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Mary ‘O’ Classic begins

Four former Parkersburg Catholic players returned for a recognition ceremony Monday night before the start of the 26th annual Mary ‘O’ Crusaderette Classic. Pictured from left to right are: Jenna Boice, Madison Ross, Aaliyah Brunny and Madeline Huffman (Photo by Kerry Patrick).

PARKERSBURG – Despite all the impressive numbers entered into the annals of women’s basketball at Parkersburg Catholic the past two seasons, the players on those shows did not get their fair share due to interference from COVID.

A perfect season suspended. There are no end-of-year team banquets.

On the Monday night before the start of the 26th annual Mary ‘O’ Crusaderette Classic, former and current players were duly recognized for a 26-0 season in 2019-20, which came to an abrupt halt following the quarterfinals victory. from Crusaderettes ending over Tucker County as well. the 2021 season that resulted in a Class AA state runner-up.

PCHS graduates Madeline Huffman, Aaliyah Brunny, Jenna Boice and Madison Ross joined the current Crusaderettes for a one-hour ceremony with PCHS coach Marty Vierheller as master of ceremonies.

The festivities included a 25-minute video montage recapping the two seasons. At the end, a banner was presented with a photo of the team from the 2019-20 season.

“It was a surprise, I had no idea, and a lot of people actually knew, so I guess they were keeping it from me,” said Huffman, who is a sophomore starting point guard at Fairmont State University. And now that it has happened, just knowing it was going to happen meant a lot. It just shows how many people we have on our side and how much love and support there is in the Parkersburg Catholic community.

“By watching that video, I was taking a trip back in time. She was remembering the good times and the sad times. Just seeing all of that makes me appreciate everything we did. It was good to relive that. “

Boice, Brunny and Ross represented a senior class that compiled a staggering 92-4 record during their four-year career at PCHS.

Nearly half of those wins came during a 44-game winning streak, which was interrupted by Wyoming East in the Class AA championship game.

“It would have been nice to get that final victory (for a state title) as a junior, but what we did was really special,” Boice said. “Playing for Parkersburg Catholic, it’s about family here more than anything. I never had sisters, but these girls were the closest I had. It was more about friendship than teammates.

“We never went out to compete with each other. We work for each other and to improve each other, and that will help me when I go into the real world and get a job, and have to get along with my coworkers. “

As part of the video presentation, a handful of players (current Crusaderettes Lainie Ross and Leslie Huffman, along with the four former players who returned for the ceremony) gave their opinion on certain parts of the seasons.

Vierheller and his assistant Tom Carr also faced the camera during some question and answer sessions.

“Here at Parkersburg Catholic, it’s about tradition and family excellence,” Carr said.

Combined with his years as an assistant at PCHS and now a head coach, Vierheller has spent 28 years with girls’ basketball on the same PCHS campus.

“The girls are the ones who make it fun,” Vierheller said. “They play a very important role in Parkersburg’s Catholic basketball legacy.”

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