To be the man, you have to beat the man, and for the past three season in the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division, Trimble has been the man.
The Tomcats — who enter this season with a 31-game league winning streak and three consecutive TVC Hocking titles — were chosen as the unanimous favorite to win the nine-team league yet again, in a preseason media poll conducted by the Ohio Valley Publishing sports department.
THS received all six of the first place votes, finishing with a point total of 54. Waterford — which had a 4-4 league record in 2015 and finished tied for fourth with Miller — was a unanimous second place pick, finishing with 48 points in the poll.
Third in the poll was Belpre, which went 7-1 in the league last year, for the Golden Eagles’ best-ever TVC Hocking record. Belpre received four third place votes and two fourth place votes, making the Golden Eagles’ total 40.
Southern — which went 3-5 in the league in 2015, tying Wahama for sixth place — was picked to finish fourth in the conference with 38 points, getting two third place votes and four fourth place votes.
Miller came in fifth in the poll with 29 points, while Wahama was next with 23.
Eastern — which went 2-6 in the league in 2015 to finish eighth — was picked to finish seventh in 2016, receiving 17 points.
South Gallia — which, in 2015, was third in the TVC Hocking at 5-3 and found its way into the postseason — finished eighth in the poll with 15 points.
Federal Hocking went winless in 2015 and was picked to finish at the bottom of the league again in 2016, garnering just six points.
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