If Central Valley was playing in the Class C Southern Conference it would be in a first place tie and in a battle for the PIHL playoffs.
As it stands, however, the Warriors play in the loaded Northern Conference. And qualifying for the playoffs is closer to becoming a fantasy.
Though Central Valley (5-6-2) won its first game after the 23-day holiday break, 5-2, on Jan. 15 against John Marshall, it may have dug itself too a big a hole to climb from. The Warriors currently sit eight points behind second place Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (10-3-0) and, though they have two games left with the Chargers, they also have to play undefeated Carrick (14-0-0) twice, including a game tonight at 8:40at the Ice Castle in Castle Shannon.
Central Valley did, however, receive some good news on Wednesdayas junior defenseman Spencer D’Hondt was selected to play in his second PIHL all-star game. Though he will be joined by sophomore Cameron Drake and coach Walt Scott, they will be on opposite teams because of the format of the games, which will be played Feb. 8at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Complex.