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By Paul Adkins


Sports Editor


Most coaches would agree that preseason polls are pretty much meaningless.


That goes for coaches at any level.


Nick Saban, the coach of the tw0-time defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide, recently shrugged off his team’s nearly unanimous AP No. 1 ranking.


But if you are in the Chapmanville camp you have to be pleased with the Tigers’ ranking.


Chapmanville Regional High School, which struggled to a 4-6 record last season and saw its winning record streak of six straight years snapped, has broken into the top 10 in the Charleston Daily Mail Preseason Poll.


The Tigers are ranked sixth in the state in Class AA.


Wayne, a Cardinal Conference member alongside Chapmanville and the two-time defending Class AA state champions, are No. 1 in the poll to nobody’s surprise. The Pioneers were 14-0 last season and open the season Aug. 29 against rival Tolsia. Wayne grabbed all 10 first-place votes.


One other Cardinal team — the Scott Skyhawks — breached the top 10. The Skyhawks, 7-4 last year and a playoff team, landed at No. 10.


Keyser was second in the Class AA poll, followed by Bridgeport, Bluefield and No. 5 Robert C. Byrd. Frankfort was seventh, Fairmont eighth and Wyoming East ninth.


Cardinal Conference teams Sissonville, Herbert Hoover and Mingo Central also received votes.


Chapmanville opens the season on Aug. 30 at home against Sissonville.


Both the Tigers and the Indians were at Mingo Central on Saturday for the first-ever Cardinal Conference Gridorama. Chapmanville scrimmaged Poca, while Sissonville followed with a preseason test against the Tolsia Rebels.


Chapmanville closes out the preseason on Saturday at Class AAA Lincoln County.


Martinsburg heads the Class AAA poll, followed by Morgantown, Capital, Cabell-Midland and Huntington. Martinsburg got nine first places votes, while Capital got the other nod for first place.


In Class A, Wahama sits on top the small school poll. They are followed by Wheeling Central, Weirton Madonna, Magnolia and Greenbrier West.


Class AAA Logan and Class A Man did not receive any votes.


One of Logan’s four new opponents this season — University — was ranked No. 6 in the 3A poll.


The poll, which was voted on by a panel of sportswriters, has nothing to do with the WVSSAC Computer Ratings that decides the 16 playoff teams in each classification. However, it does give coaches, players and fans fodder for argument.


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The Charleston Daily Mail preseason high school football poll as voted on by West Virginia sportswriters, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2012 record, team’s final 2012 ranking and opening opponent. All games Aug. 30 unless noted:


CLASS AAA


Pl. Team Rec. Pts. Pvs. Opponent


1. Martinsburg (9) 13-1 99 1 H.D. Woodson, D.C.


2. Morgantown 10-3 83 4 Brooke


3. Capital (1) 7-4 82 5 Riverside (Sept. 6)


4. Cabell Midland 13-1 55 2 at Riverside (Aug. 29)


5. Huntington 9-3 52 6 at Hurricane


6. University 8-3 48 7 at Lewis County


7. South Charleston 6-4 26 NR at G. Washington (Aug. 29)


8. George Washington 10-3 23 3 South Charleston (Aug. 29)


(tie) Spring Valley 8-4 23 8 at St. Albans


(tie) Wheeling Park 7-4 23 10 Keyser


Others: Hurricane 14, Oak Hill 10, Washington 4, Parkersburg 3, Woodrow Wilson 2, Lewis County 1, Musselman 1, Princeton 1.


CLASS AA


Pl. Team Rec. Pts. Pvs. Opponent


1. Wayne (10) 14-0 100 1 Tolsia (Aug. 29)


2. Keyser 12-2 90 2 at Wheeling Park


3. Bridgeport 9-3 73 4 at Buckhannon-Upshur


4. Bluefield 9-3 65 5 Graham, Va.


5. Robert C. Byrd 11-2 41 3 at Fairmont Senior


6. Chapmanville 4-6 33 NR Sissonville


7. Frankfort 9-3 32 6 North Marion


8. Fairmont Senior 5-5 23 NR Robert C. Byrd


9. Wyoming East 7-4 19 t9 at Mingo Central


10. Scott 7-4 15 7 at Herbert Hoover


Others: Summers County 14, River View 8, Nicholas County 7, Sissonville 7, Philip Barbour 6, Ritchie County 6, Lincoln 4, Braxton County 2, Herbert Hoover 2, Independence 1, Mingo Central 1, Webster County 1.


CLASS A


Pl. Team Record Pts. Pvs. Opponent


1. Wahama (5) 14-0 95 2 Fayetteville


2. Wheeling Central (5) 7-4 92 6 Harrison Cent., Ohio (Aug. 29)


3. Madonna 12-2 75 4 at Beallsville, Ohio (Aug. 29)


4. Magnolia 11-2 61 1 Linsly


5. Greenbrier West 10-2 45 5 at Nicholas County


6. St. Marys 10-2 43 7 at Ritchie County


7. Clay-Battelle 10-2 41 9 at Paden City


8. Williamstown 6-5 24 NR Tyler Consolidated


9. Tucker County 12-1 22 3 at Pocahontas County


10. Moorefield 5-5 13 NR at Petersburg


Others: East Hardy 12, Meadow Bridge 6, Valley (Fayette) 6, Notre Dame 4, Wirt County 4, Buffalo 3, Montcalm 3, Doddridge County 1.



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