The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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February 19, 2014

Playing for a championship

No. 4 Woodrow, No. 2 South Charleston to do battle in MSAC title game Saturday

BECKLEY — The Woodrow Wilson basketball team will be looking for what it hopes is the first of multiple championships Saturday when it takes on South Charleston in the boys championship game of the Mountain State Athletic Conference Night of Champions at the South Charleston Community Center.

The official lineup was released Wednesday and will include the girls third-place game between Parkersburg and Huntington at 2 p.m., the boys third-place game between Huntington and George Washington at 4 p.m., the girls championship game with George Washington and Spring Valley at 6 p.m. and the boys championship game as the nightcap.

The No. 4 Flying Eagles (14-3) and No. 2 Black Eagles played on the same floor just 10 days ago, with South Charleston (18-1) claiming a 74-53 victory that broke a run of 11 straight wins for Woodrow.

Head coach Ron Kidd’s team recovered with victories over No. 8 Capital on Monday and Parkersburg South on Wednesday, and will be looking for revenge. It won’t be easy, though, against South Charleston’s Brandon Knapper, who scored a career-best 40 points in the first meeting.

SCHS will enter Saturday’s game on a 14-game winning streak. The only setback this season was a one-point loss at Capital in early January.

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The action Saturday at the South Charleston Community Center will begin at 10 a.m. with the start of skills competitions, which are scheduled to include a number of area participants.

According to the MSAC, the girls free throw shooting contest will include Anna Saunders of Princeton and Kaliyah Cregsey of Woodrow Wilson. Courtny Maxwell will represent Woodrow in the girls 3-point shooting event, with Ashley Culicerto competing for Princeton. Chase Hancock and Aaliyah Williams will team together to represent Woodrow in the boys/girls hot shot competition, while Ashton O’Dell and Taylor Hamm will make up the Princeton team.

Donte Nabors will be Woodrow’s representative in the boys free throw shooting event, joined by Princeton’s Jay Palmer, while Brent Osborne will be the Flying Eagle involved in the 3-point shooting competition. Ian Southcott will represent Princeton in that event.

Princeton’s Zen Clements will participate in the dunk contest. Woodrow will not have a competitor in that event.

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At halftime of Saturday’s 6 p.m. girls game, academic athlete awards will be distributed to boys and girls with the highest grade point averages from each of the 15 conference schools.

Woodrow’s awards will go to soccer players Sarah Akers (4.2 GPA) and Matthew Sumpter (3.8 GPA).

Princeton’s academic honorees will be Ashley Culicerto (soccer and basketball, 4.2 GPA) and William Hickman (soccer, golf and baseball, 4.5 GPA).

Halftime of the  boys title game will see awards handed out for boys and girls players of the year, boys and girls coaches of the year and principal and athletic director of the year.

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Admission for Saturday’s event is $8 for adults and $7 for students. Hand stamps will be given out until 5 p.m., allowing fans to leave and re-enter. After 5 p.m., anyone leaving will have to purchase another ticket to return.

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Before Saturday’s game, there’s still one order of business to complete for the Flying Eagles.

Woodrow Wilson will play Riverside tonight at 8 p.m., at the WWHS Gymnasium. The game was moved because the MSAC mandated that it had to be played by tonight before the preliminary games for the MSAC Night of champions begin.

The contest will be the second of a doubleheader, with the Woodrow girls playing either Cabell Midland or Huntington at 5 p.m. to kick off the night.

— E-mail: chuffman and follow on Twitter @CamHuffmanRH.

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