Crusaders News · WVSSAC Boys Basketball State Tournament Preview

The Parkersburg Catholic Crusaders are heading back to the State Tournament for the first time since 2016, as they secured a victory in the Region IV Co-Final last Thursday night. PCHS outlasted the Tug Valley Panthers 59-53, hitting crucial free throws down the stretch in what was a back and forth affair most of the way. The Crusaders were lifted to a win by Cade Ullman’s 44-point performance, a career high for the senior point guard. Heading into Charleston, the Crusaders have put together a 17-7 record, Region IV Section 1 Championship, as well as a Region IV co-title.The Crusaders have earned the 6-seed in the 2019 State Tournament, as they have traversed the postseason undefeated, winning 11 of their last 13 games. This will result in a matchup with the #3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, which will be the third meeting between the two squads this year. Here is a look at the other seven teams the Crusaders have a chance of seeing in this year’s tournament:


#8 St. Marys (16-8) – The Blue Devils enter the State Tournament ready to make noise after a hot stretch has taken them far into the postseason. Despite this, they are 0-5 against other teams in this tournament, and will have their hands full with undefeated Webster County. They will take on top-seed Highlanders on Wednesday at 5:30 PM.

#7 Williamstown (19-6) – PCHS’ rival comes to Charleston after upsetting Tolsia in the Region IV Co-Final. The Yellowjackets are already 0-3 against the Crusaders this season, losing two regular season matchups, as well as the Sectional Championship. Nevertheless, Williamstown will look to make some noise as they will challenge Wheeling Central at 1 PM Wednesday afternoon.

#5 Trinity Christian (20-5) – The Warriors will look to make it 9-straight wins on Wednesday, as they have heated up heading into the State Tournament. This season they own victories over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Wheeling Central Maroon Knights, as well as a slew of other talented, eliminated teams. Their run at the title will begin with a matchup against 4-seed Greenbrier West at 9:00 PM Wednesday night.

#4 Greenbrier West (21-4) – This is the first time the Cavaliers have appeared in the Class A State Basketball Tournament, as they were a AA classification in their last appearance in 1992. Greenbrier West arrives with victories over Charleston Catholic and Greater Beckley Christian in the postseason, two teams the Crusaders handled during the regular season.

#3 Notre Dame (21-4) – The Fighting Irish will take on PCHS for the third time Wednesday morning, looking to complete the sweep against the Crusaders this season. The two victories have been very different, the earlier being a 76-59 road victory, the latter being a 70-69 home win at the buzzer. Parkersburg Catholic will look to avenge these two losses on Wednesday at 9:30 AM in the quarterfinal round.

#2 Wheeling Central (20-4) – Central Catholic enters the State Tournament hot with a 15 game winning-streak, which dates back to January 11th. One of these victories was a 75-65 victory over the Crusaders in Parkersburg, the two teams only meeting on the season.

#1 Webster County (25-0) – The Highlanders come to Charleston with a chance to make history; a championship would make them the first team since 1987 to finish the season undefeated. The Crusaders did take on the Highlanders in the LKC Championship, suffering a 58-42 loss to the conference champions. Webster County will have their work cut out for them, as the other seven Class A teams look primed to make a run.


PCHS will begin their State Tournament run on Wednesday at 9:30 AM in the Charleston Civic Center, as they look to upset the #3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Cru asks all students to wear their white State Tournament t-shirts, and to show up ready to cheer on the Crusaders. Let’s Go Blue!