WHEELING, W.Va. – There are a number of reasons why Wheeling has welcomed the Super Six Football Championships each December for more than two decades.
If you ask West Virginia Secondary School Activities Committee Executive Director Gary Ray, however, there’s one reason that’s more important than the others.
“The folks of Wheeling know how to treat student athletes,” Ray said Thursday during the Super Six Kickoff Dinner held by the Super Six Committee.
The evening, catered by Undo’s and held at the Capitol Theatre Ballroom, featured speakers such as Dianna Vargo, superintendent of Ohio County Schools; Greg Stewart, administrator of the Ohio County Commission; and Gloria Delbrugge of Wheeling City Council.
“Countless hours of planning, organization and hard work on the Super Six Committee, our sponsors and dedicated volunteers ensures the success of the championship series,” Vargo said. “The Super Six championship games provide our student athletes the opportunity to showcase their talents in an impressive venue. It is our goal that the championship weekend is one of their most memorable high school experiences.”
Stewart pointed out that for several years running ,the Ohio County Commission is the largest cash sponsor for the Super Six, and that he was excited to say that this would continue in the future. He also made a pitch for the visiting teams and their fans to visit Oglebay Park and the various retailers at The Highlands.
Ray said Wheeling is a great place for West Virginia’s student athletes to come play football and that he appreciated all the things the city does for them.
“I’d also like to thank the City of Wheeling and the Ohio County Commission,” he said. “We’re very fortunate to have groups like that. It’s very important to have that type of support in the community.”
Meanwhile, Delbrugge expressed regret that no local teams were represented in this year’s Super Six, but said that’s what next year is for.
Dwaine Rodgers, Wheeling Park High School’s athletic director, read a list of this year’s honorary referees.
They include Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack for the AA championship between Frankfort and Bridgeport; WesBanco Banking for the AAA championship between Capital and South Charleston; and Pepsi Beverages Co. for the A championship between St. Marys and Williamstown.
All games will be held this weekend at Wheeling Island Stadium. This year marks 21 years of Super Six action in Wheeling.