South is having a good run
Talk about having a good week.
It certainly has been one around the Fallon household.
On Saturday, freshman Mykalyn Fallon joined her Parkersburg South girls basketball teammates in celebrating the school’s third Class AAA state basketball championship in eight seasons when the Patriots blitzed Logan in the championship game at the Charleston Civic Center.
Now, it’s her dad’s turn as second-year head coach Mike Fallon has guided the Parkersburg South boys team to a 21-4 record and a berth in the state tournament. The Patriots open tournament play at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday against Washington High School.
Of the 24 schools whose girls basketball teams qualified for the state tournament, only seven also will be sending their boys teams to Charleston this week. That includes two of the girls champions -South in Class AAA and Bridgeport in Class AA. Other schools who have performed that feat include Morgantown and Martinsburg in Class AAA, North Marion and Fairmont Senior in Class AA and Wheeling Central in Class A.
While the South girls roster was filled with underclassmen, the Patriot boys are a senior-dominated team that won the championship of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference and the Two River Athletic Conference. Four of its five starters are seniors -Wes Mitchem, Doug Dennis, Logan Cox and Tyler Bolen -who are joined at tipoff by sophomore Cody Monroe.
Yet, don’t go thinking that when the group of seniors leaves the cupboard will be bare as the Patriot junior varsity team went 15-5 and the South freshmen won their first 17 games before losing their final contest.
Throw in the wrestling team’s third place finish at the state tournament -although that result is considered disappointing by the historical standards set by that program -and it has been an incredible winter sports season at Parkersburg South.
That’s remarkable for a school that was created without athletic facilities. When South opened in 1967, it had no football stadium, a gymnasium that was too small to host home basketball games and a bunch of cinders on the front campus where its track team practiced.
South’s athletic facilities will be an issue tonight when the Wood County Board of Education meets. Representatives will be asking for funds for new bleachers to replace the ones that were constructed when the Rod Oldham Athletic Center was constructed and also for a new track surface at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.
I personally can attest to the deteriorating condition of the bleachers as I was the recipient of a six-inch splinter in my leg while covering a game.
The Erickson track surface has a dip that makes it hazardous for competitors, a potential liability issue.
Another BOE?meeting, another sports issue.