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Wildcats Remain Atop Class AAA Boys Poll, Lady Wildcats Remain Third In Girls Poll

Logan maintained its spot atop of the Associated Press Class AAA boys basketball poll, receiving six first-place votes.

The Wildcats (8-0) are one of five unbeatens in the state of West Virginia. Class AAAA Jefferson (7-0), Class AAA Fairmont Senior (8-0) and Class AA schools St. Marys (9-0) and South Harrison (7-0) are the others.

Shady Spring (8-1), who lost to Logan 57-49 on Dec. 18 in the King Coal Classic at Willie Akers Arena, has won five consecutive games and remained second in the rankings. The Tigers received two first-place votes to stay ahead of Fairmont Senior, who received the other two first-place votes. Winfield (8-1), who lost for the first time this season, 63-59, at Logan on Tuesday, remained fourth and Wheeling Central (8-1) remained in the fifth spot.

The second 10 sees East Fairmont (5-2) ranked sixth, Elkins (6-2) seventh, Herbert Hoover (7-3) eighth, Berkeley Springs (7-2) ninth and newcomer Ripley (5-2). The Vikings replace Nitro (4-6), who has lost four straight after a 4-2 start to the season, at No. 10.

Logan third in the AP girls basketball poll

Despite suffering its first loss of the season at Wyoming East on Thursday, the Logan Lady Wildcats remained third in the AP Class AAA girls basketball poll.

For the second straight week, the Lady Wildcats received one first-place vote and are ranked third behind No. 1 Fairmont Senior (12-0) and No. 2 North Marion (9-0). Wayne (8-2), who will visit Logan Wednesday night, is fourth and reigning Class AAA champion Nitro (8-2) fifth.

Just like the boys poll, East Fairmont (7-3) checks in at six with Philip Barbour (6-4) and Pikeview (4-4) tied for seventh with Robert C. Byrd (6-2) ninth and Winfield (4-6) rounding out the poll at No. 10.

Reigning Class A champion Man falls one spot to fourth in Class A

Despite not playing once last week, the Hillbillies fell to fourth in this week’s AP Class A Boys Basketball poll.

Man (7-2) has not played since defeating Parkersburg Catholic 101-42 on Jan. 8. Man was scheduled to host Liberty (Raleigh) last Thursday, but that contest had to be postponed due to COVID protocols within the Liberty (Raleigh) program.

Greater Beckley Christian (8-1) received nine first-place votes to remain atop the Class A poll. The Crusaders were followed by James Monroe (9-1) at No. 2. Huntington St. Joe’s, who defeated Class AA No. 4 Williamstown, jumped from fourth to third knocking the Hillbillies, who received one first-place vote, down to four. Tug Valley (5-1) remained fifth.

Tucker County (9-1) headlines the second 10 at No. 6. The Mountain Lions are ahead of Greenbrier West (5-3) at seven, Tygarts Valley (6-2) is eighth, Webster County (5-3) is ninth and last year’s Class A runner-up Pendleton County (7-2) is No. 10. The Wildcats, who have won six straight after starting the season 1-2, replaced Cameron (5-3) in this week’s poll.

Chapmanville moves up one spot to seventh in Class AA rankings

Despite a 1-1 week, the Chapmanville Tigers climbed one spot in the rankings jumping from eighth to seventh in the AA rankings.

The Tigers committed 35 turnovers in a 76-42 loss at Scott last Tuesday but rebounded to defeat then No. 10 Nitro 45-28 Friday night at Nitro. The Tigers led 22-20 at halftime but held the Wildcats scoreless in the third quarter and outscored the host team 23-8 in the second half.

Poca was a unanimous selection for the top spot in Class AA receiving all 10 first-place votes. The Dots (8-1) defeated then AAA No. 6 Herbert Hoover 68-42 and then AA No. 7 Charleston Catholic 71-41 last week.

St. Marys (9-0) is second followed by Bluefield(6-2) in third, Williamstown (8-3) fourth and Ravenswood (8-2) fifth.

South Harrison (7-0) is sixth, Chapmanville (5-5) seventh, Mingo Central (4-2) eighth, Charleston Catholic (2-5) ninth and Wyoming East (2-3) at No. 10.

Lady Tigers receiving votes in the Class AA girls poll

For the first time since the preseason rankings, the Chapmanville Lady Tigers are receiving votes in the Class AA girls basketball poll this season.

Chapmanville opened the eyes of the voters with its 55-39 victory over Summers County Saturday afternoon. The Lady Tigers (4-6) received five votes from the sportswriters in this week’s poll.

Parkersburg Catholic (11-0) was a unanimous selection for the top spot in Class AA. Wyoming East (6-2), who handed Class AAA No. 3 Logan, its first loss of the season, jumped from third to second this week with Petersburg (9-1) jumping from four to three in the rankings. Frankfort (7-3), who lost three games last week to fall from the ranks of the unbeatens, fell two spots from second to fourth with St. Marys (8-4) holding steady in fifth.

Summers County (8-4) remained sixth with Charleston Catholic (5-2) and Mingo Central (8-3) tied for seventh, Ritchie County (6-3) ninth and Williamstown (3-7) rounding out the top 10 at No. 10.

Morgantown tops AAA boys rankings

Morgantown (6-3) received nine-of-10 first-place votes and remained atop the Class AAA boys basketball poll.

Parkersburg South (9-1) moved up two spots to No. 2 with Jefferson (7-0) holding firm at No. 3 and George Washington (5-2), last week’s No. 2 team, dropped to No. 4 after a pair of losses to unranked Huntington and an overtime loss to Class A No. 1 Greater Beckley Christian. South Charleston (5-2) moved up one spot to No. 5.

Huntington (6-4), who was unranked last week, checks in at No. 6 followed by Musselman (6-2) at No. 7, Hedgesville (6-2) at No. 8, Martinsburg (4-3) is No. 9 and Capital returns to the rankings at No. 10 this week.

Cabell Midland (4-5) and University (5-6) fell out of the rankings.

Huntington, Gilmer County unanimous selection in Class AAAA and Class A girls ratings

Both Huntington (9-0) and Gilmer County (12-0) were unanimous selections for the top spot in Class AAAA and Class A girls basketball rankings this week.

Morgantown (11-2) and Wheeling Park (11-1) are tied for second in Class AAAA with Cabell Midland (7-3) fourth and Greenbrier East (8-1) fifth.

Princeton (7-1) remained sixth with Capital (7-3) jumping two spots from ninth to seventh in this week’s rankings. Buckhanon-Upshur (8-3) is eighth, Parkersburg (6-4) is ninth and George Washington (3-7) down two spots to No. 10.

The top four remain the same in Class A as Gilmer County is followed by Cameron (9-1) at No. 2 with Tucker County (10-2) No. 3 and Tolsia (10-1) remaining in the fourth spot. Clay-Battelle (5-2), who was tied for fifth last week with Huntington St. Joe’s (2-6), holds the fifth spot.

The Lady Irish are ranked sixth with Doddridge County (8-2) seventh, Webster County (8-3) eighth, reigning Class A champion and preseason No. 1 Tug Valley (3-5) is ranked ninth and Calhoun County (4-4) rounding out the top 10 at No. 10.

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