The Waterford Wildcats ruled the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division this fall, winning team titles in football, volleyball and golf. A preseason media poll, conducted by the Ohio Valley Publishing sports department, suggests that Waterford fans will enjoy the winter months just as much.
The Waterford boys and girls basketball teams were both unanimously chosen to repeat as league champions, each garnering all six first place votes for a perfect 54 points.
The Lady Wildcats completed their second straight perfect run through the nine-team league last winter en route to their first-ever state championship.
Finishing second in the girls poll was Eastern, which is the last TVC Hocking team to defeat Waterford. The Lady Eagles — who were second in the league last year with a 13-3 record — finished with 46 points in the poll.
The Lady Tornadoes — who were third in the league last year with with a 12-4 mark — received 42 points and finished third in the poll.
Fourth in the girls poll was Trimble with 33 points, followed by Belpre with 32. THS was fifth in the league last year with an 8-8 record, while the Lady Golden Eagles were fourth with an 11-5 campaign.
South Gallia received 22 points and placed sixth in the poll, the same spot that the Lady Rebels finished in the league last winter after a 5-11 campaign.
Federal Hocking —which was seventh in the league last year with a 4-12 record —was picked to finish seventh again after getting 20 poll points.
Miller was eighth in the league last winter with a 3-13 record and received 15 poll points, placing the Lady Falcons eighth.
Wahama — which hasn’t won a league game in any of the last three seasons — received six poll points, placing the Lady Falcons ninth.
Following Waterford on the boys side was 2015-16 co-champion Trimble, which received 47 points. The Wildcats and Tomcats both posted 14-2 league records last winter.
Belpre — which finished fourth in the league last winter with a 9-7 record — received 40 poll points, placing the Golden Eagles third.
Southern came in three points behind BHS, as the Tornadoes took fourth place in the poll with 37 points. Southern’s 5-11 league record placed it sixth in the league last season, but the Purple and Gold had no seniors on last year’s team.
Eastern — which finished tied for seventh in the league last year, with a 4-12 mark — took fifth in the poll with 24 points.
South Gallia was next in the poll with 23 points. The Rebels were third in the league last winter with a 12-4 record, but all five SGHS starters were lost to graduation.
Wahama took seventh in the poll with 20 points, followed by Miller with 18. The White Falcons finished fifth in the league last winter with a 7-9 record, while MHS was tied with Eastern for seventh.
Federal Hocking — which was ninth in the league last winter, with a 3-13 record — finished with seven poll points, placing the Lancers ninth.
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