Panthers rise to No. 3


Tug Valley is steadily climbing back up AP Prep Polls

By William Plaster - [email protected]



NAUGATUCK – The Tug Valley Panthers are clawing back up the AP State Prep Polls after dropping to No.4 last week. The Panthers are now ranked No.3 behind No.2 Magnolia and No.1 Wheeling Central.

The Panthers have an overall record of 13-3 after losing their first game to Gorge Washington in the Mountain Schoolboy Classic by a score of 75-65 then two games in a row to Saint Joseph and Wesley Christian. Tug Valley had beaten Saint Joseph earlier in the season but lost in the rematch at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

The Panthers were scheduled to play Belfry on Monday night, however that game was cancelled due to the wintry weather. The Panthers are scheduled to play on the road for the three remaining games of the regular season. Tug Valley has Valley (Fayette), Mingo Central, and Hurricane left to play.

The Panthers success can largely be attributed to the “Super Sophomore Class” that has been the driving force for the Panthers this season. Last year the Panthers were beat out in the first round of the state playoffs. This year the Panthers have a real shot to go even further.

Panther Head Coach Ed May said the team tries to prove themselves on the court instead of in the polls. “It’s nice to be ranked up there with those guys but it’s not really anything we dwell on. We try our best to push our kids to get better every time they get a chance to hit the floor and see where that puts us at the end of the season,” said May.

West Virginia Boys Basketball Poll

Team Record Pts Prv

Class AAA

1. Huntington (8) 17-0 89 1

2. Morgantown (1) 17-0 80 2

3. Woodrow Wilson 15-1 73 3

4. Martinsburg 16-3 63 5

5. Capital 15-3 55 4

6. South Charleston 13-4 43 7

7. Hedgesville 15-3 31 6

8. Musselman 13-4 18 9

9. Parkersburg South 12-6 16 NR

10. Ripley 14-5 11 10

(tie)Riverside 12-5 11 8

Others receiving votes: University 3, Wheeling Park 2.

Class AA

1. Poca (8) 15-2 89 1

2. Bridgeport (1) 14-1 81 2

3. Fairmont Senior 15-3 71 3

4. Wyoming East 11-3 61 4

5. Robert C. Byrd 12-4 52 5

6. Frankfort 16-2 39 7

7. Grafton 12-5 29 8

8. Webster County 14-2 28 6

9. Bluefield 10-5 25 9

10. River View 11-3 8 NR

Others receiving votes: Herbert Hoover 5, Lincoln 5, Ravenswood 2.

Class A

1. Wheeling Central (7) 18-1 88 1

2. Magnolia (2) 14-2 81 2

3. Tug Valley 13-3 63 4

4. Notre Dame 12-2 61 3

5. Williamstown 17-1 58 5

6. Saint Joseph Central 13-6 43 7

7. Van 16-3 32 8

8. Tucker County 14-2 27 6

9. Fayetteville 12-2 22 9

10. Trinity 13-4 9 NR

Others receiving votes: Man 7, Charleston Catholic 3, St. Marys 1.

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Tug Valley is steadily climbing back up AP 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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