The Vinton County boys and Alexander girls were picked to repeat as Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division champions, in a preseason media poll, conducted by the Ohio Valley Publishing sports department.
The Lady Spartans — who were one of three teams to share the league crown last year — received 45 poll points and five of the seven first place votes.
The two teams that Alexander shared the league crown with finished second and third in the girls poll as Nelsonville-York had 39 points and Vinton County finished with 34 points and a pair of first place votes. The Lady Spartans, Lady Buckeyes and Lady Vikings each went 10-2 in the league in the 2015-16 season.
Meigs — which was sixth in the league a year ago, with a 3-9 record — took fourth in the poll with 29 points.
The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Raiders — who tied for fourth in the league last winter, with matching 4-8 records — finished fifth and seventh in the poll, earning 26 and 11 points respectively.
Wellston — which is currently on a 17-game league losing skid — claimed 12 poll points, placing the Lady Rockets sixth.
On the boys side, Vinton County was the unanimous first place pick, garnering all seven first place votes for a perfect 49 points. The Vikings were 10-2 in the league last winter, earning their first outright league championship since the 2011-12 season.
Athens and Meigs tied for third in the league last year with matching 8-4 records. The Bulldogs took second in the poll with 40 points, while the Marauders were fourth with 29 points.
Alexander — the league runner-up last winter, with a 9-3 record — took 33 poll points and finished third.
The Buckeyes received 21 poll points, placing them fifth. NYHS was sixth in the league last winter with a 2-10 mark.
Wellston was fifth in the league a year ago with a 4-8 record, and the Golden Rockets received 14 poll points to finish sixth.
River Valley rounded out the seven-team league with 10 poll points. The Raiders went 1-11 in league last winter, finishing seventh.
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