CHARLESTON —The Tug Valley Panthers are ranked 5th in the first high school boys basketball poll released this season by the Associated Press.
The Panthers (4-1), who won the Class AA state championship last season, are now in Class A. Coached by Garland “Rabbit” Thompson, Tug Valley has only lost one game. That was at Belfry during the Mountain Schoolboy Classic.
The Panthers did receive two first place votes.
Magnolia, another team that dropped from class AA to A this season, is in first place. They are followed by Charleston Catholic, Tucker County and Buffalo are tied for third, then Tug Valley comes in at No. 5.
In Class AA, Mingo Central received some votes, but did not crack the top 10. The Miners started the season off at 4-0, but have lost back to back games to Poca (No. 3), are now 4-3 overall, and 3-3 Cardinal Conference.
Scott, who edged Mingo Central a couple of weeks ago, is in first place, followed by Bluefield, Poca, Robert C. Byrd and Wyoming East. Tolsia, a team Mingo beat earlier in the season, is ranked No. 8. The Miners play host to Tolsia on Friday night.
Westside also received votes and are just ahead of Mingo Central in garnering votes.
In Class Triple A, Martinsburg is No. 1, followed by Hedgesville, South Charleston, Greenbrier East and Morgantown.
The Associated Press high school boys basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:
|1. Martinsburg (9)||7-0||99|
|2. Hedgesville (1)||9-0||86|
|3. South Charleston||6-1||72|
|4. Greenbrier East||9-0||69|
|T7. Woodrow Wilson||4-2||24|
|9. George Washington||5-2||19|
|T10. Parkersburg South||7-2||17|
Others receiving votes: University 5, Musselman 1, Brooke 1.
|1. Scott (5)||8-0||90|
|2. Bluefield (5)||4-1||80|
|4. Robert C. Byrd||6-1||71|
|5. Wyoming East||6-1||70|
|T6. Webster County||5-1||28|
|T6. Roane County||7-2||28|
|9. Fairmont Senior||5-3||18|
|10. North Marion||5-2||17|
Others receiving votes: Summers County 16, Westside 11, Mingo Central 11, Herbert Hoover 7, Mount View 5, Ritchie County 2, Liberty Raleigh 2.
|1. Magnolia (4)||6-0||83|
|2. Charleston Catholic (1)||5-1||69|
|T3. Tucker County (1)||6-1||63|
|T3. Buffalo (1)||8-0||63|
|5. Tug Valley (2)||5-0||58|
|6. Parkersburg Catholic||7-1||57|
|7. St. Marys||6-1||35|
|8. Greenbrier West||7-1||25|
|9. Valley Fayette||3-0||13|
|10. Tygarts Valley||5-0||10|
Others receiving votes: Greater Beckley Christian 6, Wheeling Central 6, Trinity 2, Paden City 2, Bishop Donahue 2, Notre Dame 1.