CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- At 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, it's hard enough for someone to move Martinsburg senior Eugene German.
Now he has a permanent place in the West Virginia high school sports record books.
The Bulldogs center became the first person in Mountain State history to start for a school that won Class AAA football and boys basketball state championships in the same school year Saturday, when Martinsburg (26-2) held off Beckley (23-5) by a 57-52 count to win the big school hoops title.
German, an all-tournament selection Saturday night, also won the 2012 Hunt Award as the state's top football lineman. He helped the Bulldogs to their record-tying third consecutive Class AAA football title, and will play at Charlotte.
"We almost didn't have him," Martinsburg coach Dave Rogers said. "He was coming off of football and wasn't sure he wanted to play. I told him that he should take some time and think about it, and then let me know what he thought."
German said he consulted his family and was glad that Rogers accepted him back to the squad when he finally changed his mind.
"I'm just glad he let me come back," said German, who will be joined in the Charlotte football program by George Washington senior Dustin Crouser.
"It's been quite a year," German said. "I think it's just hard work and people pushing me to be successful."
German had eight points and four rebounds in the title game. He had six points in the first quarter, as the Bulldogs built a 17-9 lead. They led by as many as 17 in the second half before Beckley embarked on a 14-0 run that put the game's outcome in doubt until the final minute, when Martinsburg senior Donte' Grantham made 4-of-4 free throws to seal the victory.
It was Martinsburg's second basketball state title in the last five years.
THE CLOCK end of the Civic Center had a negative effect on shooters throughout the tournament.