www.charlestondailymail.com Prep Sports http://www.charlestondailymail.com Daily Mail feed en-us Copyright 2015, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Riverside boys slip past Ripley in sectional http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150302/DM03/150309794 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150302/DM03/150309794 Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:06:36 -0500 By Chris Wade CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Riverside had three players foul out of Monday's Class AAA Region 3, Section 1 game against Ripley and fortunately for the Warriors, Quan Brock was not one of those three.

The junior hit a lay-up with 11 seconds left in the game to give Riverside a 52-51 victory over Ripley and to keep the Warriors season alive for at least one more game.

"This was a great win," Riverside coach Craig Albright said. "Ripley is a great team with great players. We have great players. We had three guys go out to fouls. I'm so proud of them."

With the victory, the fourth seeded Warriors improve to 10-10 and advance to play No. 1 seed Capital (17-3) on the road Wednesday night at 7 p.m in a sectional semifinal. Ripley ends their season at 12-10.

"Now we get to play Capital," Albright said. "I'm looking forward to that. They are looking forward to that. It's a big challenge but it is a great opportunity to play the number one team in the state."

In the back and forth final minutes of the game that saw six lead changes and two ties, Riverside got the last and most important one when after a timeout, Brock took it to the hoop and scored the game-winning lay-up.

Ripley had a chance to take the lead after a timeout of their own, but a turnover underneath the Warrior basket with 4.3 seconds left derailed the last chance for the Vikings and seal the dramatic win for Riverside.

Albright said the plan was to go Brock all along.

"We got that timeout there and I thought we could get something going to the basket on that," Albright said. "The kids executed it perfectly. They were spread out, and Quan got the green light, and boom, there he goes. He's a player."

Brock was happy he was able to deliver for the team, especially with three starters being on the bench after fouling out.

"This win is huge for us and I just wanted to win for my team. Three of our best players fouled out. I just had to step up. I caught him (defender) off guard and made my move and was able to finish at the rim."

Tamar Lawson, Riverside's second leading scorer, fouled out with 4:32 left in the game. 12 seconds later, Dajon Watkins also went to the bench with fouls, and finally, Warrior leading scorer Josh Carpenter also fouled out with 1:22 left.

Leading up to Brock's heroics, with Ripley leading 49-47, Riverside's Trevor Smith hit a three-pointer off a offensive rebound and assist from Brock to give the Warriors a one point lead with 40 seconds left.

The Vikings raced down court and Ripley center Luke Layhew was fouled, and hit both free throws with 32.5 seconds to play, setting up the final drive and score from Brock.

Ripley coach Evan Faulkner, a former University of Charleston standout, indicated Riverside made one more play than his Vikings, and that was the difference in the game.

"It is tough," Faulkner said. "It's a one possession game. This is tournament time and you have to figure out a way and unfortunately they did that a little better than we did."

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Roundup: Nitro, Buffalo boys pick up sectional wins http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150302/DM03/150309795 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150302/DM03/150309795 Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:02:41 -0500

FROM STAFF REPORTS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Nitro sophomore Austin Woodrum picked a good time to have a career night.

The guard hit four of his six 3-pointers during Nitro's season-high 27-point second quarter in a 73-59 victory over Point Pleasant (3-16) in the Class AAA, Region 4, Section 1 boys basketball quarterfinal on Monday night at Nitro High School.

Woodrum finished with a career-high 25 points for the Wildcats (5-18), the section's No. 4 seed. Nitro advances to Wednesday's sectional semifinal matchup against top-seeded Hurricane, last season's state tournament runner-up.

Monday night's victory was the second of the season for Nitro over Point Pleasant. Coach Garrett Burdette picked up his first career coaching victory against the Big Blacks at the Hoops Classic in December.

Neil Sallada had 18 points and Ian Lee added 12 for the victors, who had a season-high 11 3-pointers in the victory.

Cody Sroufe and Brian Gibbs had 18 and 15 points respectively for Point Pleasant.

Buffalo 66, Hannan 47 - Buffalo outscored Hannan in all four quarters to win the Class A Region 4 Section 2 first round game. The Bison's Ethan Burgess led all scorers with 22 points going 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Devin Rich added another 11 for Buffalo in the win. Isaiah Burgess led Hannan with 20 points. Corey Hudnall and Tyler Burnes each scored 10 points in the loss. Buffalo will play no. 1 Charleston Catholic in the semifinal on Wednesday.

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Updated high school boys basketball sectionals http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150302/DM03/150309798 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150302/DM03/150309798 Mon, 2 Mar 2015 21:45:06 -0500 Statewide boys basketball sectional schedule, results

Class AAA

Region 1, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Wednesday: No. 4 Brooke at No. 1 Parkersburg South; No. 3 Parkersburg at No. 2 Wheeling Park

Friday: Final, at higher seed

Region 1, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Wednesday: No. 4 John Marshall at No. 1 Morgantown; No. 3 University at No. 2 Preston

Friday: Final, at higher seed

Region 2, Section 1

Monday: Spring Mills 67, Hedgesville 57; Musselman 65, Washington 48

Wednesday: No. 4 Spring Mills at No. 1 Martinsburg, 7 p.m.; No. 3 Musselman at No. 2 Jefferson, 7 p.m.

Friday: Final, at higher seed, 7 p.m.

Region 2, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Wednesday: No. 4 Elkins vs. No. 1 Hampshire, at Keyser, 7 p.m.; No. 3 Buckhannon-Upshur at No. 2 Lewis County, 7 p.m.

Friday: Final, at higher seed

Region 3, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Monday: Riverside 52, Ripley 51

Wednesday: No. 3 George Washington at No. 2 South Charleston; No. 4 Riverside at No. 1 Capital

Friday: Final, at higher seed

Region 3, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Monday: Shady Spring 73, Oak Hill 57

Wednesday: No. 3 Princeton at No. 2 Woodrow Wilson; No. 4 Shady Spring at No. 1 Greenbrier East

Friday: Final, at higher seed

Region 4, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Monday: Nitro 73, Point Pleasant 59

Wednesday: No. 3 St. Albans at No. 2 Winfield; No. 4 Nitro winner at No. 1 Hurricane

Friday: Final, at higher seed

Region 4, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

at Cabell Midland

Monday: Lincoln County 60, Cabell Midland 52

Wednesday: No. 2 Logan vs. No. 3 Spring Valley; No. 4 Lincoln County vs. No. 1 Huntington

Friday: Final

Class AA

Region 1, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.

Feb. 28: Weir 75, North Marion 54

Tuesday: No. 3 East Fairmont at No. 2 Oak Glen; No. 5 Weir at No. 1 Fairmont Senior

Friday: Final, at higher seed

Region 1, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Monday: Ritchie County 55, Braxton County 53

Tuesday: No. 4 Ritchie at No. 1 Ravenswood; No. 3 Roane County at No. 2 Webster County

Friday: Final, at higher seed

Region 2, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Tuesday: No. 4 Petersburg at No. 1 Keyser; No. 3 Berkeley Springs at No. 2 Frankfort

Friday: Final, at higher seed

Region 2, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Saturday: Lincoln 66, Liberty-Harrison 33; Grafton 72, Philip Barbour 55

Tuesday: No. 4 Grafton at No. 1 Bridgeport; No. 3 Lincoln at No. 2 Robert C. Byrd

Thursday: Final, at higher seed

Region 3, Section 1

Feb. 27, at Westside: Summers County 57, Independence 56

Tuesday, at Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center: No. 3 Liberty-Raleigh vs. No. 2 Wyoming East, 6 p.m.; No. 4 Summers County vs. No. 1 Westside, 8 p.m.

Thursday: Final, at Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, 7:30 p.m.

Region 3, Section 2

Feb. 27: James Monroe 48, River View 39

Tuesday (at Princeton): No. 5 James Monroe vs. No. 1 Bluefield, 6 p.m.; No. 3 Mount View vs. No. 2 PikeView, 8 p.m.

Thursday (at Princeton): Final, 7 p.m.

Region 4, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Feb. 28: Nicholas County 57, Clay County 49

Tuesday: No. 3 Herbert Hoover at No. 2 Sissonville; No. 4 Nicholas County at No. 1 Poca

Friday: Final, at higher seed

Region 4, Section 2

At Willie Akers Arena, Logan

Feb. 28: Wayne 61, Tolsia 53

Monday: Wayne 46, Chapmanville 43; Mingo Central 58, Scott 42.

Friday: No. 4 Wayne vs. No. 3 Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.

Class A

Region 1, Section 1

At Moundsville Fieldhouse

Feb. 28: Cameron 72, Madonna 61; Bishop Donahue 83, Hundred 42.

Wednesday No. 3 Bishop Donahue vs. No. 2 Magnolia, 6 p.m.; No. 4 Cameron vs. No. 1 Wheeling Central

Friday: Final, 7 p.m.

Region 1, Section 2

Feb. 28: Valley-Wetzel 56, Tyler Consolidated 46; Trinity Christian 77, Clay-Battelle 50

Wednesday (at Doddridge County): No. 3 Trinity vs. No. 2 Paden City, 6 p.m.; No. 4 Valley vs. No. 1 St. Marys, 7:30 p.m.

Friday (at Doddridge County): Final, 7 p.m.

Region 2, Section 1

Feb. 28: Tygarts Valley 52, Union 46; Harman 55, South Harrison 41

Wednesday (at Elkins): No. 4 Tygarts Valley vs. No. 1 Notre Dame, 6 p.m.; No. 3 Harman winner vs. No. 2 Tucker County, 7:45 p.m.

Friday (at Elkins): Final, 7 p.m.

Region 2, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Feb. 28: East Hardy 68, Paw Paw 33

Tuesday: No. 4 East Hardy at No. 1 Moorefield; No. 3 Pendleton County at No. 2 Pocahontas County

Friday (at Petersburg): Final

Region 3, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Feb. 28: Sherman 79, Van 63; Man 83, Montcalm 31

Tuesday: No. 4 Sherman at No. 1 Tug Valley; No. 3 Man at No. 2 Greater Beckley Christian

Friday: Final, at higher seed

Region 3, Section 2

at Oak Hill High School

Monday: Fayetteville 65, Midland Trail 50; Greenbrier West 58, Meadow Bridge 47

Wednesday: No. 1 Valley vs. No. 5 Fayetteville, 5:30 p.m.; No. 2 Richwood vs. No. 6 Greenbrier West, 7:30 p.m.

Friday: Final, at higher seed, 7:30 p.m.

Region 4, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Feb. 28: Parkersburg Catholic 65, Wirt County 62; Calhoun County 61, Doddridge County 49

Tuesday: No. 5 Parkersburg Catholic at No. 1 Williamstown; No. 6 Calhoun County at No. 2 Gilmer County

Friday: Final, at higher seed

Region 4, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Monday: Buffalo 66, Hannan 47

Wednesday (at Charleston Catholic Athletic Complex): No. 4 Buffalo vs. No. 1 Charleston Catholic, 6 p.m.; No. 3 Wahama vs. No. 2 St. Joseph, 7:30 p.m.

Friday: Final, at neutral site

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South Charleston boys put two-game losing streak behind them http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150302/DM03/150309804 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150302/DM03/150309804 Mon, 2 Mar 2015 20:55:17 -0500 By Rich Stevens CHARLESTON, W.Va. - South Charleston coach Vic Herbert put it simply.

"Let's play Wednesday and see what happens," he said as his team prepares to face George Washington in the Class AAA, Region 3, Section 1 semifinals at the South Charleston Community Center.

The Black Eagles (19-3) lost their second consecutive game with a 58-45 loss at Wheeling Park. Standout point guard Brandon Knapper didn't play in that game for SC, sitting during a one-game suspension for his actions in the Mountain State Athletic Conference championship game loss to Capital.

Herbert wants to know how his team responds to back-to-back losses.

"Where's your confidence," Herbert said. "I'll tell you Wednesday about three or four minutes into the game. You don't know. We're going to get back to certain ways I do things that we went away from because of personnel."

South Charleston managed its 19-win season without A.D. Cunningham, who was lost for the season following an injury during football season. Also, Shawn Cunningham and Jonah Cosby transferred to George Washington. Cosby is averaging 13.1 points per game for the Patriots.

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SPEAKING OF the Wheeling Park loss. During halftime, a $2,000 check was presented for the family of South Charleston cheerleader Nikole Josephine Booth, who was killed in a car accident on the way to Wheeling for the Black Eagles' Super Six championship game against Capital in December.

"My golly, they sent a hat around during home games throughout the season and collected all that money," Herbert said. "That was emotional for me. That was really special and I thanked everyone I could find. That's not a common thing for people to do."

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SOME NUMBERS to ponder as the postseason gets into full swing:

n Hurricane senior guard Trey Dawson, best known for his work at shortstop for the school's 2014 Class AAA state championship baseball team, has 1,387 career points for the basketball team. The school's all-time leading scorer is J.J. Jones, who had 1,488 points between 2002-06. Jones played only nine games his freshman year and participated in 77 during his career. Wednesday's Region 4, Section 1 semifinal game will be Dawson's 100th career game and, at his current pace this season (20 points per game), he needs to play five more games to pass Jones, meaning Hurricane will have to reach the Class AAA state tournament semifinals (two sectional games, one regional game and two state tourney contests).

n Capital senior guard Jordan Kinney has 748 points entering the final postseason of his career. That may seem low, but Kinney - who grew about 4 inches since last season - scored six points in limited time as a freshman, 133 as a sophomore and 262 last season during Capital's 20-game season. Capital, the No. 1 seed in the Class AAA, Region 3, Section 1 tournament, hosts Riverside on Wednesday. The Warriors beat Ripley on Monday.

STREAKS:

n The hottest team in the Kanawha Valley is Poca. The Dots are on a 41-game regular season winning streak and have hardly been threatened this season. If the Dots felt weary and emotional while trying to complete the first undefeated regular season in coach Allen Osborne's 38 seasons on the bench, they didn't show it down the stretch. Poca hasn't surrendered more than 45 points in its last seven games. The Dots, the top seed in Region 4, Section 1, host Nicholas County in Tuesday's sectional semifinal. Poca has beaten the Grizzlies by a combined 146-75.

n Hurricane is on an 11-game winning streak and hasn't lost since Jan. 20 in a 65-59 defeat at George Washington. Hurricane is 9-1 this season at home, where its two sectional games and regional co-final will be played if the Redskins continue winning.

n Also rolling is Capital, which has won its last 10 games with five of those coming against sectional opponents George Washington (twice), Riverside, Ripley, and South Charleston. The Cougars played just three games in 13 days (Feb. 14-26), winning by an average of 24.3 points against Princeton, South Charleston and Logan.

ELSEWHERE:

n It would hard to argue against Class A, Region 1, Section 1 being the state's top small school section. Three of the top four teams in last week's Associated Press Class A Poll reside here, with No. 1 Wheeling Central (20-2), which split two meetings with Magnolia, the No. 3 Blue Eagles (17-5), who are 3-2 against Bishop Donahue and the Maroon Knights and No. 4 Bishop Donahue (19-2), which is 1-2 against Magnolia. One of those will be eliminated on Wednesday at the Moundsville Fieldhouse with the Bishops and Blue Eagles squaring off. Wheeling Central is the defending state champion, Magnolia reached the state tournament quarterfinals in 2013 and Bishop Donahue hasn't reached the state tournament since 2007 when it lost in the title game and dropping an 83-40 decision to Charleston Catholic.

Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstevens@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4837. Follow him on Twitter @richdailymail

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West Virginia girls prep teams vie for tourney berths http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150302/DM03/150309858 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150302/DM03/150309858 Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:30:47 -0500

FROM STAFF REPORTS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The road to the 40th girls state high school tournament might be a little tougher for Capital and Hurricane, but the Cougars and Redskins remain one victory away from reaching the final eight.

Meanwhile, South Charleston - the fourth-ranked team in the final Associated Press Class AAA Poll - and St. Albans, which is sixth-ranked, will be playing at home on Tuesday in their respective co-finals as Class AAA teams play for a spot in the state tournament.

Unranked Capital will head to Fairlea for the Region 3 co-final to face seventh-ranked Greenbrier East, which is seeking its second consecutive spot in the state tournament since being upset in the regional co-final by Capital in 2013.

Hurricane, which is 10th in the Class AAA Poll, also is on the road for its Region 4 co-final, visiting No. 9 Spring Valley, which was the top seed at the 2013 state tournament, but failed to reach the final eight last season. The other Region 4 co-final will pit No. 3 Huntington against No. 6 St. Albans on the Red Dragons' home court. Region 4 is the only region with four ranked teams among the final 16 in Class AAA.

In Region 1, unranked John Marshall visits No. 2 Parkersburg South and unranked Parkersburg visits No. 1 Morgantown.

In Region 2, Hampshire visits Martinsburg in a battle of unranked teams, while No. 8 Jefferson visits unranked Buckhannon-Upshur.

The Class AA regional co-finals take place on Wednesday and the Class A state tournament play-in games are set for Thursday.

The winners of the regional co-finals will earn a trip to the Charleston Civic Center for the girls high school state tournament March 11-14.

Morgantown won the Class AAA title in 2014, while Westside won Class AA and St. Joseph claimed its sixth consecutive Class A crown.

Class AAA

All games 7 p.m. Tuesday

Region 1

John Marshall at Parkersburg South

Parkersburg at Morgantown

Region 2

Hampshire at Martinsburg

Jefferson at Buckhannon-Upshur

Region 3

Princeton at South Charleston

Capital at Greenbrier East

Region 4

Huntington at St. Albans

Hurricane at Spring Valley

Class AA

All games 7 p.m. Wednesday

Region 1

North Marion at Ravenswood

Ritchie County at Fairmont Senior

Region 2

Frankfort at Lincoln

Bridgeport at Keyser

Region 3

Summers County at Bluefield

PikeView at Wyoming East

Region 4

Sissonville at Mingo Central

Scott at Clay County

Class A

All games 7 p.m. Thursday

Region 1

Magnolia at St. Marys

Trinity at Wheeling Central

Region 2

Notre Dame at Pocahontas County

Pendleton County at Tucker County

Region 3

Sherman at Fayetteville

Midland Trail at Tug Valley

Region 4

Gilmer County at St. Joseph

Charleston Catholic at Williamstown

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St. Albans girls get another shot at regional win http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150301/DM03/150309921 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150301/DM03/150309921 Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:27:26 -0500 By Derek Taylor CHARLESTON, W.Va. - St. Albans will play host to a Region 4 girls basketball co-final for the third time in as many years Tuesday, when Huntington visits Tex Williams Gymnasium with a Class AAA state tournament berth on the line.

The matchup presents the Red Dragons, and basketball fans alike, with an interesting example of why it's a bad idea to compare scores in anticipation of an upcoming game. The Highlanders lost by 24 points to Spring Valley in the Region 4, Section 2 championship game Friday night in Logan. St. Albans has beaten Spring Valley twice this season, most recently getting an 81-79 win over the Timberwolves in the Mountain State Athletic Conference Night of Champions.

However, in the teams' only meeting this year, Huntington beat St. Albans 63-45 in Huntington on Feb. 10.

"We're going to have to slow things down. We have to understand that we can't run with them," SA coach Scott James said of the Highlanders. "They're fast, and they've got some size up front."

St. Albans (19-5) handled Spring Valley (16-8) twice this season on the strength of its defense and the Dragons' ability to get to the line by working the ball inside to senior center Breanna Propst and sophomore forward/guard Alli Johnson. The same advantages aren't so easily exploited against Huntington, which enters the game with a 20-4 record. The Highlanders' loss to Spring Valley was their first to a West Virginia school since they fell by 10 points to defending state champion Morgantown on Jan. 29.

Still, James said his team - which has won 13 of its last 14 games - will be focused and ready for the challenge as it attempts to end a state tournament drought that stretches back to 1993.

"The girls are excited," James said. "I think some of them expected to play Spring Valley again, but some of them were expecting Huntington since (Spring Valley All-State forward) Madi Morris came back from being injured, they're playing a lot better.

"Our girls, this will be the third time they've been in this position," James said. "They really want to get to the state tournament this time around."

St. Albans lost to Logan in the 2013 Region 4 co-finals before the Wildcats went on to reach the Class AAA title game, where they fell to Parkersburg South. Last year, the Dragons met Cabell Midland at the regional level after having beaten the Knights twice in the regular season. Midland got a 52-42 win in SA.

Jordyn Dawson led the Highlanders in scoring during the regular season, averaging 17.4 points per game. Dazha Congleton averages 14.9 points for Huntington, and nearly had a triple-double of points, rebounds and assists in the team's MSAC championship win over South Charleston on Feb. 21.

St. Albans freshman point guard Jaden McDaniels was slowed by a thigh bruise in regional play, but James said she was back to about 80 percent of her full health by the time the Dragons beat Hurricane for the Section 1 title last Friday. She is expected to be at full strength Tuesday night. McDaniels' scoring average has dropped to 11.1 points per game in the last week, while Johnson has shouldered more of the team's scoring burden. Johnson now averages 11.2 points per game. Propst leads the team at 12.2 points per game.

Tipoff for all regional co-finals is 7 p.m.

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SISSONVILLE'S 52-48 loss at Clay County in the Class AA Region 4, Section 1 championship game Friday night will send the Indians (20-3) on the road to Mingo Central (13-8) in regional play on Wednesday.

Sissonville beat the Miners twice in the regular season, but coach Rich Skeen said he reminded the Indians of their true position after falling to the Panthers for the second time in as many games this year.

"We beat them twice, but we're going to their home court, I told them, this time of year everybody wants to make it to Charleston," Skeen said. "It's the premier event in the state, and everybody wants to get there. It's not going to be easy."

Sissonville struggled early against the Panthers and never could fully overcome an early 16-point deficit. Clay senior All-State forward McKinzee Barker had a field day in the win, scoring 27 points and pulling down 14 rebounds while playing most of the game with what appeared to be a broken nose.

The Panthers (19-3) will play host to Scott (6-14) in the other Region 4 co-final on Wednesday.

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HURRICANE WILL play for its first state tournament berth since 1996 when it travels to Spring Valley for the other Class AAA Region 4 co-final on Tuesday. Redskins senior Abby Watson is the area's leading scorer among teams still alive in postseason play, and averages 21.2 points per game.

Watson, who became the school's all-time leading scorer among both boys and girls, enters the game with 1,926 career points.

The Redskins (15-7) fell to St. Albans in sectional play, and lost 59-53 to Spring Valley when the teams played in Huntington on Jan. 27.

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SOUTH CHARLESTON clinched the Class AAA Region 3, Section 1 title by beating Capital on Friday night, and will play host to Princeton (8-14) with a state tournament berth on the line Tuesday. SC (19-4) is trying to reach the state tournament for the seventh time in the last eight seasons.

Capital (8-14) will travel to play Section 2 champion Greenbrier East on Tuesday night.

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CLASS A Charleston Catholic (9-11) got a total of one point out of its two leading scorers - senior Catherine Bandak and sophomore Vida Imani - in its 62-28 loss to six-time defending state champion St. Joseph (16-5) in the Region 4, Section 2 title game last Friday. The Irish will travel to face Williamstown (18-5) in a regional co-final on Thursday night.

Contact Derek Taylor at derek.taylor@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-5170. Follow him on Twitter at @ItsreallyDT.

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Indy's wait not so long this time; Winfield's Humphreys makes history http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150301/DM03/150309922 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150301/DM03/150309922 Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:26:22 -0500 By Tom Bragg CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Independence had to wait 18 years between its first Class AA/A state wrestling team championship and its second, however the wait between title No. 2 and title No. 3 was much shorter.

The Patriots emerged from three days of wrestling at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington on Saturday with their second team title in as many seasons, aided by four individual champions and a host of place-winners.

Indy's Will Cox (132-pounds), Jacob Hart (145), Dustin Justice (160) and Alex Daniels (195) each won their respective weight classes in Huntington, while Tanner Harris (106) and Trey Williams (220) each took second place.

"We approached (this season) the same way (as last season)," Independence coach Cliff Warden said. "If we were going to do it again we wanted to score more points than we scored last year. The hunger for those guys to win another one was just as much as it was to win the first."

The Patriots achieved their goal, scoring 203 points to win this season compared to their 181 points a season ago. Of the six champions and runners-up, Justice is the only senior. Harris is a freshman, Hart is a sophomore with Daniels, Cox and Williams all juniors. Add sophomore Noah Adams, an individual title winner as a freshman in 2014 whose only loss this season came at the state tournament, where he finished third at 170, and Independence appears to be loaded for runs at the state championship for several years to come. Adams' loss came against Sissonville's Austin Cook when Adams was disqualified for an illegal slam, Warden said.

"Probably 8 of 10 officials wouldn't have caught it; we just had one of the two that would," he said. "(Adams) picked him up and put him down, the problem was he arm-trapped on the side when he put him down. A lot of times an official on their toes will break a match right there when it's stood up."

The Patriots had 38 wrestlers on their roster and of those 18 were freshman. Of the 14 varsity weight classes, Independence had freshman at six spots in the lineup. With so many underclassmen returning and only two seniors graduating, Warden said the next crop of younger wrestlers coming into the program will have a fight on their hands to find a spot among the 14 weight classes.

"We placed three of those freshman out of the six that were in the lineup," Warden said. "Another fell one match short. I think it's going to be hard to get in the lineup. There are only a couple of spots in that lineup."

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WINFIELD SENIOR Bryce Humphreys came out of a loaded 132-pound Class AAA weight class with his third individual title and made a bit of history along the way. Humphreys was named the Class AAA Most Outstanding Wrestler for this season and is the first wrestler from Putnam County to ever win the award. Among the Kanawha Valley schools, Humphreys is just the sixth winner of the award dating back to 1969 and the first since 2008. The other five were all from Kanawha County schools - Stonewall Jackson's Charles Wright (1970), George Washington's James McKivern (1972), GW's Mark Samples (1994), Nitro's Matt Easter (2003) and Seth Easter (2008).

Humphreys beat Ripley's Lucas Simpkins, also a former state title winner and the person that ended Humphreys' long unbeaten streak earlier this season at the WSAZ Invitational, in dramatic fashion by scoring in the closing seconds of the match to overtake the Vikings' junior. It's an accomplishment that Winfield coach Mike Cochran said has already made an impact on the future of the Generals' wrestling program.

"Whoever won that match should have been the Most Outstanding Wrestler," he said. "That's how tough that weight class was.

"It's a signature win. (Assistant coach) J.R. (Cochran) is a friend of a lot of the guys at the middle school and I can honestly tell you that it's already had an impact. One of the kids from the middle school team, he's coming up and will be a freshman. He had talked about how he was now inspired to do what it takes to get to that level. That is what he wants to do. Bryce has instantly inspired the younger guys. They have name and a face. They know him."

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GW PLACED three wrestlers into Saturday's championship matches and emerged with one winner, senior David Smith at 285. Smith, who finished his season 54-0 and has committed to play football at Kent State, pinned Musselman's Kyle DeGrave in 28 seconds to win his second title in as many seasons and was just as dominant nearly the entire tournament. All of Smith's wins in Huntington came by pinfall in less than one minute. Parkersburg South's Dane Mills pushed Smith to overtime before Smith eventually won on points, 3-2. GW juniors Sam Moore (126) and Hunter Jones (170) finshed as runners-up.

Nitro senior Hunter Skeens also won a state title at 220. Skeens defeated Huntington sophomore Ryan Mills for the Wildcats' first individual state champion since Seth Easter in 2008 and the program's 21st overall winner.

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ST. ALBANS wrapped up a strong season with two third-place finishers - Micah Crewdson (126) and Trey Harmon (138). Other Class AAA place-winners from the Kanawha Valley were Riverside's Steve Slack (4th, 103) and Hunter Green (4th, 145), GW's Philip Sharp (5th, 113) and David Pancake (5th, 132), Nitro's Terrel Jackson (4th, 160), Winfield's Evan Fairchild (6th, 145) and Noah Julian (4th, 220) and Capital's Chris Harris (5th, 220).

In Class AA/A, Herbert Hoover's Chase Stover (4th, 113) and Alex Goff (6th, 152), Sissonville's Austin Cook (5th, 170) and Clay Whitney (6th, 285) and Buffalo's Dylan Lucas (5th, 152), were the KV's other place-winners.

Contact sportswriter Tom Bragg at tom.bragg@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4871. Follow him on Twitter @TomBraggSports.

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Rich Stevens: Sectional system not perfect, but not seriously flawed http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150301/DM03/150309923 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150301/DM03/150309923 Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:19:07 -0500 By Rich Stevens CHARLESTON, W.Va. - "Screws fall out all the time, the world is an imperfect place."

John Bender's iconic line directed at Principal Vernon in the cult classic, "The Breakfast Club" has multiple uses beyond a John Hughes movie script.

Lessee ... take, for example, the sectional seeding process to rank West Virginia high school basketball teams.

This week boys teams will complete the first portion of their postseason with visits to hostile environments while wondering how they got there, figuratively and literally, in our wonderfully quaint, yet geographically challenged state.

This subject has been debated since the system was put in place for the 2008-09 season. The coaches rank the teams in their respective regions, votes are tallied (No. 1 team gets one vote, No. 2 gets two, etc.) and teams are ranked and separated into their respective sections.

In the spirit of full disclosure, there was some unscrupulous voting done that first year, prompting the decision to eliminate each team's highest and lowest vote beginning in 2009.

Let's face it, that system can also be manipulated. Just vote a particular team second or next-to-last to give your shady vote a chance to count.

Not surprising, conspiracy theorists still crawl out of the woodwork to belittle the practice.

College football's system to determine a national champion was supposed to be fixed, but this past season's final four also was criticized.

I can't speak for all of the state's sportswriters, but I don't put much credence into polls and all-conference teams on which coaches vote. Subjectivity is a breeding ground for bias, intentional or not.

I've heard some fans and sportswriters (most with an agenda) say they've seen coaches vote unfairly "every year."

Evidence please?

Coaches make use of comparative scores, head-to-head results, overall record and general quality of play to confirm their decisions. I'm sure texts are frantically exchanged until the deadline - noon Tuesday before sectionals are scheduled to begin.

The belief is that there are multiple coaches in each region ganging up on a guy who runs up the score, acts inappropriately, has a surly personality or is the coach of ... gasp ... a private school.

In 15 of the 32 sections, the title game will be played at the home of the higher seed. Home court advantage isn't a guarantee, but it helps.

It'll help Tug Valley.

In Class A, Region 3, Section 1, the top seed went to the Panthers, who split their regular-season series with Greater Beckley Christian, the No. 2 seed.

The Crusaders lost to Westside, but beat Class AAA Capital, won at fourth-ranked Magnolia and have an 11-game winning streak entering Tuesday's sectional semifinal matchup against Man or Montcalm.

Tug Valley's body of work shows a sweep of Mingo Central, a victory over Notre Dame, an 11-point loss to Wesley Christian and a five-point loss to Sheldon Clark, Ky. Its most-curious defeat came by two points at St. Joseph on Jan. 31. Greater Beckley defeated St. Joe 69-54 in the Shootout in the Big House at the Charleston Civic Center.

Greater Beckley Christian is 18-2 and No. 2 in the Associated Press Class A Poll; Tug Valley is 14-5 and ranked seventh.

Coaches Brian Helton of Greater Beckley Christian and Garland "Rabbit" Thompson of Tug Valley told me that there are multiple opinions in voting and good arguments for most.

After comparative inspection of seeds in relation to strength of schedule and head-to-head, Greater Beckley Christian has a legitimate gripe.

Folks, that would be one section of the 32 in the state that, at least on paper, is skewed.

If unscrupulous voting is the culprit, is it because Greater Beckley Christian is a private school?

There could be a collective "we'll show you" from public Class A schools in that region. The general dislike for private schools among many public school officials is evidenced with the Hometown Invitational Tournament, which debuted in 2011.

To Greater Beckley Christian's credit, there has been no complaining from the coaches and players - the only people hurt by the result.

Helton, who returned this season after coaching the Crusaders from 2001-07, didn't bemoan the system.

"Given the geography and competition levels across all these sections across the state, I don't know if there's a better way or not," he said. "I don't know if there will ever be a perfect system. Given our geography, I'm not sure if there's a perfect way to do it."

Give that man a cigar.

If Greater Beckley Christian reaches the sectional final on Friday and plays at Tug Valley, the better bet is on the Panthers. That creates a likely trip for Greater Beckley to Smithers to face Valley for a spot in the state tournament.

The Greyhounds are flying under the radar in this region, but have a pair of dynamic guards in Tracy Conliffe and Henry Barron-Houchins.

Still, odds are that Greater Beckley and Tug Valley reach the Charleston Civic Center.

One Class AAA coach told me, "So there's a chance they both make it with the second seed in the section getting the top seed in the state tournament?"

Yep.

It might seem obvious that Thompson likes the seeding because his team is No. 1, but it's deeper than that.

"I voted for seeding the sections," said the eighth-year coach. "I don't care to play at a central location, but I don't want to go to Greater Beckley Christian for 25 years, and I'm sure Greater Beckley Christian wouldn't want to come to us for 25 years."

That's a two-hour drive folks ... in a car, not a long, clunky bus.

He also would be fine with a rotation of sectional locations or a central location, although that would be hard to come by in a sectional that spans five counties -

Boone (Sherman and Van), Logan (Man), Mercer (Montcalm), Mingo (Tug Valley), and Raleigh (Greater Beckley Christian).

I don't have enough room to explain all of the pitfalls of the multiple recommendations I've seen to revamp the system.

The fact is it isn't perfect.

For those of us who have dealt with the antiquated sectional, regional system prior for years before 2008, it's the best it has ever been.

Can it be better?

I'm not sure, because no matter whose hands get hold of it, there will be human error and subjectivity.

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West Virginia boys basketball sectional schedules http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150301/DM03/150309939 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150301/DM03/150309939 Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:46:46 -0500

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Class AA Summers County and Class A Parkersburg Catholic advanced this past weekend as the West Virginia high school boys basketball sectionals got underway around the state.

Twelve of the 32 sections began postseason play on Friday or Saturday with the other 20 beginning this week.

The Bobcats, the No. 4 seed in Region 3, Section 1, slipped by Independence 57-56 and will face No. 1 seed Westside at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center on Tuesday.

The No. 5 seed in Class A, Region 4, Section 1, Parkersburg Catholic also advanced, earning a 65-62 victory over fifth-seeded Wirt County.

The five Class AAA sections that include five teams begin on Monday, while the other three - each with four teams - will hold their semifinals on Wednesday and championships on Friday.

WEST VIRGINIA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SECTIONALS

Class AAA

Region 1, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

March 4: No. 4 Brooke at No. 1 Parkersburg South; No. 3 Parkersburg at No. 2 Wheeling Park

March 6: Final, at higher seed

Region 1, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

March 4: No. 4 John Marshall at No. 1 Morgantown; No. 3 University at No. 2 Preston

Friday: Final, at higher seed

Region 2, Section 1

March 2: No. 5 Hedgesville at No. 4 Spring Mills, 7 p.m.; No. 6 Washington at No. 3 Musselman, 7 p.m.

March 4: Hedgesville-Spring Mills winner at No. 1 Martinsburg, 7 p.m.; Washington-Musselman winner at No. 2 Jefferson, 7 p.m.

March 6: Final, at higher seed, 7 p.m.

Region 2, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

March 4: No. 4 Elkins vs. No. 1 Hampshire, at Keyser, 7 p.m.; No. 3 Buckhannon-Upshur at No. 2 Lewis County, 7 p.m.

March 6: Final, at higher seed

Region 3, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

March 2: No. 5 Ripley at No. 4 Riverside

March 4: No. 3 George Washington at No. 2 South Charleston; Ripley-Riverside winner at No. 1 Capital

March 6: Final, at higher seed

Region 3, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

March 2: No. 5 Oak Hill at No. 4 Shady Spring

March 4: No. 3 Princeton at No. 2 Woodrow Wilson; Oak Hill-Shady Spring winner at No. 1 Greenbrier East

March 6: Final, at higher seed

Region 4, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

March 2: No. 5 Point Pleasant at No. 4 Nitro

March 4: No. 3 St. Albans at No. 2 Winfield; Point-Nitro winner at No. 1 Hurricane

March 6: Final, at higher seed

Region 4, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

at Cabell Midland

March 2: No. 5 Cabell Midland vs. No. 4 Lincoln County

March 4: No. 2 Logan vs. No. 3 Spring Valley; Midland-Lincoln winner vs. No. 1 Huntington

March 6: Final

Class AA

Region 1, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.

Feb. 28: Weir 75, North Marion 54

March 3: No. 3 East Fairmont at No. 2 Oak Glen; No. 5 Weir at No. 1 Fairmont Senior

March 6: Final, at higher seed

Region 1, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

March 2: No. 5 Braxton County at No. 4 Ritchie County

March 3: Braxton-Ritchie winner at No. 1 Ravenswood; No. 3 Roane County at No. 2 Webster County

March 6: Final, at higher seed

Region 2, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

March 3: No. 4 Petersburg at No. 1 Keyser; No. 3 Berkeley Springs at No. 2 Frankfort

March 6: Final, at higher seed

Region 2, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Feb. 28: Lincoln 66, Liberty-Harrison 33; Grafton 72, Philip Barbour 55

March 3: No. 4 Grafton at No. 1 Bridgeport; No. 3 Lincoln at No. 2 Robert C. Byrd

March 5: Final, at higher seed

Region 3, Section 1

Feb. 27, at Westside: Summers County 57, Independence 56

March 3, at Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center: No. 3 Liberty-Raleigh vs. No. 2 Wyoming East, 6 p.m.; No. 4 Summers County vs. No. 1 Westside, 8 p.m.

March 5: Final, at Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, 7:30 p.m.

Region 3, Section 2

Feb. 27: James Monroe 48, River View 39

March 3 (at Princeton): No. 5 James Monroe vs. No. 1 Bluefield, 6 p.m.; No. 3 Mount View vs. No. 2 PikeView, 8 p.m.

March 5 (at Princeton): Final, 7 p.m.

Region 4, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Feb. 28: Nicholas County 57, Clay County 49

March 3: No. 3 Herbert Hoover at No. 2 Sissonville; No. 4 Nicholas County at No. 1 Poca

March 6: Final, at higher seed

Region 4, Section 2

At Willie Akers Arena, Logan

Feb. 28: Wayne 61, Tolsia 53

March 2: No. 4 vs. No. 1 Chapmanville, 6:30 p.m.; No. 3 Mingo Central vs. No. 2 Scott, 8 p.m.

March 6: Final, 7:30 p.m.

Class A

Region 1, Section 1

At Moundsville Fieldhouse

Feb. 28: Cameron 72, Madonna 61; Bishop Donahue 83, Hundred 42.

March 4: No. 3 Bishop Donahue vs. No. 2 Magnolia, 6 p.m.; No. 4 Cameron vs. No. 1 Wheeling Central

March 6: Final, 7 p.m.

Region 1, Section 2

Feb. 28: Valley-Wetzel 56, Tyler Consolidated 46; Trinity Christian 77, Clay-Battelle 50

March 4 (at Doddridge County): No. 3 Trinity vs. No. 2 Paden City, 6 p.m.; No. 4 Valley vs. No. 1 St. Marys, 7:30 p.m.

March 6 (at Doddridge County): Final, 7 p.m.

Region 2, Section 1

Feb. 28: Tygarts Valley 52, Union 46; Harman 55, South Harrison 41

March 4 (at Elkins): No. 4 Tygarts Valley vs. No. 1 Notre Dame, 6 p.m.; No. 3 Harman winner vs. No. 2 Tucker County, 7:45 p.m.

March 6 (at Elkins): Final, 7 p.m.

iRegion 2, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Feb. 28: East Hardy 68, Paw Paw 33

March 3: No. 4 East Hardy at No. 1 Moorefield; No. 3 Pendleton County at No. 2 Pocahontas County

March 6 (at Petersburg): Final

Region 3, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Feb. 28: Sherman 79, Van 63; Man 83, Montcalm 31

March 3: No. 4 Sherman at No. 1 Tug Valley; No. 3 Man at No. 2 Greater Beckley Christian

March 6: Final, at higher seed

Region 3, Section 2

at Oak Hill High School

March 2: No. 5 Fayetteville vs. No. 4 Midland Trail, 5:30 p.m.; No. 6 Greenbrier West vs. No. 3 Meadow Bridge, 7:30 p.m.

March 4: No. 1 Valley vs. Trail-Fayetteville winner, 5:30 p.m.; No. 2 Richwood vs. Meadow Bridge-Greenbrier West winner, 7:30 p.m.

March 6: Final, at higher seed, 7:30 p.m.

Region 4, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Feb. 28: Parkersburg Catholic 65, Wirt County 62; Calhoun County 61, Doddridge County 49

March 3: No. 5 Parkersburg Catholic at No. 1 Williamstown; No. 6 Calhoun County at No. 2 Gilmer County

March 6: Final, at higher seed

Region 4, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

March 2: No. 5 Hannan at No. 4 Buffalo

March 4 (at Charleston Catholic Athletic Complex): Hannan-Buffalo winner vs. No. 1 Charleston Catholic, 6 p.m.; No. 3 Wahama vs. No. 2 St. Joseph, 7:30 p.m.

March 6: Final, at neutral site

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Winfield's Humphreys named MOW as three KV wrestlers win state titles http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150301/DM03/150309950 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150301/DM03/150309950 Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:01:00 -0500

FROM STAFF REPORTS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Kanawha Valley wrestlers claimed three individual state championships on Saturday at the state tournament in Huntington, with one of those three taking home an additional honor.

Winfield's Bryce Humphreys (132-pounds), Nitro's Hunter Skeens (220) and George Washington's David Smith (285) each won their respective weight classes Saturday, with Humphreys winning the coveted Most Outstanding Wrestler award for Class AAA.

The Generals' senior, himself a two-time state title winner entering this season, came out of a loaded 132-pound weight class that included a three-time state champion in Huntington's Jordan Allen and the returning champion in the weight class (and his opponent in the championship match) in Ripley's Lucas Simpkins. Humphreys took a 5-4 decision in the title match for his third individual championship.

Smith pinned Musselman's Kyle DeGrave in 28 seconds to win his second championship and cap an undefeated senior campaign. Nitro's Skeens beat Huntington's Ryan Mills to claim the Wildcats' first individual state championship in wrestling since 2008.

Parkersburg South ended Huntington's two-year reign as Class AAA team champions, topping the Highlanders by 72 1/2 points for the program's 19th state championship, second only to cross-town rival Parkersburg's 21 titles. Cabell Midland took third in Class AAA followed by Parkersburg and Ripley in the top five. GW finished sixth.

In Class AA/A, Independence won it's second title in as many seasons. The Patriots had four individual champions on Saturday.

Calhoun County took second in AA/A, followed by Greenbrier West, Oak Glen, Keyser and North Marion. Greenbrier West's Marquis Frazier, a title winner at 182, was named AA/A Most Outstanding Wrestler.

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Prep wrestling state tournament final results http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150228/DM03/150229217 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150228/DM03/150229217 Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:23:13 -0500

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Saturday's final results from the state high school wrestling tournament at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena:

Class AAA

Team Standings

1. Parkersburg South 243.5 points. 2. Huntington 171. 3. Cabell Midland 124. 4. Parkersburg 118. 5. Ripley 113.5. 6. George Washington 97.5. 7. Wheeling Park 94.5. 8. Washington 81.5. 9. Point Pleasant 77. 10. University 74.5. 11. Winfield 56. 12. Riverside 52. 13. St Albans 45. 14. Musselman 42. 15. Lewis County 41. 16. Nitro 39. 17. John Marshall 38. 18. Greenbrier East 31. 19. Woodrow Wilson 28. 20. Buckhannon-Upshur 25. 21. Shady Spring 18.5. 22. Spring Valley 18. 23. Morgantown 17. 24. Capital 15. 25. Preston 12. 26. Hampshire 8. 27. Martinsburg 6. 27. (tie) Brooke 6. 29. Hedgesville 5. 30. Elkins 3. 30. (tie) Princeton 3. 32. Spring Mills 2. 32. (tie) Hurricane 2. 34. Oak Hill 1. 34. (tie) South Charleston 1.

Individual results

Championship

106 Josh Humphreys, Huntington, fall Hunter Burdette, Ripley, 1:26;

113 Jackson Henson, University, dec. Logan Adkins, Cabell Midland, 10-4;

120 Logan Grass, Huntington, fall Austin Spears, Parkersburg, 3:30;

126 Dallas Baciak, Wheeling Park, dec. Sam Moore, George Washington, 5-2;

132 Bryce Humphreys, Winfield, dec. Lucas Simpkins, Ripley, 5-4;

138 Adam Whitmore, Cabell Midland, dec. Chase Childers, Huntington, 7-4;

145 Dylan Taylor, Wheeling Park tech. fall Dylan Richards, Parkersburg, 18-2;

152 Ryan Lopez, University, dec. Nick Johnson, Parkersburg, 3-1;

160 Trapper Hays, Parkersburg, dec. Casey Mowder, John Marshall, 5-0;

170 Jake Martin, Ripley, dec. Hunter Jones, George Washington, 9-4;

182 Justin Allman, Parkersburg South, dec. Kyle Rogers, Lewis County, 2-1;

195 Tyler Koreski, Parkersburg South, dec. Grant Safford, Point Pleasant, 8-7;

220 Hunter Skeens, Nitro, fall Ryan Mills, Huntington, 4:13;

285 David Smith, George Washington, fall Kyle DeGrave, Musselman, 0:28.

Class AA/A

Team Standings

1. Independence 203. 2. Calhoun County 157. 3. Greenbrier West 115.5. 4. Oak Glen 107. 5. Keyser 91.5. 6. North Marion 86. 7. East Fairmont 83. 8. Roane County 81. 9. Wirt County 64.5. 10. Clay County 61. 11. Ritchie County 54.5. 12. Madonna 44.5. 13. Fairmont Senior 38. 13. (tie) Frankfort 38. 15. Herbert Hoover 37. 16. Braxton County 36. 17. Berkeley Springs 32. 17. (tie) Bridgeport 32. 19. Petersburg 29. 20. Magnolia 28.5. 21. Williamstown 26. 22. Richwood 23. 23. Moorefield 22.5. 24. St Marys 21. 25. Sissonville 19. 25. (tie) Philip Barbour 19. 26. (tie) Weir 19. 28. Cameron 17. 29. Nicholas County 13. 30. Buffalo 12.5. 31. Grafton 11. 32. Doddridge County 9. 33. Midland Trail 7. 33. (tie) Pike View 7. 35. Liberty Harrison 6. 36. Bluefield 5. 37. Webster County 4. 37. (tie) Clay-Battelle 4. 39. Lincoln 3. 40. Ravenswood 2. 41. Wahama 1.

Individual results

Championship

106 Cole Laya, East Fairmont, dec. Tanner Harris, Independence, 6-4;

113 Brock Whorton, East Fairmont, dec. Allen Metheney, Calhoun County, 4-3;

120 Cam Moore, Roane County, dec. Corey Secrist, Petersburg, 5-1;

126 Robert Bozek, Oak Glen, dec. Houstin McCune, Calhoun County, 3-2;

132 Will Cox, Independence, fall Phillip Good, Madonna, 3:42;

138 Dustin Yoakum, Greenbrier West, dec. Chris Goad, Calhoun County, 7-3;

145 Jacob Hart, Independence, dec. Dalton Michael, East Fairmont, 6-4 OT;

152 Cole Ritchie, Calhoun County, dec. Alex Shuman, Oak Glen, 6-0;

160 Dustin Justice, Independence, dec. Dillon Shaw, Madonna, 2-1;

170 Cole Boatright, Calhoun County, dec. Josh Mason, Ritchie County, 10-4;

182 Marquis Frazier, Greenbrier West, dec. Cody Rodeheaver, Keyser, 4-2 OT;

195 Alex Daniels, Independence, fall Logan Brown, Richwood, 1:41;

220 Tyler Arnett, North Marion, dec. Trey Williams, Independence, 3-2 OT;

285 Noah Markley, Bridgeport, dec. Matthew Stewart, Keyser, 4-3.

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West Virginia girls basketball regional pairings http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150228/DM03/150229258 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150228/DM03/150229258 Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:49:37 -0500

FROM STAFF REPORTS

West Virginia high school girls basketball regional co-finals schedule, state tournament time schedule and sectional tournament results. Winner of each regional co-final advances to the state tournament March 11-14 at the Charleston Civic Center. All regional games at 7 p.m.

GIRLS REGIONAL CO-FINALS

Class AAA

Tuesday, March 3

Region 1

John Marshall at Parkersburg South

Parkersburg at Morgantown

Region 2

Hampshire at Martinsburg

Jefferson at Buckhannon-Upshur

Region 3

Princeton at South Charleston

Capital at Greenbrier East

Region 4

Huntington at St. Albans

Hurricane at Spring Valley

Class AA

Wednesday, March 4

Region 1

Ritchie County at Fairmont Senior

North Marion at Ravenswood

Region 2

Bridgeport at Keyser

Frankfort at Lincoln

Region 3

PikeView at Wyoming East

Summers County at Bluefield

Region 4

Scott at Clay County

Sissonville at Mingo Central

Class A

Thursday, March 5

Region 1

Trinity at Wheeling Central

Magnolia at St. Marys

Region 2

Pendleton County at Tucker County

Notre Dame at Pocahontas County

Region 3

Midland Trail at Tug Valley

Sherman at Fayetteville

Region 4

Charleston Catholic at Williamstown

Gilmer County at St. Joseph

GIRLS STATE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 11

Session 1

GAME 1 - Class A: No 3 vs. No. 6, 9:30 a.m.

GAME 2 - Class AAA: No. 2 vs. No. 7, 11:15 a.m.

GAME 3 - Class A: No. 2 vs. No. 7, 1 p.m.

Session 2

GAME 4 - Class A: No. 1 vs. No. 8, 5:30 p.m.

GAME 5 - Class AAA: No. 1 vs. No. 8, 7:15 p.m.

GAME 6 - Class A: No. 4 vs. No. 5, 9 p.m.

Thursday, March 12

Session 3

GAME 7 - Class AA: No. 3 vs. No. 6, 9:30 a.m.

GAME 8 - Class AAA: No. 4 vs. No. 5, 11:15 a.m.

GAME 9 - Class AA: No. 2 vs. No. 7, 1 p.m.

Session 4

GAME 10 - Class AA: No. 1 vs. No. 8, 5:30 p.m.

GAME 11 - Class AAA: No. 3 vs. No. 6, 7:15 p.m.

GAME 12 - Class AA: No. 4 vs. No. 5, 9 p.m.

Friday, March 13

Session 5

Class A: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 3, 9:30 a.m.

Class AA: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9, 11:15 a.m.

Class A: Winner GAme 4 vs. Winner GAme 6, 1 p.m.

Session 6

Class AAA: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 8, 5:30 p.m.

Class AA: Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 12, 7:15 p.m.

Class AAA: Winner Game 2. vs. Winner Game 11, 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 14

Class A: Championship, noon

Class AA: Championship, 2:30 p.m.

Class AAA: Championship, 7:15 p.m.

GIRLS SECTIONAL RESULTS

Class AAA

Region 1, Section 1

Feb. 25: Parkersburg South 81, Brooke 27; Parkersburg 51, Wheeling Park 31

Feb. 27: No. 1 Parkersburg South 59, No. 2 Parkersburg 46

Region 1, Section 2

Feb. 24: Morgantown 76, University 25; John Marshall 55, Preston 53

Feb. 26: No. 1 Morgantown 79, No. 2 John Marshall 33

Region 2, Section 1

Feb. 23: Spring Mills 81, Hedgesville 42; Musselman 57, Washington 47

Feb. 25: Martinsburg 70, Musselman 52; Jefferson 58, Spring Mills 51

Feb. 27: No. 1 Martinsburg 43, No. 2 Jefferson 41

Region 2, Section 2

Feb. 25: Buckhannon-Upshur 52, Elkins 29; Hampshire 56, Lewis County 54

Feb. 27: No. 1 Buckhannon-Upshur 39, No. 2 Hampshire 38

Region 3, Section 1

Feb. 23: Ripley 79, Riverside 24

Feb. 25: South Charleston 87, Ripley 37; Capital 56, George Washington 50

Feb. 27: No. 1 South Charleston 52, No. 3 Capital 33

Region 3, Section 2

Feb. 24: Oak Hill 56, Shady Spring 27

Feb. 25: Greenbrier East 81, Oak Hill 32; Princeton 62, Woodrow Wilson 53

Feb. 27: No. 1 Greenbrier East 59, No. 2 Princeton 39

Region 4, Section 1

Feb. 23: Winfield 58, Point Pleasant 25

Feb. 25: St. Albans 72, Winfield 31; Hurricane 57, Nitro 50

Feb. 27: No. 1 St. Albans 49, No. 2 Hurricane 43

Region 4, Section 2

Feb. 23: Cabell Midland 54, Lincoln County 49

Feb. 25: Huntington 63, Cabell Midland 33; Spring Valley 83, Logan 67

Feb. 27: No. 2 Spring Valley 75, No. 1 Huntington 51

Class AA

Region 1, Section 1

Feb 23: East Fairmont 55, Weir 30

Feb. 25: Fairmont Senior 77, East Fairmont 32; North Marion 99, Oak Glen 66

Feb. 27: No. 1 Fairmont Senior 78, No. 2 North Marion 52

Region 1, Section 2

Feb. 23: Braxton County 51, Webster County 45

Feb. 25: Ravenswood 65, Braxton County 42; Ritchie County 41, Roane County 38

Feb. 27: No. 1 Ravenswood 63, No. 2 Ritchie County 52

Region 2, Section 1

Feb. 24: Keyser 75, Berkeley Springs 29; Frankfort 59, Petersburg 38

Feb. 27: No. 1 Keyser 56, No. 2 Framkfort 42

Region 2, Section 2

Feb. 23: Grafton 50, Philip Barbour 42; Robert C. Byrd 35, Liberty (Harrison) 20

Feb. 25: Bridgeport 41, Robert C. Byrd 24; Lincoln 57, Grafton 54, OT

Feb. 27: No. 1 Lincoln 50, No. 2 Bridgeport 31

Region 3, Section 1

Feb. 25: Liberty (Raleigh) 50, Independence 29, ppd. from Monday

Feb. 26: Summers County 94, Westside 56; Wyoming East 106, Liberty (Raleigh) 43

Feb. 28: No. 1 Wyoming East 83, No. 2 Summers County 67

Region 3, Section 2

Feb. 23: River View 51, Mount View 43

Feb. 24: Bluefield 64, James Monroe 59; PikeView 77, River View 31

Feb. 26: Bluefield 46, PikeView 43

Region 4, Section 1

Feb. 23: Nicholas County 35, Poca 28

Feb. 25: Clay County 58, Nicholas County 28; Sissonville 56, Herbert Hoover 41

Feb. 27: No. 1 Clay County 52, No. 2 Sissonville 48

Region 4, Section 2

Feb 23: Scott 43, Wayne 41

Feb. 25: Scott 43, Chapmanville 30; Mingo Central 56, Tolsia 51

Feb. 27: No. 2 Mingo Central 61, No. 4 Scott 46

Class A

Region 1, Section 1

Feb. 23: Cameron 53, Bishop Donahue 51; Madonna 70, Hundred 17

Feb. 25: Magnolia 47, Madonna 44; Wheeling Central 53, Cameron 31

Feb. 27: No. 1 Wheeling Central 57, No. 2 Magnolia 40

Region 1, Section 2

Feb. 23: Trinity 74, Paden City 24; Valley (Wetzel) 58, Tyler Consollidated 50

Feb. 25: Trinity 60, Clay-Battelle 47; St. Marys 64, Valley 50

Feb. 27: No. 1 St. Marys 79, No. 2 Trinity 74, OT

Region 2, Section 1

Feb. 23: Tygarts Valley 60, Harman 33

Feb. 25: Tucker County 89, Tygarts Valley 13; Notre Dame 47, Union 27

Feb. 27: No. 1 Tucker County 54, No. 2 Notre Dame 28

Region 2, Section 2

Feb. 23: Moorefield 59, Paw Paw 48

Feb. 25: Pendleton County 64, East Hardy 58; Pocahontas County 74, Moorefield 21

Feb. 27: No. 1 Pocahontas County 74, No. 2 Pendleton County 40

Region 3, Section 1

Feb. 24: Greater Beckley Christian 71, Van 32; Man 37, Montcalm 34

Feb. 25: Sherman 50, Greater Beckley Christian 43

Feb. 26: No. 1 Tug Valley 56, No. 2 Sherman 46

Region 3, Section 2

Feb. 23: Richwood 60, Greenbrier West 38; Meadow Bridge 43, Valley (Fayette) 32

Feb. 24: Fayetteville 59, Richwood 49; Midland Trail 59, Meadow Bridge 54, OT

Feb. 27: No. 1 Fayetteville 65, No. 2 Midland Trail 47

Region 4, Section 1

Feb. 21: Parkersburg Catholic 56, Doddridge County 42; Wirt County 60, Calhoun County 22

Feb. 24: Gilmer County 60, Parkersburg Catholic 49; Williamstown 57, Wirt County 54

Feb. 27: No. 1 Williamstown 67, No. 2 Gilmer County 54

Region 4, Section 2

Feb. 23: Buffalo 56, Wahama 30

Feb. 25: St. Joseph 85, Buffalo 31; Charleston Catholic 68, Hannan 25

Feb. 27: No. 1 St. Joseph 62, No. 2 Charleston Catholic 28

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Barker battles through injury to lead Clay to sectional crown http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150227/DM03/150229263 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150227/DM03/150229263 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:12:05 -0500 By Derek Taylor CLAY, W.Va. - As it turned out, McKinzee Barker had just enough air left to give Clay County one last home game in 2015.

Barker, a 5-foot-8 senior guard/forward, played much of Friday night's Class AA Region 4, Section 1 championship game with what initially looked like a broken nose, but managed to help her team hold on to get a 52-48 win over Sissonville.

"For stretches I couldn't even breathe, so I had to come out," said Barker, who finished with game highs with 27 points and 14 rebounds while adding two assists, two steals and a blocked shot to her stat line.

The injury took place with 5:26 remaining in the first quarter. Barker said the Panthers coaching and training staff had to get creative to keep her in the lineup.

"It's busted right down the middle," Barker said. "It was so bad that they finally just had to put glue on it to get it to stop bleeding."

The quick fix paid quick dividends. Barker quickly came back to the lineup in the first quarter, in which the Panthers (19-3) took advantage of early Sissonville offensive woes to take comand of the game early.

The Indians (20-3) turned the ball over on three of their first four possessions, and the junior guard combo of Madison Jones and Karli Pinkerton combined to go 1-of-11 from the floor in th first, but it wasn't until early in the second that Clay took command of the contest, albeit temporarily.

Clay led 22-9 when Sarah Boggs sank her only field goal near the midway point of the quarter, and the Panthers led 26-19 at halftime.

Sissonville coach Rich Skeen said the first quarter was ultimately did in his team, which will travel to Mingo Central next Wednesday with a chance to cinch a berth in the Class AA state tournament. Clay will play host to Scott the same night in the other Region 4 co-final.

"They're big. They're big girls, and that gives us a lot of problems in the half-court game," Skeen said of the Panthers. "But you can't start a game out like that. We've lost three games this year, and in all three of them we have played like ... we haven't played well in the first quarter."

Compounding Sissonville's problems was that Jones, the team's leading scorer on the season, picked up her third foul in the second quarter, and with Pinkerton having difficulty finding her range, Clay's bigs kept the Indians from getting anything going on offense until the second half.

When Sissonville clicked, it did so in a hurry.

Jones hit the first of three second-half 3-pointers with less than two minutes gone in the second half, bringing the Indians to within 28-24 of the lead. Jones hit two more from long range in the quarter, and Pinkerton - who led the Indians with 22 points - chucked one in from behind the arc in the third as well and Clay led by just two entering the fourth.

Triggering Sissonville's comeback was Clay's tendency to get caught trying to match the fast pace set by the Indians' guards.

"We've been rushing ourselves on offense anyway, so we were trying to slow ourselves down," Clay coach Mary Ramsey said. "The girls responded well, and that's a good team."

Barker agreed with her coach, adding that seven second-half turnovers were largely because the Panthers were going too fast.

"That's we've always had to tell ourselves these last two games," Barker said. "We need to slow down. When they score we want to hurry up and get back down there and score again, When we do that, we don't play our own game."

Clay led 45-43 with 2:20 left in the game when a double technical foul was called on Sissonville's Alexee Haynes and Clay's Isabelle Haverty when the two exchanged words and bumps after a fight for a rebound. From that point onward, Barker resumed control of the contest, sinking six consecutive free throws in the final two minutes to seal the win.

Barker was the only double-digit scorer for Clay. However, the Panthers got point production from seven of the eight players they used. Sissonville, on the other hand, got 13 points from Jones for a total of 35 points from she and Pinkerton.

Contact Preps Editor Derek Taylor at derek.taylor@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-5170. Follow him on Twitter at @ItsreallyDT.

Class AA Region 4, Section 1

Championship

CLAY COUNTY 52, SISSONVILLE 48

Sissonville (20-3)

Brooke Reed 1-6 0-0 2, Karli Pinkerton 8-23 3-4 22, Madison Jones 4-15 2-4 13, Mikayla Long 3-12 2-2 9, Ellie McClung 1-2 0-0 2, Alexee Haynes 0-0 0-0 0, Reagan Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 17-58 7-10 48.

Clay County (19-3)

Payton Lucas 1-4 1-2 3, Summer Alley 3-5 0-2 6, Bethany Young 0-4 0-0 0, McKinzee Barker 7-17 10-11 27, Katelyn Horrocks 1-9 0-0 3, Sarah Boggs 1-3 3-4 5, Emily Wynn 2-3 0-0 4, Isabelle Haverty 2-12 0-0 4, Totals 17-57 14-19 52.

Sissonville 6 13 15 14 - 48

Clay County 15 11 10 16 - 52

3-point shooting: Sissonville 7-19 (Pinkerton 3-6, Jones 3-7, Long 1-6), Clay 4-11 (Barker 3-4, Horrocks 1-6, Lucas 0-1); Rebounds: Sissonville 35 (Reed 11, Jones 9), Clay 43 (Barker 14); Assists Sissonville 8 (Jones 4), Clay 4 (Barker 2); Steals: Sissonville 5 (Reed 2, Pinkerton 2), Clay 6 (Lucas 4); Blocks: Sissonville 4 (Reed 3), Clay 3 (Haverty 2); Total fouls: Sissonville 17, Clay 9; Fouled out: Haynes; Technical foul: Haynes, Haverty; Turnovers: Sissonville 15, Clay 17.

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SC's Crozier said wrestling gives 'you fight' http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150226/DM03/150229342 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150226/DM03/150229342 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:02:29 -0500 By Derek Taylor HUNTINGTON - South Charleston junior Fred Crozier has firmly established himself as one of the best wide receivers in West Virginia, but acknowledges he's still got a way to go before he equals that status on the wrestling mat.

Crozier, who entered the Class AAA wrestling tournament at Big Sandy Superstore Arena as the Region 3 champion, fell in his first match of the tournament Thursday night, dropping an 8-4 decision to Spring Valley senior Nick Whitmore in the 160-pound weight class.

"He was pretty strong and pretty good technically," Crozier said of Whitmore. "I need to improve that technical stuff and work on my breathing."

Crozier will face Musselman sophomore Nate Arndt (17-29) in the consolation bracket Friday. Arndt was pinned by John Marshall senior Casey Mowder (42-3) in just 33 seconds in the first round.

Crozier (15-2) got out to a quick 2-0 lead in the match but Whitmore (39-12), the fourth-place finisher in the Region 4 tournament, gradually wore him out. The only SC representative at the state meet said that he was having trouble getting his breath by the time the third period began.

Crozier was an All-State selection at receiver for the Black Eagles in 2014, when they reached the Class AAA state championship game before falling to Capital. While he said that football remains his primary focus, Crozier stressed that wrestling has become more important to him for its training benefits.

"It helps keep you in good shape but it helps with my feet," he said. "It helps you with your footwork, and to keep strong legs so it gives you a better base."

There is also a non-quantifiable effect wrestling has in his work to be a better football player.

"It gives you a fight. It makes you have more fight to go in there," he said.

Crozier began wrestling when he was in third grade, he said. When he reached middle school, however, he switched winter activities to play basketball, only to come back to the mats during his freshman year. He was 15-1 entering the state tournament, and missed numerous matches when he dislocated his left thumb earlier in the season. He said that the injury actually locked him into the 160-pound class, which is one of the tournament's most competitive divisions and includes 2014 state Wrestler of the Year Trapper Hays of Parkersburg. Hays is 37-5 after winning his first-round match against Elkins' Anthony Hayden.

"I was going to drop down to 152 pounds but you have to have a match allowance to do that, and I didn't have enough matches in," Crozier said. "So, here I am."

A wrestler has to have competed in at least half his matches at a weight class in order to compete in that class during the postseason tournaments. Crozier said he was planning to move to 152 the week after he injured his thumb.

Crozier showed he has more fight left in him when asked if he was gassed late in his loss to Whitmore.

"Oh, I wouldn't say I was gassed," he said. "I was losing breath, but not gassed."

Fair enough. There are two more days in which Crozier can get his breath. The tournament wraps up Saturday.

Contact Preps Editor Derek Taylor at derek.taylor@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-5170. Follow him on Twitter at @ItsreallyDT.

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Riverside wrestling coach uses own experience as teaching tool http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150226/DM03/150229343 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150226/DM03/150229343 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:02:11 -0500 By Tom Bragg HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Riverside wrestling coach Titus Phalen knows all about heartbreak at the prep wrestling state tournament.

Phalen wrestled in the old 275-pound weight class as a senior in 2003 at Ripley, posting 41-5 record for the Vikings. The last match of his prep career was for a state championship against Parkersburg's Ryan Dearman, and it did not end well for Phalen. He lost a close match to the then-Parkersburg junior turned current University High assistant coach.

It was a result that has stuck with him and a lesson he hopes he can pass on to the wrestlers he now coaches.

"I got beat my senior year in the finals and the kids know that," Phalen said. "I got beat with 11 seconds to go against a University coach. They know the feeling."

The Warriors put six wrestlers into the state tournament and Phalen said he thinks all six can make it on the podium as a place-winner.

"I feel really confident," Phalen said. "The guys busted their butts in the offseason and we're here to make history.

"Six guys can place this weekend if they wrestle to their ability."

Making the switch from being a wrestler to coaching wrestlers is something Phalen said he cherishes because he has the opportunity to pass along his knowledge and give something back to a sport he said he loves.

"It's exciting because this sport has given me so much so it's great to give back and see these kids reach their goals," he said. "Just to be a part of it is an awesome feeling."

Four of Riverside's six qualifiers picked up first-round wins and avoided the consolation bracket - Steven Slack (106), Hunter Green (145), Brice Pomeroy (195) and Darrell Holsten (220).

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THE THREE headliners in the Class AAA 132-pound weight class each cruised in their first-round matches on Thursday, but something will have to give Friday and Saturday with seven individual state titles between Huntington's Jordan Allen, Winfield's Bryce Humphreys and Ripley's Lucas Simpkins.

Simpkins beat Parkersburg sophomore Noah Farnsworth, Humphreys topped Martinsburg junior Nick Hampton and Allen won against Musselman junior Steve Deadwyler.

The trio is certainly familiar with each other but each played down any thoughts of looking ahead or peeking to see what was happening with the others in the bracket. Allen and Simpkins have been friends since childhood, which makes for a potential awkward encounter between the two this weekend in Huntington.

"I try not to really watch my other opponents," Simpkins said. "(Wresting against Allen) is fun and it sucks. He's such a good wrestler. It's always fun to wrestle someone as good as him. It does suck though because I've known him my whole life."

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TWENTY WRESTLERS from Kanawha Valley schools won their first round matches.

Of that group, 17 of the winners came from Class AAA. Five of those - Phillip Sharp (113), David Pancake (132), Hunter Jones (170), Tanner Williams (182) and David Smith (285) - were from George Washington. In addition to Humphreys, Winfield had two winners - Noah Julian (220) and JoJo Masi (285). St. Albans' Micah Crewdson (126), Trey Harmon (138) and Michael Milam (152) won Thursday while Nitro's Terrel Jackson (160) and Hunter Skeens (285) also scored wins to go with the four winners from Riverside.

In Class AA/A, two Sissonville wrestlers, Austin Cook (170) and Clay Whitney (285), won while Chase Stover (113) was the lone winner from Herbert Hoover.

Check dailymailwv.com throughout the weekend for more coverage from the state wrestling tournament.

Contact sportswriter Tom Bragg at tom.bragg@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4871. Follow him on Twitter @TomBraggSports.

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Girls high school basketball sectional schedules, results http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150226/DM03/150229413 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150226/DM03/150229413 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:05:06 -0500 Class AAA

Region 1, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Wednesday: Parkersburg South 81, Brooke 27; Parkersburg 51, Wheeling Park 31

Friday: No. 2 Parkersburg at No. 1 Parkersburg South

iRegion 1, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Tuesday: Morgantown 76, University 25; John Marshall 55, Preston 53

Thursday: No. 1 Morgantown 79, No. 2 John Marshall 33

Region 2, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Monday: Spring Mills 81, Hedgesville 42; Musselman 57, Washington 47

Wednesday: Martinsburg 70, Musselman 52; Jefferson 58, Spring Mills 51

Friday: No. 2 Jefferson at No. 1 Martinsburg,

Region 2, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Wednesday: Buckhannon-Upshur 52, Elkins 29; Hampshire 56, Lewis County 54

Friday: No. 2 Hampshire at No. 1 Buckhannon-Upshur

Region 3, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Monday: Ripley 79,

Riverside 24

Wednesday: South Charleston 87, Ripley 37; Capital 56, George Washington 50

Friday: No. 3 Capital at No. 1 South Charleston

Region 3, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Tuesday: Oak Hill 56, Shady Spring 27

Wednesday: Greenbrier East 81, Oak Hill 32; Princeton 62, Woodrow Wilson 53

Friday: No. 2 Princeton at No. 1 Greenbrier East

Region 4, Section 1

Monday: Winfield 58, Point Pleasant 25

Wednesday: St. Albans 72, Winfield 31; Hurricane 57, Nitro 50

Friday: No. 2 Hurricane at No. 1 St. Albans

Region 4, Section 2

At Logan High School

Monday: Cabell Midland 54, Lincoln County 49

Wednesday: Huntington 63, Cabell Midland 33; Spring Valley 83, Logan 67

Friday: No. 2 Spring Valley at No. 1 Huntington, 7:30 p.m.

Class AA

Region 1, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Monday: East Fairmont 55, Weir 30

Wednesday: Fairmont Senior 77, East Fairmont 32; North Marion 99, Oak Glen 66

Friday: No. 2 North Marion at No. 1 Fairmont Senior

Region 1, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Monday: Braxton County 51, Webster County 45

Wednesday: Ravenswood 65, Braxton County 42; Ritchie County 41, Roane County 38

Friday: No. 2 Roane County at No. 1 Ravenswood

Region 2, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Tuesday: Keyser 75, Berkeley Springs 29; Frankfort 59, Petersburg 38

Friday: No. 2 Frankfort at No. 1 Keyser

iRegion 2, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Monday: Grafton 50, Philip Barbour 42; Robert C. Byrd 35, Liberty (Harrison) 20

Wednesday: Bridgeport 41, Robert C. Byrd 24; Lincoln 57, Grafton 54, OT

Friday: No. 2 Bridgeport at No. 1 Lincoln

Region 3, Section 1

At Summers County HS

Wednesday: Liberty (Raleigh) 50, Independence 29, ppd. from Monday

Thursday: Summers County 94, Westside 56; Wyoming East 106, Liberty (Raleigh) 43

Saturday: No. 2 Summers County at No. 1 Wyoming East, 7 p.m.

Region 3, Section 2

Monday: River View 51, Mount View 43

At Princeton High School

Tuesday: Bluefield 64, James Monroe 59; PikeView 77, River View 31

Thursday: Bluefield 46, PikeView 43

Region 4, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Monday: Nicholas County 35, Poca 28

Wednesday: Clay County 58, Nicholas County 28; Sissonville 56, Herbert Hoover 41

Friday: No. 2 Sissonville at No. 1 Clay County

Region 4, Section 2

At Williamson Fieldhouse

Monday: Scott 43, Wayne 41

Wednesday: Scott 43, Chapmanville 30; Mingo Central 56, Tolsia 51

Friday: No. 4 Scott vs. No. 2 Mingo Central, 7 p.m.

Class A

Region 1, Section 1

At Brooke High School

Monday: Cameron 53, Bishop Donahue 51; Madonna 70, Hundred 17

Wednesday: Magnolia 47, Madonna 44; Wheeling Central 53, Cameron 31

Friday: No. 2 Magnolia vs. Wheeling Central, 7 p.m.

Region 1, Section 2

Monday: Trinity 74, Paden City 24; Valley (Wetzel) 58, Tyler Consollidated 50

Wednesday: Trinity 60, Clay-Battelle 47; St. Marys 64, Valley 50

Friday: Valley at Trinity, 7 p.m.

Region 2, Section 1

Monday: Tygarts Valley 60, Harman 33

Wednesday: Tucker County 89, Tygarts Valley 13; Notre Dame 47, Union 27

Friday: No. 2 Notre Dame at No. 1 Tucker County

Region 2, Section 2

Monday: Moorefield 59, Paw Paw 48

Tuesday: Pendleton County 64, East Hardy 58; Pocahontas County 74, Moorefield 21

Friday: No. 2 Pendleton County at No. 1 Pocahontas County, 7 p.m.

Region 3, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Tuesday: Greater Beckley Christian 71, Van 32; Man 37, Montcalm 34

Wednesday: Sherman 50, Greater Beckley Christian 43

Thursday: No. 1 Tug Valley 56, No. 2 Sherman 46

Region 3, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

At Oak Hill High School

Monday: Richwood 60, Greenbrier West 38; Meadow Bridge 43, Valley (Fayette) 32

Wednesday: Fayetteville 59, Richwood 49; Midland Trail 59, Meadow Bridge 54, OT

Friday: No. 2 Midland Trail at No. 1 Fayetteville, 7 p.m.

Region 4, Section 1

Saturday: Parkersburg Catholic 56, Doddridge County 42; Wirt County 60, Calhoun County 22

Tuesday: Gilmer County 60, Parkersburg Catholic 49; Williamstown 57, Wirt County 54

Friday: No. 2 Gilmer County vs. No. 1 Williamstown, 7 p.m.

Region 4, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Monday: Buffalo 56, Wahama 30

Wednesday: St. Joseph 85, Buffalo 31; Charleston Catholic 68, Hannan 25

Friday: No. 2 Charleston Catholic at No. 1 St. Joseph

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Statewide girls sectional basketball schedule, scores http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150225/DM03/150229458 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150225/DM03/150229458 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:29:11 -0500

Class AAA

Region 1, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Wednesday: Parkersburg South 81, Brooke 27; Parkersburg 51, Wheeling Park 31

Friday: No. 2 Parkersburg at No. 1 Parkersburg South

Region 1, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Tuesday: Morgantown 76, University 25; John Marshall 55, Preston 53

Thursday: No. 2 John Marshall at No. 1 Morgantown

Region 2, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Monday: Spring Mills 81, Hedgesville 42; Musselman 57, Washington 47

Wednesday: Martinsburg 70, Musselman 52; No. 3 Spring Mills at No. 2 Jefferson, late;

Friday: Spring Mills-Jefferson winner at No. 1 Martinsburg,

Region 2, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Wednesday: No. 4 Elkins at No. 1 Buckhannon-Upshur, late; No. 3 Lewis County at No. 2 Hampshire, late

Friday: Semifinal winners at higher seed

Region 3, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Monday: Ripley 79, Riverside 24

Wednesday: South Charleston 87, Ripley 37; Capital 56, George Washington 50

Friday: No. 3 Capital at No. 1 South Charleston

Region 3, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Tuesday: Oak Hill 56, Shady Spring 27

Wednesday: Greenbrier East 81, Oak Hill 32; Princeton 62, Woodrow Wilson 53

Friday: No. 2 Princeton at No. 1 Greenbrier East

Region 4, Section 1

Monday: Winfield 58, Point Pleasant 25

Wednesday: St. Albans 72, Winfield 31; Hurricane 57, Nitro 50

Friday: No. 2 Hurricane at No. 1 St. Albans

Region 4, Section 2

At Logan High School

Monday: Cabell Midland 54, Lincoln County 49

Wednesday: Huntington 63, Cabell Midland 33; Spring Valley 83, Logan 67

Friday: No. 2 Spring Valley at No. 1 Huntington, 7:30 p.m.

Class AA

Region 1, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Monday: East Fairmont 55, Weir 30

Wednesday: Fairmont Senior 77, East Fairmont 32; North Marion 99, Oak Glen 66

Friday: No. 2 North Marion at No. 1 Fairmont Senior

Region 1, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Monday: Braxton County 51, Webster County 45

Wednesday: Ravenswood 65, Braxton County 42; No. 3 Ritchie County at No. 2 Roane County, late

Friday: Ritchie County-Roane County winner at No. 1 Ravenswood

Region 2, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Tuesday: Keyser 75, Berkeley Springs 29; Frankfort 59, Petersburg 38

Friday: No. 2 Frankfort at No. 1 Keyser

Region 2, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Monday: Grafton 50, Philip Barbour 42; Robert C. Byrd 35, Liberty (Harrison) 20

Wednesday: Bridgeport 41, Robert C. Byrd 24; Lincoln 57, Grafton 54, OT

Friday: No. 2 Bridgeport at No. 1 Lincoln

Region 3, Section 1

At Summers County HS

Wednesday: Liberty (Raleigh) 50, Independence 29, ppd. from Monday

Thursday: No. 3 Westside vs. No. 2 Summers County, ppd. from Tuesday, 6 p.m.; No. 4 Liberty (Raleigh) vs. No. 1 Wyoming East, 8 p.m.

Saturday: Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

Region 3, Section 2

Monday: River View 51, Mount View 43

At Princeton High School

Tuesday: Bluefield 64, James Monroe 59; PikeView 77, River View 31

Thursday: Bluefield vs. PikeView, 7 p.m.

Region 4, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Monday: Nicholas County 35, Poca 28

Wednesday: Clay County 58, Nicholas County 28; Sissonville 56, Herbert Hoover 41

Friday: No. 2 Sissonville at No. 1 Clay County

Region 4, Section 2

At Williamson Fieldhouse

Monday: Scott 43, Wayne 41

Wednesday: Scott 43, Chapmanville 30; No. 3 Tolsia vs. No. 2 Mingo Central, late.

Friday: No. 4 Scott vs. Tolsia-Mingo Central winner, 7 p.m.

Class A

Region 1, Section 1

At Brooke High School

Monday: Cameron 53, Bishop Donahue 51; Madonna 70, Hundred 17

Wednesday: Magnolia 47, Madonna 44; Wheeling Central 53, Cameron 31

Friday: No. 2 Magnolia vs. Wheeling Central, 7 p.m.

Region 1, Section 2

Monday: Trinity 74, Paden City 24; Valley (Wetzel) 58, Tyler Consollidated 50

Wednesday: Trinity at Clay-Battelle, late; Valley (Wetzel) at St. Marys, late

Friday: Semifinal winners at higher seed

Region 2, Section 1

Monday: Tygarts Valley 60, Harman 33

Wednesday: Tucker County 89, Tygarts Valley 13; No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 4 Union, late

Friday: Notre Dame-Union winner at No. 1 Tucker County winners at higher seed

Region 2, Section 2

Monday: Moorefield 59, Paw Paw 48

Tuesday: Pendleton County 64, East Hardy 58; Pocahontas County 74, Moorefield 21

Friday: No. 2 Pendleton County at No. 1 Pocahontas County, 7 p.m.

Region 3, Section 1

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Tuesday: Greater Beckley Christian 71, Van 32; Man 37, Montcalm 34

Wednesday: Sherman 50, Greater Beckley Christian 43

No. 3 Greater Beckley Christian at No. 2 Sherman, late; Tug Valley 46, Man 28

Thursday: No. 2 Sherman at No. 1 Tug Valley

Region 3, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

At Oak Hill High School

Monday: Richwood 60, Greenbrier West 38; Meadow Bridge 43, Valley (Fayette) 32

Wednesday: Fayetteville 59, Richwood 49; No. 6 Meadow Bridge vs. No. 2 Midland Trail, late

Friday: Meadow Bridge-Midland Trail winner at No. 1 Fayetteville, 7 p.m.

Region 4, Section 1

Saturday: Parkersburg Catholic 56, Doddridge County 42; Wirt County 60, Calhoun County 22

Tuesday: Gilmer County 60, Parkersburg Catholic 49; Williamstown 57, Wirt County 54

Friday: No. 2 Gilmer County vs. No. 1 Williamstown, 7 p.m.

Region 4, Section 2

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Monday: Buffalo 56, Wahama 30

Wednesday: St. Joseph 85, Buffalo 31; Charleston Catholic 68, Hannan 25

Friday: No. 2 Charleston Catholic at No. 1 St. Joseph

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Capital girls upset George Washington in sectionals http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150225/DM03/150229459 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150225/DM03/150229459 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:27:25 -0500 By Derek Taylor CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Often, young programs working to find their feet have trouble putting away big wins.

Near misses and frustrations tend to pile up in these instances, but Capital sophomore Alex Gray made sure the Cougars put the final nail in George Washington's coffin in the final minute, lifting the Cougars to a 56-50 win over their Patriots at George Washington High School in the Class AAA Region 3, Section 1 semifinals Wednesday night.

After leading by as many as 16 early in the third quarter, the Cougars (8-13) watched as GW chipped away at the lead after a first-half performance that left Patriots coach Jamie LaMaster wholly unimpressed.

"Are they better than us, no. Do they want it more than we do? It sure looks like it," LaMaster said. "They just outplayed us."

Instead of going away, though, GW (12-8) relied on a series of 3-pointers by Maria Romeo, and staged a comeback that actually saw the Patriots take their first lead of the game with 1:05 left when Hailey Stewart hit a pair of free throws to make give them a 48-47 advantage.

"We did," Capital coach Ahmed Witten said when asked if the Cougars had trouble closing the win out due to their youth and inexperience.

"The third quarter has been our worst quarter all year, by far," Witten said "We had to hold on to it. Our girls didn't want the year to end tonight."

With the score tied at 48-48, LaMaster called for a timeout with 57 seconds left. Out of the timeout, GW's Dee McMilan brought the ball up the court only to have it snatched from her possession by Gray, who went coast to coast for the final two of her game-high 21 points.

GW tried to recover, but another steal - this time by India Hairston-James - led to a bucket by Dashia Foster and a four-point lead with 18 seconds left. GW sophomore Shi Banks was able to sink a pair of free throws just four seconds later to cut the lead back to two, but Breanna Pauly made a free throw and then chucked in a half-court heave at the final buzzer for a 3-pointer that provided the final margin of victory.

"We're trying to catch some deja vu," Witten said. "Two years ago with Coach (B.J.) Calabrese, they got hot at the right time, beat Greenbrier East and made it to the state tournament. This is a big win for our program, a big win. We're trying to do the same thing they did then."

Capital will get at least two more games as a result of the upset. They will play at top-seeded South Charleston in the sectional final at 7 p.m. Friday. The winner of that game will play host to one regional co-final next Tuesday, with the loser going on the road to face the Section 2 champion in regional play.

Banks, who averaged close to 20 points per game in the regular season, battled foul trouble somewhat in both halves, but finished with a team-high 14 points to go with a game-high nine blocked shots. Romeo finished with 13 points for the Patriots. The Cougars assumed control of the game when Banks went to the bench in the second quarter after picking up her second personal foul. The Cougars outscored GW 14-2 before the halftime buzzer to take a 32-23 lead into the half.

Contact Preps Editor Derek Taylor at derek.taylor@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-5170. Follow him on Twitter at @ItsreallyDT.

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St. Albans girls open sectional play with win against Winfield http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150225/DM03/150229460 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150225/DM03/150229460 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:22:02 -0500

By NICK BROCKMAN

For The Daily Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - St. Albans rolled to the sectional championship as the Red Dragons girls basketball team decisively defeated fourth-seeded Winfield on Wednesday evening.

Top-seeded St. Albans led wire-to-wire in a dominating defensive display for a 72-31 Class AAA Region 4 Section 1 semifinal win. With the victory, the Red Dragons advance to play host to No. 2 seed Hurricane at 7 p.m. Friday.

"We take a lot of pride in our defense," SA coach Scott James said. "We average giving up around 40 points per game, and they did a tremendous job after that first quarter."

St. Albans (18-5) made the most of its opportunities offensively, but shined on the defensive end too. In total, the Red Dragons forced the Generals to commit 33 turnovers.

"It just felt good, because we knew that we wanted to win," Red Dragons post player Haleigh Legg said. "We just shut them down. That's what we had to do."

Legg led all scorers with a game-high 19 points off the bench. Senior Breanna Propst, a 5-foot-10 forward, finished with a double-double, contributing 14 points and 13 rebounds, to go with five steals. Sophomore guard Alli Johnson totaled 12 points, as did senior guard Lexie Cooper.

The Generals (5-17) played shorthanded with just six players dressing. Winfield senior standout Haylea Roberson, a 1,000-point career scorer, did not play. Roberson tore a muscle in her stomach last week and was sidelined for the remainder of the season.

"My hat's off to Winfield, their numbers are way down," James said. "Their girls went out there and fought. They did a heck of a job considering their situation."

Without Roberson, Winfield senior Cheyenne Sawyer and sophomore center Rachel Kraschnewski carried the offensive load, with each player scoring 10 points.

As a result of Winfield's low numbers, the team played through foul trouble. Four players committed two fouls in the first half, with Kraschnewski committing three fouls before halftime. Kim Moore fouled out with 1:48 to play in the third quarter, as the Generals finished from that point with just five players.

In the second quarter, Winfield tallied just four points coming on two Kraschnewski field goals. The Red Dragons defense swarmed the Generals, forcing 21 first-half turnovers. At halftime, SA led 34-14. Propst led all scorers at the half with 12 points.

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Long leads Sissonville girls past Hoover in sectionals http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150225/DM03/150229461 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150225/DM03/150229461 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:21:31 -0500 By Chris Wade CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Sissonville freshman Mikayla Long wasn't a part of last season's state tournament run for the Indians girls basketball team, which ended in a runner-up finish.

Long made her presence felt in her first postseason game Wednesday night, scoring 18 points to help lead Sissonville to a 56-41 victory over rival Herbert Hoover in a Class AA Region 4, Section 1 semifinal.

With the win, the No. 2 seed Indians improve to 18-2 and will advance to the sectional final Friday against top seed Clay County. Both teams already have qualified for regional competition next week no matter the result.

Long scored eight points for Sissonville in the first quarter, and at halftime, had scored 13 her team's 32 points, as the Indians led by 11 at the break. She added five rebounds and six assists.

"She stepped up huge and hit some big shots," Sissonville coach Rich Skeen said. "As the season has gone on, we have expected more and more out of Mikayla and she has really stepped up and earned that. She has had a good year. She was big tonight."

Sissonville had already knocked off Hoover twice in the regular season and started strong against the Huskies on Wednesday, taking a 20-11 lead into the second quarter.

The Indians' second-leading scorer, Karli Pinkerton, picked up her third foul with 6:55 left in the first half with the Indians leading by 12, and Hoover made a quick charge, cutting the lead to six at 27-21.

A 5-0 run to end the first half gave Sissonville its cushion back at halftime, and the Huskies could get no closer than seven the rest of the game.

To go along with Long's strong game, Pinkerton added 11 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Madison Jones contributed 15 points and five rebounds, and Brooke Reed chipped in with 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots.

In a losing effort for Hoover, Bailey Aab scored 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, ending her Husky career. The senior was a three-sport standout, and will play college soccer at Davis and Elkins.

Hoover coach Greg Ullman was proud of the accomplishments of his senior class that included Aab, Caroline Thornburg, Bethany Romine and Zoey Carte.

"It has been a very good group," Ullman said. "They have won over 50 games and is probably the winningest senior group that has went through Hoover in history. They will be sorely missed."

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