It's been noted a few times during the 2012-13 basketball season that Hurricane has never reached the State Tournament.
True and false.
The Redskins have never reached the State Tournament in Class AAA, but reached the state quarterfinals in 1953 as a member of Class B. The forerunner of Class A, that year's Class B quarterfinals field also included Meadow Bridge, Piedmont, Davis, Lost Creek, Pax, runner-up Hundred and state champion Athens.
For those without consolidation charts within arm's reach, Hurricane, Meadow Bridge and Hundred are the only schools in that bunch still in existence.
The rest became South Harrison (Lost Creek), Tucker County (Davis) and PikeView (Athens) through consolidation or part of Oak Hill (Pax) and Keyser (Piedmont) through absorption.
In 1953, only the semifinalists advanced to the State Tournament in Class B.
In fact, it was not until 1985 when eight teams in each of the three modern competitive classes reached what is most commonly known in the high school vernacular as "states".
Second-year Coach Lance Sutherland has the opportunity to remove all asterisks from Hurricane's postseason history tonight, when the Redskins (19-5) host Logan (8-16) in a Class AAA Region 4 co-final at 7 p.m.
The Redskins beat Logan on the Wildcats' home floor at Willie Akers Arena, 67-60, on Dec. 11. It was the teams' only meeting this season. Hurricane got 27 points and 11 assists from senior point Rasaan Harris in their sectional semifinal win over Point Pleasant last week, then had junior forward Henry Sorsaia score 27 points and pull down 13 rebounds in a 75-45 rout of Nitro in the sectional championship game Friday.
Logan fell to Huntington in the Section 2 final, 49-36. The Wildcats have appeared in the last three Class AAA State Tournaments, and own seven state titles.
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NITRO WILL also look to break a tournament drought tonight.
The Wildcats (11-13) play at Huntington (17-6) looking to advance to the State Tournament for the first time since 1999. While not as lengthy of a streak as Hurricane's, the Wildcats have gone through seven head coaches since that appearance.