The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 28, 2013

THE FAB FIVE


From Staff Reports

BECKLEY — Class AAA

1) Oak Hill (23) — Following a 5-0 start, the Red Devils (6-2) have dropped two of their last three and both came in lopsided fashion. They'll try to get back on track Friday at Woodrow Wilson.

2) Princeton (21) — The Tigers (5-4) have won three in a row to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. They'll be off this week and finish the season Nov. 8 at James Monroe.

3) Greenbrier East (14) — The Spartans (5-4) picked up a win at Parkersburg South to stay alive in the hunt for a playoff spot. They'll be off this week before finishing at Oak Hill on Nov. 8.

4) Woodrow Wilson (12) — A shot at the postseason was probably erased with a loss at Princeton. Now playing for .500, the Flying Eagles (3-5), who have lost three of the last four, will be at Oak Hill on Friday.

5) Shady Spring (5) — Five straight losses have the Tigers (1-7) frustrated, but they're still playing hard and not giving up. They'll be at Liberty on Friday looking for something positive.



Class AA

1) Bluefield (25) — After losing to rival Princeton in Week 2, the Beavers (7-1) have been virtually unstoppable. They've won five straight and will host James Monroe on Friday.

2) Summers County (19) — First-year head coach Nate Tanner has the Bobcats (8-1) rolling toward the top of Class AA. They've won three straight and will finish at Richwood on Friday.

3) Nicholas County (15) — The Grizzlies (7-2) are playing for a first-round home game in the playoffs and have won four in a row. They'll be off Friday before hosting Richwood on Nov. 8.

4) Wyoming East (11) — Winners of four in a row, the Warriors (7-1) will be at Independence Friday after taking last week off. They'll finish up at home against Liberty on Nov. 8.

5) Westside (3) — The Renegades (3-5) have lost two of their last three, but after a week off to regroup they'll head to Mount View on Friday. The season ends against River View Nov. 8.



Class A

1) Greenbrier West (25) — Aside from a setback to Class AA power Summers County, the Cavailers (8-1) have been unbeatable. Their regular season ends Friday against Fayetteville.

2) Valley (20) — The Greyhounds (8-0) overcame a slow start to cruise to a win over Richwood and stay undefeated. They'll put that mark on the line at Midland Trail on Friday.

3) Meadow Bridge (15) — A 66-27 thrashing of PikeView gave the Wildcats (7-2) another victory. They'll finish the regular season at home against Sherman on Friday.

4) Fayetteville (9) — The Pirates (3-5) broke a long four-game losing streak with a home win over Buffalo this week. They'll be tested again Friday at Greenbrier West.

5) Midland Trail (4) — Winners of four of their last five games, the Patriots (4-4) are back to .500. They'll look to spoil perfection this week when they hit the road to face Valley.



About the poll: Our panel of five voters — Cam Huffman (sports editor), Gary Fauber (assistant sports editor), Dan Stillwell (sports writer), J. Daniel Rollins (sports writer) and Rusty Udy (sports clerk) — ranked the top five area teams in each class based on their performances over the first nine weeks and their potential the rest of the way. Teams received five points for a first-place vote, four for a second-place vote and on down to one for a fifth-place vote. The vote totals are listed in parentheses.