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Ripley Boys Basketball New 18-game schedule out for Vikings

Mark Martin

In life there is something called a do over.

Winter sports coaches and athletic directors have certainly experienced this first-hand the past several weeks.

A do over of their schedules, that is.

And for Ripley basketball, a third slate for edition No. 3 of Vikings under head coach Luke Parsons is out.

Parsons has guided Ripley to two straight 12-win seasons.

This year, his program will again be competing in Class AAA, however, in 2021 it won’t be the largest of divisions. A new 4-A class is being implemented on a trial basis for the next two seasons.

Now, it’s just getting the first season of the four-class setup underway.

COVID-19 has delayed the winter sports of swimming, wrestling and basketball to the point the seasons will be starting close to the time they would be wrapping up in most years.

Nevertheless, Parsons looks forward to getting his latest team into practice sessions and ultimately games.

The Vikings will get in a home scrimmage with Herbert Hoover March 1 before opening up an 18-game regular season slate.

Ripley will begin with two straight games on the road against teams in the red and black. The first will be with Nitro on Friday, March 5 followed by a Saturday evening showdown with rival Ravenswood inside the Old Gymnasium.

Ripley will then be home for three consecutive games, starting with Senior Night on March 9 against Point Pleasant. That will be followed by showdowns March 11 and 13, respectively, with Winfield and Scott.

Ripley then heads to Lincoln County on March 18 to meet the Panthers.

Back-to-back games with Riverside will come next as the Warriors visit the Ripley Health Center March 20 with the Vikings returning to Kanawha County on March 22.

Ripley will be at Calvary Baptist on March 25 and then head off to Marion County March 27 to meet East Fairmont, a newcomer to the Viking schedule.

The Vikings return home to wrap up the month on the 29th by facing off with Lincoln County.

The April phase of the schedule starts on the very first day of the month when Ripley collides with Sissonville on the Indians' home floor.

On April 3, Ripley is home to Parkersburg Catholic but then gets right back out on the road April 6 to go against Point Pleasant.

A home game April 8 with Nitro will be followed up by a visit to Winfield April 10.

The final two games of the season before sectionals begin are set for April 13 and 15 against Ravenswood and Sissonville, respectively. The Sissonville game will be Teacher Appreciation Night.

Sectional action is set to unfold April 19-24. Regionals are scheduled for April 27-29.

The West Virginia Boys High School State Basketball Tournament is slated to be played May 4-8 at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.