Prep girls get their chance in WVHIT

Tygarts Valley and Harman will participate in the inaugural West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament that begins today.

The tournament, which includes only public schools, has two divisions – six bigger Class A schools by classification and five smaller ones.

Division I, which includes the bigger schools, includes Cameron, Clay-Battelle, South Harrison, St. Marys, Tygarts Valley and Williamstown in the north division.

The south division features Fayetteville, Gilmer County, Man, Midland Trail, Richwood and Sherman.

Division II (smaller schools) includes Harman, Hundred, Paden City, Union and Valley (Wetzel), while the south division is Buffalo, Hannan, Meadow Bridge, Montcalm and Van.

Each team is seeded with the higher seed hosting games.

The first-round contests for today in the Division 1 north bracket include No. 4 Tygarts Valley at No. 1 St. Marys, No. 3 Williamstown at No. 2 Clay-Battelle and No. 6 South Harrison at No. 5 Cameron.

Division 1 south games for today include No. 4 Richwood at No. 1 Fayetteville, No. 3 Gilmer County at No. 2 Man and No. 6 Midland Trail at No. 5 Sherman.

Division II north games for today are No. 4 Union at No. 1 Paden City and No. 3 Valley (Wetzel) at No. 2 Hundred. Harman begins play next Saturday.

Division II south matchups for today include No. 4 Van at No. 1 Buffalo and No. 3 Montcalm at No. 2 Meadow Bridge. Hannan plays its first game next Saturday.

“We’re really excited about playing in the tournament,”?Tygarts Valley coach Mike DiPasquale said. “This gives smaller teams a chance to compete against other teams we don’t see during the regular season

“It’s been a lot of work to get this tournament ready, so hopefully it will go well and there are some good matchups.”

The tournament runs through the next two weekends. The event will conclude Feb. 1-2 at South Harrison High School.

The rankings are determined by a vote in a similar fashion to the WVSSAC tournament.

The WVHIT boys tournament has been held since 2010.