Tyler Consolidated Finishes Summer Hoops
By ED PARSONS
Local high school girls’ basketball teams recently competed in an annual three-week summer league held at Tyler Consolidated High School. The teams were Tyler Consolidated, Magnolia, Valley, St. Marys and new additions – Doddridge and Ritchie County. The summer league was held every Tuesday and Thursday with four games a night. With one night left to play, the teams have accumulated the following records:
St. Marys A: 5-0, Magnolia: 4-2, St. Marys B: 3-1, Valley: 3-2, Tyler Consolidated: 3-3, Ritchie County: 1-4 and Doddridge: 0-7.
The summer play has been an opportunity for returning players to get a glimpse of what their team will be like with the loss of newly graduated seniors and how their role might change for the upcoming season. It has also been a valuable opportunity to introduce freshmen and new players to the high level of varsity play from our local teams. Every team competing in the summer league finished last season with winning varsity records. Magnolia and Tyler Consolidated both competed in regional play while St. Marys made yet another trip to the State Tournament.
Ritchie County will be dropping to Class A this year and will join Tyler Consolidated, St. Marys, Magnolia and Paden City in sectional alignment.
Both Wetzel County teams (Magnolia and Valley) had full rosters for most games. It’s great to see that many athletes commit to summer play and that will surely help both programs with future success. Both squads have promising young players that should positively impact their programs.
Ritchie County continued with consistent defensive play and patience moving the ball on offense. Doddridge lost six seniors from their line-up, but the Bulldogs have a very tough and persistent group of young players that show great promise.
St. Marys continues to have multiple players that are excellent outside shooters and they work well together. Expect another successful season for the Blue Devils.
Tyler Consolidated will miss those starting seniors who were lost to graduation, but the Silver Knights have a group of younger players with great court sense and unselfish play that we hope will lead to another successful season.
Tyler Consolidated’s Coach Cathy Boggs and Coach Ben Thomas would like to thank the teams who participated this summer, all parents and volunteers who helped with the nightly operation of the league, the Tyler Consolidated Athletic Boosters and Witschey’s.