Virtually anywhere you look in the athletic complex crews are working preparing for the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament beginning here Friday.

Lady Pioneers head coach Steve Harold was beginning to prepare a scouting report on St. Andrews.

Extra custodian crews were summoned to the gym to clean, do touch-up painting, wash windows, and wax floors.

The entire office crew was cutting out and preparing NCAA passes.

The trophies arrived and were locked in a safe place.

Dennis Fitzpatrick, the unofficial detail person who makes sure everything is attended to, was running around all over the building - impossible to keep up with.

By Monday, before noon, NCAA officials contacted Debbie Nagy telling her a package of NCAA Championship merchandise was on the way. Those items arrived Wednesday and Nagy was preparing a display.

Will Prewitt, associate commissioner of the WVIAC, arrived late Tuesday following an NCAA Championship Committee meeting he attended in Indianapolis.

Prewitt is the point man overseeing preparation, along with Ralph Hill, Chairman of the East Region NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. Hill's regular job is athletic director at Davis & Elkins.

Hill and Prewitt's responsibility is to make certain all NCAA rules are followed "to the letter."

All commercial signs in the gym had to either be taken down or covered with NCAA logos.

A sign on the gym entrance said it was "locked down" from March 5 through March 12.

New basketballs arrived for game play.

Prewitt said Glenville's entire athletic department staff was working on various aspects of the tournament. "They've done a great job."

"Hopefully by tomorrow Steve (Harold) doesn't have to worry about much other than coaching his team," Prewitt added.

Wednesday was the final day the Lady Pioneers were allowed to have a regular practice session. Beginning Thursday, the eight teams are permitted 55 minutes of practice time on the floor.

The teams are being housed in Flatwoods, while the tournament staff is staying at the local Best Western.

Twelve referees are being sent to officiate the games; four from each of the three conferences.

Prewitt predicted the tournament will be a resounding success. "The atmosphere for women's basketball is unrivaled here in Glenville," he concluded.

The NCAA Division II Women's Championship Basketball Tournament begins Friday. Games are at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Lady Pioneers face St. Andrews at 8 p.m.

The semi-finals are Saturday. The championship will be decided Monday night.

NOTE: Refer to previous Hur Herald coverage for the complete schedule of the tournament.