Logan's Garrett Williamson (11) dribbles up court in preseason action against Buffalo last Thursday at Willie Akers Arena (Boothe Davis/Captured by the Moment Photography).
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CHARLESTON Logan County is one of four counties to have three or more of its schools ranked in the West Virginia preseason high school boys basketball poll released Monday afternoon by The Associated Press.
Kanawha County has four schools ranked in the preseason poll while Cabell and Marion Counties join Logan with three schools ranked.
Logan, who opened with a 36-point victory over Sissonville Tuesday night, is the highest ranked Logan County school checking at No. 3 in Class AAA.
The Wildcats, who were defeated in the final seconds by Scott last season in the Class AAA state tournament, return first team all-state Scotty Browning and second-teamer Garrett Williamson.
Chapmanville, who failed to advance to the state tournament for the first time since 2015, was ranked sixth in the Class AA poll.
The Tigers return second-team all stater Zion Blevins as well as honorable mention selections Brody Dalton and Isaiah Smith and added transfer guard Sal Dean, who scored 1,465 points in three seasons at Belfry (KY).
Chapmanville and Logan are two of 18 schools that have both boys and girls teams ranked in the preseason poll. Chapmanville is tied for seventh in the Class AA girls preseason poll while defending state champion Logan is second in the Class AAA girls poll.
Man, coming off a first-round loss to Greater Beckley Christian in last year’s Class A state tournament, is ranked sixth in the state’s small school classification.
The Hillbillies, who have to replace first team all stater Caleb Blevins and second-teamer Jeremiah Harless, will field an inexperienced squad.
Senior Colton Miller is the lone returnee with any kind of varsity experience, but coach TJ Blevins has high hopes for seniors Chris Isaacs and Caleb Vance as well as a promising freshmen class.
Morgantown, Shady Spring, Bluefield and James Monroe were tabbed preseason No. 1 in their respective classes by The Associated Press.
Morgantown, who won Class AAAA last season, and reigning Class A champion James Monroe were unanimous selections for the top spot in their class.
Shady Spring was No. 1 in Class AAA and Bluefield No. 1 in Class AA.
Morgantown garnered all 10 first place votes and 100 points, 22 points better than No. 2 Parkersburg South, who Morgantown beat in last season Class AAAA championship game.
George Washington was third followed by Jefferson at four and South Charleston at five. Greenbrier East is sixth with Cabell Midland seventh, Huntington eighth, Hedgesville ninth and Princeton 10th.
Shady Spring received eight first place votes and 98 points. The Tigers were seven points better than last season’s Class AAA champion Fairmont Senior.
The Polar Bears, who beat Shady Spring on a last season shot, garnered two first place votes and 91 points. Logan is third, Elkins fourth and Scott fifth.
Herbert Hoover checks in at No. 6, Grafton is seventh, North Marion eighth, Robert C. Byrd ninth and East Fairmont 10th.
Bluefield, who lost to Poca in the Class AA state championship last season, received seven of 10 first place votes to top Class AA.
Ravenswood received one first place vote and is second, Williamstown third, Wheeling Central, who dropped from Class AAA and received two first places votes, is fourth and South Harrison fifth.
Chapmanville is sixth, St. Marys seventh, defending champion Poca is eighth, Charleston Catholic ninth and Wyoming East 10th.
James Monroe was 14 points better than Tucker County, who start the season ranked second, and is followed by Pendleton County in third, Huntington St. Joe’s is ranked fourth and Greenbrier West fifth.
Man is sixth with Cameron seventh, Tyler Consolidated eighth, Tug Valley ninth and Webster County 10th.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP)- The Associated Press high school boys basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:
Morgantown (10) 100
Parkersburg South 78
George Washington 68
South Charleston 40
Greenbrier East 38
Cabell Midland 29
Others receiving votes: Wheeling Park 17, University 14, Spring Mills 10, Capital 9, Martinsburg 8, Hurricane 7, Woodrow Wilson 7, Musselman 4, Spring Valley 1.
Shady Spring (8) 98
Fairmont Senior (2) 91
Herbert Hoover 38
North Marion 19
Robert C. Byrd 17
East Fairmont 16
Others receiving votes: Winfield 10, Berkeley Springs 9, Ripley 7, Hampshire 5, Keyser 3, Nitro 1.
Bluefield (7) 96
Ravenswood (1) 77
Wheeling Central (2) 54
South Harrison 53
St. Marys 37
Charleston Catholic 34
Wyoming East 12
Others receiving votes: Buffalo 7, Magnolia 6, Ritchie County 6. Trinity 4, Braxton County 3, Westside 2, Wirt County 2, Frankfort 1, Mingo Central 1, Norte Dame 1.
James Monroe (10) 100
Tucker County 86
Pendleton County 57
Huntington St. Joe's 52
Greenbrier West 51
Tyler Consolidated 23
Tug Valley 18
Webster County 17
Others receiving votes: Madonna 14, Greater Beckley Christian 9, Tolsia 9, Wahama 9, Clay-Battelle 8, Tygarts Valley 5, East Hardy 1.