Panthers firm at No. 2


Tug Valley boys’ ranked No. 2 in this weeks Prep Polls

By William Plaster - [email protected]



NAUGATUCK – The No. 2 Tug Valley Panthers are closing in on No. 1 Wheeling Central in the Class A Prep Polls.

In the recent edition of the Associated Press (AP) West Virginia High School Prep Polls Class A, the Tug Valley Panthers were ranked No. 2 right behind Wheeling Central (9-0). After the Panthers recent win over Class AAA Hurricane, their record of 7-0 locks them into the second spot. Wheeling Central’s perfect 9-0 record keeps them in the number one spot after receiving 10 total first place votes.

The buzz surrounding Tug Valley really picked up after they beat Notre Dame (Clarksburg) back before Christmas by a score of 58-55. Notre Dame (7-1) was ranked No. 3 at the time of the game and the Panthers were ranked No. 4 in the preseason polls. The win moved the Panthers up into second place where they have been for two weeks now.

The Panthers have an upcoming game scheduled against Saint Joseph Central (Huntington), on Jan. 15, who is currently ranked eighth in the Class A Polls. Tug Valley will also be squaring off against Class AAA team, George Washington, in the Hatfield McCoy Shootout this Saturday.

On the Class AA side of things, Poca (7-2) still sets at the top. Poca received a total of nine votes this week while No. 2 Bridgeport received one vote. The rankings do not show Poca with a firm grasp on the top spot with both Bridgeport (6-0) and Fairmont Senior (7-2) close behind.

South Charleston (5-1) is setting in fourth place of the Class AAA Polls, they will be making the trip down U. S. 119 this Saturday to play Wesley Christian in the Hatfield McCoy Shootout being held at the Williamson Fieldhouse. Huntington is ranked No. 1, followed by Morgatown (8-0) and Beckley Woodrow Wilson (6-1).

Team Record Pts. Prv.

Class AAA

1. Huntington (10) 8-0 100 1

2. Morgantown 8-0 81 4

3. Woodrow Wilson 6-1 78 3

4. South Charleston 5-1 58 2

5. Capital 6-1 57 7

6. Martinsburg 8-2 55 5

7. Musselman 7-0 29 9

8. Riverside 7-1 27 8

9. Wheeling Park 5-2 23 10

10. University 7-1 20 NR

Others receiving votes: George Washington 12, Parkersburg South 8, Ripley 2.

Class AA

1. Poca (9) 7-2 99 1

2. Bridgeport (1) 6-0 88 2

3. Fairmont Senior 7-2 76 3

4. Robert C. Byrd 5-1 66 4

5. Webster County 9-0 52 7

6. Ravenswood 6-1 45 5

7. Grafton 6-3 32 9

8. Lincoln 6-3 25 8

9. Bluefield 5-3 22 6

10. Wyoming East 6-2 19 NR

Others receiving votes: Frankfort 11, Herbert Hoover 7, Tolsia 4, Sissonville 3, James Monroe 1.

Class A

1. Wheeling Central (10) 9-0 100 1

2. Tug Valley 7-0 86 2

3. Notre Dame 7-1 80 3

4. Magnolia 6-2 63 5

5. Trinity 8-1 58 4

6. Williamstown 9-1 50 7

7. Tucker County 7-1 37 6

8. Saint Joseph Central 6-0 25 8

9. Fayetteville 8-1 24 NR

10. Cameron 5-3 6 10

(tie)Charleston Catholic 4-3 6 9

Others receiving votes: Man 5, St. Marys 4, Van 4, Bishop Donahue 2.<

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Tug Valley boys’ ranked No. 2 in this weeks Prep Polls

By William Plaster

[email protected]

(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)

(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)

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