A year ago, when the Patriots fell to Hedgesville in the Class AAA state championship game, they finished 21-7 (.750). The 2010-11 GW team that won its first state championship since 1971 finished 24-4 (.857).
Since the 2002-03 season, only four times has George Washington finished the season with a better winning percentage than the one owned by its current team, led by senior guard Luke Eddy.
Like South Charleston, the Patriots have just one player - Eddy - who averages more than 10 points per game. Unlike SC, which has been led in single-game scoring by six different players this season, Eddy has shouldered the load in every GW outing.
Eddy's 16 points in an overtime win against Class AAA No. 5 Parkersburg South on Wednesday put him over 500 points for the season, but dropped his scoring average to 27.1 points per game.
Eddy is on track to finish with the highest scoring average of any Kanawha Valley player in a season since Noah Cottrill averaged 30.9 in 23 games as a sophomore at Poca in the 2007-08 season.
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HOW MUCH is Bill McClanahan worth to Class A No. 2 Charleston Catholic?
The Irish have played four top 10 teams in the last 10 days, going 2-2 with convincing wins against No. 5 Parkersburg Catholic and No. 7 Buffalo. Catholic lost at No. 3 Tucker County last Friday, and were run out of the Charleston Civic Center by top-ranked Tug Valley on Wednesday night.
McClanahan was on the bench for both wins. He missed both losses. Not a teacher or otherwise an employee of Charleston Catholic High School, McClanahan has been out of town for business trips since the Irish beat Parkersburg Catholic. He was in Richmond, Va., Wednesday night.
He will be with the team tonight when it faces St. Albans, but then will miss Catholic's trip to Braxton County next Thursday. He expects to be back the next night, when the Irish (16-3) wrap up their regular season against Poca at home.
Fred McPherson, McClanahan's top assistant who has served as coach in McClanhan's absence, is 4-3 all-time in that position.
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CAPITAL'S LOSS on Tuesday at home against South Charleston dropped the Cougars to 7-14 and gave the school more losses in a single season than in any year since 2003. That year, which was 2005 Evans Award winner Josh "Cookie" Miller's sophomore season, the team finished 8-16.
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