On August 29, Vinton County will host the fourth match at the Franklin Valley Golf Course, Meigs will then host the fifth match on September 7 at the Meigs County Golf Course. The league returns to Franklin Valley Golf Course on September 12, when Wellston hosts, and the final round will be played at Forrest Hills on September 21, as Nelsonville-York hosts.
In 2015, Vinton County won its first-ever outright league title, ending the Marauders’ three-year championship streak. Meigs was league runner-up last season, Athens and Wellston tied for third, while River Valley was fifth, Alexander was sixth and Nelsonville-York was seventh.
Unlike the OVC and TVC Ohio, the TVC Hocking does not have every team at every match. Instead, each team plays four home matches and six road matches.
South Gallia begins the year with three straight home matches at Cliffside Golf Course, hosting Eastern and Waterford on August 8, hosting Belpre and Miller on August 16, and hosting Federal Hocking and Southern on August 22. The Rebels’ final home match is on August 30, when they host Wahama and Trimble.
Wahama, which calls Riverside Golf Club home, will host Federal Hocking and Miller on August 8, and will host Southern and Waterford on August 15. The White Falcons will host South Gallia and Eastern on August 25 and then the Red and White will host Belpre and Trimble on September 12.
Eastern will welcome Miller and Trimble to the Meigs County Golf Course on August 15, and then the Eagles will wait over three weeks until their next home match. On September 8, EHS will host Southern and Belpre, and then the Green and White welcome Waterford and Federal Hocking on September 15. The Eagles wrap up conference play on September 22, when they host South Gallia and Wahama.
Southern’s first league home match, at Green Hills Country Club, will be on August 25, when Miller and Eastern visit Ravenswood. SHS welcomes Waterford and South Gallia on September 1, and then will have three straight road matches. The Tornadoes wrap up league play with back-to-back home matches, hosting Belpre and Wahama on September 19, and then hosting Trimble and Federal Hocking on September 22.
Defending TVC Hocking champion Waterford calls Lakeside Golf Club home and will host Federal Hocking and Wahama on August 11. On August 17, the Wildcats will host Belpre and Eastern. They will host South Gallia and Trimble on August 25, and then the Green and White will host Miller and Southern on September 12 in their final home league match.
Belpre and Federal Hocking both call Oxbow Golf Course home and will host matches together. Southern visits Oxbow on August 23, Waterford and Trimble will be there on August 29, Eastern and Wahama both visit on September 1, while South Gallia and Miller are at Oxbow on September 6. The September 1 match will also serve are Federal Hocking’s trip to Belpre, while the September 6 quad will include Belpre’s trip to Federal Hocking.
Miller and Trimble also share a home course, Forest Hills Golf Course, and they host Wahama and Waterford on August 18. Belpre visits Forest Hills on August 22, Southern and South Gallia will both be there on September 15, while Eastern and Federal Hocking will play there on September 19. The August 22 tri-match will be when Miller hosts Trimble and the August 15 quad will be when Trimble hosts Miller.
Belpre was the runner-up to Waterford in the 2015 TVC Hocking race, while Eastern and Southern both tied for third. South Gallia was fifth, followed by Wahama, Trimble, Miller and Federal Hocking.
The OHSAA golf season officially begins on August 5, while the WVSSAC golf season starts on August 2.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.