Call it a fluke in scheduling, but all of the high schools in Washington County will be hosting a prep boys' league basketball game Friday at 7:30 p.m.
At Sutton Gym, Marietta High will be playing Meadowbrook in an East Central Ohio League (ECOL) contest. The Mark Duckworth-coached Tigers (4-4 overall, 2-3 ECOL) are seeking a bounce-back win after falling to New Philadelphia 57-35 last Friday night and at Warren 70-47 Tuesday night.
The orange and black was slated to play at Warren Tuesday night but that contest was postponed due to the polar vortex.
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Marietta High’s Zach LaBarre looks to pass as two Cambridge players defend during prep boys basketball action at Sutton Gym
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Fort Frye’s Seth Legrean, center, takes off on a break as Warren defends.
"Meadowbrook is solid with some big kids inside," Duckworth said.
Marietta is expected to start Braden Riley, Jon Wood, Corey Hill, Conner Beavers, and Dillon Sturm.
Over at Warren, the Blane Maddox-led Warriors will be tipping off against Logan in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League (SEOAL) tilt. The royal blue and white cagers (6-3, 2-1) halted a two-game slide with a 72-45 trouncing of Jackson last Friday night.
Evan French led the Warriors with a season-high 31 points, including six treys. Reece Patton, Michael Hall, Andrew "Diesel" Drayer, and Aaron Mazurkiewicz.
In Beverly, Fort Frye (6-2) will be entertaining Caldwell (6-4) in key Pioneer Valley Conference game. The Eric Henniger-coached Cadets are coming off a hard-fought 53-46 triumph at arch-rival Waterford Saturday night. Seth Legraen and Chandler Lang led the winners with 18 and 17 points, respectively.
The other Fort starters could be Jordan Anderson, Carter Kiefer, and Logan Madison.
Jonathan Wiechman, Tanner Clark, and Tanner Harding are three of the Redskins' top shooters.
Over at the Harry Cooper Annex, Waterford is looking to get back on the winning track against South Gallia in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division showdown. The Tom Simms-led Wildcats suffered a setback to Fort Frye last Saturday night.
Some of Waterford's key cagers are Eli Strahler, Tryston Crawford, Wyatt Porter, Cody Paxton, and Tanner Pottmeyer, who had a game-high 23 points in a win against Trimble.
At New Matamoras, Frontier (4-5) will be squaring off against Shenandoah for the first time this season in a PVC contest. The Roger Kirkpatrick-coached Cougars are led by senior Drew Schneider, who had a 33-point game, including nine threes, in a win against Beallsville last month.
Some other Frontier players to keep an eye on will be Nick Camino, Jeremiah Helmick, Levi Cochran, and Damon Metheney.
At the Eagles Nest, Belpre will be battling Wahama in a TVC Hocking Division game. The Jordan Thornhill-led Golden Eagles are led by Nick Therriault and Deijon Bedgood.
Also playing home game Friday night will be Morgan (vs. Tri-Valley) and Parkersburg Catholic (vs. Williamstown).