After all, the two schools always seem to be running into each other at key moments on the sports calendar.
In addition to their scheduled regular-season games, the boys teams met in the first round of the state tournament each of the past two years, and the girls met in the first round this year, along with last year's semifinal showdown at the Civic Center. The girls squads also played for the MSAC title back-to-back years in 2010-11. And, of course, the football teams collided for the 2008 state title in Wheeling.
The possibility of another meeting was close, especially considering that GW picked up the No. 5 seed and Parkersburg was sixth even though the Big Reds beat the Patriots during the regular season. If GW had slid into the No. 6 hole, it would have met No. 3 SC again.
"Nothing against anybody else,'' Greene said, "but since we lost to Parkersburg head up, if we would have been sixth, nobody would have griped. We did have some pretty good quality wins, but I could understand why they might have put Parkersburg there.''
Herbert was hoping his team could land the No. 2 seed and therefore get an extra day of rest (the top two seeds play their quarterfinals Wednesday, and the winners advance to Friday's semifinals). When that didn't happen, he had a sense his team might be staring down a rematch with GW.
"I thought it was fair the way everything turned out,'' Herbert said. "That would have been the third year in a row against GW and to me, I'm glad it didn't happen. I'd just as well play somebody new.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.