The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest Sports

February 7, 2013

Big Weekend of basketball ahead for area teams

The high school boys basketball season may be winding down, but the action will be heating up this weekend as many local teams will take the court, hoping to make their presence felt with the sectional tournament right around the corner.


n West Virginia HIT    Division 2 Championship

The Hometown Invitational Tournament showcases the state’s top public Class A teams across the state. The Division 2 Championship will be played tonight at the Summersville Arena and Conference Center when Meadow Bridge takes on Haden at 8 p.m. The event will also feature three other games for sevneth, fifth and third place. Former Mountaineer standout Joe Mazulla will be in attendance signing autographs tonight.

n PikeView at

Shady Spring

The Class AAA Shady Spring Tigers look to rebound from a tough road loss to Wyoming East on Tuesday night when they welcome Class AA rival PikeView to town. Shady is led by the hot shooting Chase Connor, who is rumored to be on West Virginia University head coach Bob Huggins’ watchlist. The game will tip at 7:30 p.m.

n Westside at

Wyoming East

The two bitter Wyoming County rivals will do battle in New Richmond at 7:30 p.m. The two schools have split victories this season, with Wyoming East winning 67-57 on Jan. 4 in Clear Fork, while Westside defeated Wyoming East 82-64 in last week’s Big Atlantic Classic. It was the first time in five years the Renegades have defeated the Warriors. Look for Westside’s Corey Bowles and Wyoming East’s Austin Canada to have good nights.

n Bluefield at

Greenbrier East

In one of the more anticipated matchups of the weekend, the Class AA No. 1 Bluefield Beavers will travel to Fairlea to challenge the Class AAA No. 5 Greenbrier East Spartans. Each team has suffered only one loss this season with Bluefield’s coming at the hands of Princeton early in the season, while the Spartans were upset by the scrappy Point Pleasant Big Blacks in the Big Atlantic Classic. The game will feature five of the area’s most talked about players: Bluefield’s guard combo of Lykel Collier and Anthony Eades and Greenbrier East’s Rondale Watson, Bryce Woodliff and the 6-foot-9 Obi Romeo.

n St. Albans at Woodrow Wilson

No team may be playing better in the state right now than AAA No. 3 Woodrow Wilson. The Flying Eagles have won 10 straight games, knocking off George Washington and Morgantown last week.  Beckley’s living by their mantra “refuse to lose”, given to them by coach Ron Kidd after a tough 4-4 start. Junior guard Donte Nabors has been making his case for player of the year this season, averaging 21 points a game and helping the Flying Eagles jump up seven spots in the latest AP Rankings. Tip-off will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.


n Tug Valley at Greater Beckley Christian

To the surprise of many, Greater Beckley Christian has flown under the radar as one of the top Class A teams in the state this season, currently ranked eighth in the AP rankings. The Crusaders (10-1) will welcome Class A No. 2 Tug Valley into the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center for this game tipping at 7:30 p.m. Tug Valley handed Greater Beckley its only loss of the season, a 74-61 defeat on Jan. 11. The game will mark the return of coaching legend and GBC assistant Dave Barksdale to the court that also bears his name. The Crusaders are led by a three-headed guard attack of Elisha Kidd, Javonne Staunton-Bailey and Keith Mullins. If you haven’t seen GBC yet, this one is a can’t miss.

n Independence at Summers County

Things haven’t been going as well for Independence this year as coach Chad Perkins had hoped. The Patriots are 3-11 on the season, and things likely won’t turn around for them against a tough Summers County team. The Bobcats are coming off of a series of tough losses to Bluefield and Wyoming East and will hope to turn things around before the sectional tournament gets started. Tip-off for this one will be at 5:30 p.m.

n West Virginia HIT Division 1 Championship

Summersville Arena will play host to eight games on Saturday as the HIT draws to a close. Games will start at 9 a.m. with the 15th place game and will finish with the championship game at 7:30 p.m. Local teams Fayetteville, Greenbrier West, Midland Trail and Valley will be in action.

— E-mail: and follow on Twitter @JDanielRollins

Text Only
Latest Sports
  • 042014 old white Happy birthday to The Old White

    As Greenbrier owner Jim Justice proudly stood behind the podium on the first tee box addressing a crowd at the 100th anniversary of the historic Old White TPC Course, a surprise guest emerged from the bushes by the tennis center.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 042014 bubba Watson becoming a West Virginian

    Greenbrier owner Jim Justice was glued to the television a week ago today, watching Bubba Watson try to chase down his second green jacket at Augusta National Golf Club.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 042014 spartans LOCAL ROUNDUP: Spartans win Spring Break Wooden Bat Classic

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • St. Joe’s Lewis named 2014 High School Coach of the Year

    Huntington St. Joseph girls basketball coach Shannon Lewis has made a habit of celebrating success in Charleston over the last few years.

    April 19, 2014

  • 041914 old white Old White to celebrate 100 years

    The home of The Greenbrier Classic will be having a birthday today, and the celebration should be something special.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mullens, Pineville to meet in Anderson Memorial

    After many years away from the sideline, legendary Mullens High School coach Don Nuckols is returning to the game of basketball.

    April 19, 2014

  • 041914 D'Antoni Lakers mum on D’Antoni

    Mike D’Antoni was still the Los Angeles Lakers’ coach when he left their training complex to spend the Easter weekend out of town with his family.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041914 gibby WVU trying to find speed on defense

    Tony Gibson took over as West Virginia’s new defensive coordinator over the winter with the goal of trying not to do too much to rock the boat. As the fourth coach to hold that spot in as many years, the Van native — in his second stint as a Mountaineer assistant — knew that his players needed some stability.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041814 Sisler Diamond Classic continues today

    Fayetteville pitcher Kaitlyn Sisler pitched five innings of shutout softball as the Pirates beat Oak Hill 10-0 Wednesday in the Diamond Classic in Fayetteville.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • D’Antoni’s Lakers future still unclear

    With the Los Angeles Lakers season officially over — the Lakers beat the Spurs 113-100 Wednesday but finished 27-55 overall, the most losses in the club’s history and the franchise’s worst winning percentage since the Minneapolis Lakers in 1957-58 — Marshall fans will be keeping a close eye on what’s going on in Tinsel Town over the coming days.

    April 17, 2014