Riverside is the Kanawha Valley's sleeping giant, injected with energy from young and enthusiastic Coach Dusty Herscher.
South Charleston has more talent than any team in the Valley, Nitro is up-and-coming under Coach Bryan Faber and, despite a defeat to state power Beckley, Hurricane has shown signs of life under Coach Lance Sutherland.
Clark puts the blame on youth. He will work with different lineups for much of the season until he comes up with one that sticks.
He hasn't found one in recent years.
"We have a bunch of young kids and even the seniors that we have are young as far as varsity basketball," Clark said. "The only player that had any really experience was Carrington (Morris) and we lost him half of the year last year. That hurts a kid and he was a sophomore last year.
"It's all about learning. The kids have to learn and accept their roles and stay positive."
Clark is in his 19th season as head coach at Capital. He has more than capable assistant coaches in J.R. Kinney and Ahmed Witten, but there's something missing among all the talent that walks the halls on Greenbrier St.
I can't, and won't, go the route that Capital Principal Clinton Giles chose in 2007 - to say Clark must resign.
Still, there's something missing on the floor at Capital High School.
Other basketball programs have made positive strides, but the Cougars have remained stagnant in recent years.
Maybe it'll change, but when you watch them play, it seems to be the same story on a different day.
I don't know about anybody else, but basketball in the Kanawha Valley is much better when Capital is a state championship contender.
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstev...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4837.