Martinsburg's current class of juniors will remain at their school for their senior seasons, as Spring Mills will contain grades 9-11 next year. After that, however, it is anyone's guess.
The only state champion that won a title on the backs of underclassmen was Class AA champ Bluefield. Led by juniors Anthony Eades, Lykel Collier and Michael Yost, the Beavers should remain the top contender in the class next season.
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POCA COACH Allen Osborne sent a text Thursday night that showed how much he is looking forward to getting back into the gym.
"Big 10 - 2, Cardinal - 0 round 1," it read.
The Big 10-Cardinal Conference Challenge, scheduled for Dec. 21 as the highlight of the annual Hoops Classic, will feature six of the eight teams that qualified for the Class AA state tournament field. Teams from the Big 10 were victorious in two head-to-head meetings in Thursday's quarterfinals.
Robert C. Byrd topped Tolsia and Fairmont Senior beat Scott.
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CAPITAL WILL play a maximum of 20 regular-season games in the 2013-14 season.
Ray ruled on March 4 that the Cougars had violated the SSAC rules that set maximum levels for games for a team and quarters played by a student-athlete in one season in the 2012-13 campaign. The Capital boys team played 23 regular-season games, one more than is allowed by the SSAC.
Coach Carl Clark was placed on probation for the 2013-14 season, as was the program. The team will be allowed to participate in postseason play.
"According to the handbook, there's three levels of disciplinary action. One is a warning, then a second is probation," said Ray, who declined to go into specifics regarding the case.
Ray said there was a third level, which could involve fines or even the suspension of a program.
"Essentially what probation means is to notify the school and the program and warn them that any further infractions could be more severe," Ray said.
Capital finished the season with a 10-15 record, and was 9-14 in the regular season.
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