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Schools ready to fight for titles

For many fans of high school sports in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, there are a couple of exciting days ahead.

The volleyball teams at Weir High and Oak Glen, for instance, will be traveling to Charleston Friday to compete in the state Class AA state tournament. The format will be a little different from years past — each of the state’s three classes will crown its champion after one day of competition.

The Golden Bears, who will be looking to defend their state title, earned their spot in the state tournament by claiming the regional title on Saturday with a win over Weir High. The Red Riders also advanced to the state tournament, thanks to their second-place finish in regional play.

On Saturday, meanwhile, the Oak Glen and Weirton Madonna football teams will participate in first-round playoff games.

The Golden Bears will host Point Pleasant in Class AA action at 4 p.m., while the Blue Dons will travel to Charmco to take on Greenbrier West at 7:30 p.m. in Class A play.

Both teams will be starting a journey that they hope will lead to a berth in the Super Six and the chance to win a state championship.

There’s always a great deal of excitement surrounding post-season play, especially this year, as teams have had to navigate the uncertainty that has surrounded the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus has played havoc with this fall’s schedules, with some teams being forced from post-season play because of the COVID-19 status of their county.

We hope there are none of those disruptions this weekend.

Fans from our area always have supported their schools well in post-season play, whether the games have been played in the Northern Panhandle or elsewhere in the state. Changes in attendance policies this year mean there likely won’t be large crowds of supporters at any post-season contest, but that doesn’t mean local fans will not be supporting the athletes that represent their school.

Our area high schools in Ohio have completed their playoffs, which were started in the middle of the regular season in an effort to ensure the state’s championships could be completed.

No one knows right now how this weekend’s games will play out. With that said, we wish our area teams well in this week’s games.

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