As a result of the loss, Class A Paden City's 27-0 season of 1986-87 remains the last time a boys team completed a state championship year with an unbeaten record. The last time it was accomplished by a Class AAA team was in 1985, when Stonewall Jackson finished the year with a 25-0 mark, beating St. Albans in the state championship game.
The last Class AA team to go unbeaten was the 1975 Northfork team that finished 26-0.
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SOUTH CHARLESTON Coach Vic Herbert said last week that it's common for high school teams to play to their level of competition, but that its the ability of teams to overcome that youthful trait that separates champions from also-rans.
"I've seen that my whole coaching career. They're kids, you know? When they see that a team's 5-10 or whatever, it's hard for them to not take them lightly. It comes with the territory, really," Herbert said after the top-ranked Black Eagles (14-1) committed 20 turnovers in a 54-36 win at Cabell Midland (4-11) last Wednesday.
"The thing we hope is that they see it coming. That they see the tendency in themselves and work to avoid it," Herbert said. "That takes some maturity."
South Charleston is in first place in the MSAC West, and has divisional games remaining against Spring Valley (4-11), Nitro (7-9) and Winfield (9-7) before the MSAC Night of Champions, which is set for Feb. 16. The Black Eagles face Capital (6-12) in a game that will not figure into the conference standings on Feb. 12.
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POCA SOPHOMORE Noah Frampton averages 13.1 points per game, and with good reason. The Dots' leading scorer has been extremely consistent, scoring nine, 15, 10, 12, 15, 12, 15, 12, 20, 13, 13, 13, 13, 14 and 13 points in the Dots' 15 games.
Class AA No. 2 Poca (13-2) plays host to Chapmanville (8-6) on Tuesday night.
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