St.Clairsville senior Dan Monteroso, a Purdue University football recruit, proved his other hobby isn't going to end any time soon.
Monteroso had two monster blocks, bounced a ball off a defenders back, and scored 28 points, leading No.1 St.Clairsville to the OVAC Class AAAA championship with a thrilling, 62-58 win over No.2 Steubenville. Senior point guard Riley Carlton added 10 points for the Red Devils, who repeated as OVAC champs. Steubenville was led by senior guard Periogn West with 26 points. Mylik Young added 10.
In Class 2A, No.3 seed Wheeling Central rallied to defeat No.1 Steubenville Catholic Central 52-50. Wheeling Central senior Justin Hammers made a layup with :03 left in the fourth quarter to secure the win. Maroon Knights freshman Chase Harler led the way with 18 points, David Park had 12, Brandon Wallace added 10. Steubenville Catholic was led by junior Ryan Fletcher's 22 points.
No.2 Magnolia ran away from No.1 seed Buckeye Trail 75-53 in the Class 3A final. Senior Mark Winters, a Wheeling Jesuit University recruit, scored 30 points and ranked down 14 rebounds. Stephen Rogalski, a West Virginia Wesleyan football and track recruit, contributed 17 points, Kyle Elliott added 13 points. Zach Roe led the Warriors with 29 points.
No.2 Conotton Valley claimed the OVAC Class A crown--the first in school history--with a relatively easy 65-42 win over No.1 Bishop Donahue. Rockets 6-6 stud Brandon Bailey was unstoppable with 26 points, five assists, and four blocks. The Bishops were led by sophomore Chaice Truex and junior Bryce Jones with 11 points each. The Rockets shot 50 percent from the floor.
The Class 5A final had the most exciting finish off all the championship games. No.2 Parkersburg South's Wes Mitchum drained a 25 foot, 3-point bomb as the buzzer sounded giving the Patriots an incredible 50-47 win over No.4 University High.