Lady Vikings to begin season at Lincoln County

Mark Martin

In a chat with Ripley Lady Viking girls head basketball coach John Kennedy, the ordeal of not knowing who and when his team would play this season was a bit draining.

The saga of winter sports in West Virginia has been well-documented.

High school teams for the sports of swimming, wrestling, girls basketball and boys basketball were left to do a lot of soul searching as their seasons were put on hold for what started out as several weeks and has since turned into a few months.

Unless a team reaches the State Tournament, in normal times by March the season would be over.

This year, that is when the season will begin.

It will truly be March Madness, but with a much different twist.

Regardless, hard working and dedicated coaches like Kennedy are just thankful to be looking at a schedule that appears to be “the one” in which they will play.

As the former Viking standout point guard gets set to embark on another season, his latest girls team will indeed become road warriors in the early stages.

Ripley will be away from home for six of its first eight games.

The season will get underway with a pair of trips to Lincoln County on March 3 and Wood County Christian on March 6.

The first contest inside the Ripley Health Center takes place March 8 with the Lady Skyhawks from Scott.

Ripley will then get back out on the road for three consecutive games against Point Pleasant on March 9, Winfield on March 11 and Wayne on March 13.

The Lady Vikings will host Ravenswood in the first of two rivalry matchups between the Jackson County high schools on March 15.

Ripley will then journey to Scott for its next game March 16.

The Lady Vikings will enjoy back-to-back home games for the first time in the season on March 19 and March 23, hosting Lincoln County and Point Pleasant, respectively.

March 25 and March 27 will have Ripley making trips to Nitro and East Fairmont.

Wayne comes to Ripley on March 30 to round out that month’s portion of the schedule.

The Lady Vikings will close out the regular season by playing three out of four at home in early April.

Nitro comes to Ripley April 3 before a visit from Winfield on April 5.

After a trip to Ravenswood on April 7, Ripley will play its final game on April 10 at home with Sissonville.

Class AAA sectionals are set to get underway a few days later.