Prep basketball teams won#039;t go head-to-head against Ohio State

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 13, 2002

High school basketball teams know that going head-to-head with the Ohio State Buckeyes would mean a loss, and they are not talking about if they played them on the court.

Schools have decided to avoid a conflict with the Fiesta Bowl on Friday, Jan. 3, that matches the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Miami Hurricanes for the national championship.

Fairland moved its home game against the Coal Grove Hornets from Jan. 3 to Thursday, Jan. 2.

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"We've moved our game to Thursday for obvious reasons," Fairland coach John McClung said. "If we played on Friday, we'd have a lot of empty seats."

There's no conflict problem for the Ironton Fighting Tigers. Ironton has an open date on Jan. 3, then travels to Wayne, W.Va., on Saturday.

One of the biggest Ohio Valley Conference games will have the Chesapeake Panthers at Rock Hill against the Redmen. The two teams are ranked 1-2 in the preseason poll.

Rock Hill athletic director Bob Wilds said the game hasn't been moved as of yet, but talks between the two schools will result in some type of solution.

"We're working on it. We're kicking around some ideas. We may move the starting time up to 4:30 or 5 o'clock, or we could play on Thursday, but we have a girls' game that night, too. Saturday is a problem because Chesapeake has a game that day against Gallipolis," Wilds said.

The St. Joseph Flyers host Raceland, a Kentucky school. However, principal Jim Mains III said playing an out-of-state team was no problem in rescheduling.

"We just finalized the move. We're playing that game on Friday, Jan. 17," Mains said. "We talked to (Raceland principal) Danny Mercer and he said, 'I'm an Ohio State fan, too,' so he had no problem with moving the game."

St. Joseph will still play at South Gallia on Jan. 4.

One game has yet to be moved, although that could change.

South Point doesn't have a lot of control over the scheduling. The Pointers play at River Valley.

"A lot of people are moving (their games). I haven't planned on it, but at the same time I know it's going to hurt attendance," Pointers coach Mark Lafon said.

Green moved its home game against Sciotoville East to Saturday.

"The coaches already talked and moved the game. We could have played earlier, but we felt it would be better if we just moved the game to Saturday," Green principal David Hopper said.

Wheelersburg is scheduled both Friday and Saturday. Friday's game is a league game at Northwest, and Saturday is a home game against Greenup County, Ky.

"As of right now we're still playing. We're on the road and we don't have any control over that," Pirates coach Tom Barrick said.