1) Oak Hill (25) — The Red Devils (8-2) finished the regular season rated No. 9 after a win over Greenbrier East. They'll be at No. 8 George Washington to open the playoffs.
2) Woodrow Wilson (17) — The Flying Eagles (4-6) finished off their season with a win over Hedgesville. Woodrow won't be playoff bound, though, after falling short of the .500 mark.
3) Princeton (15) — The Tigers (6-4) finished with a win over Class AA James Monroe but fell just short of the top 16, missing out on a shot at a postseason berth.
4) Greenbrier East (13) — The Spartans (5-5) got back to .500 this year, but a blowout loss at Oak Hill kept them from their first playoff berth since 1998.
5) Shady Spring (5) — The Tigers (1-9) ended the year with a lopsided loss at Musselman. Their only win all season was a 14-7 victory at Independence.
1) Bluefield (25) — The Beavers (8-2) fell just short in a showdown with defending state champion Wayne and ended the year rated No. 3. They'll host Ravenswood to open the postseason.
2) Summers County (19) — The Bobcats (9-1) will host a playoff game for the first time. They're ranked No. 5 and will welcome Ritchie County to Hinton to open the postseason.
T3) Nicholas County (13) — The Grizzlies (8-2) finished with a blowout win over Richwood and were No. 11 in the ratings. They'll hit the road to face Wyoming East in the first round.
T3) Wyoming East (13) — The Warriors (9-1) lost only to Summers County and finished the season rated No. 6. They'll welcome Nicholas County to New Richmond in the first round.
5) Westside (5) — The Renegades (5-5) finished an injury-plauged season with a win over River View to get back to .500. They'll miss the playoffs in Larry Cook's first year as head coach.
1) Greenbrier West (24) — The Cavaliers (9-1) lost only to Summers County and were perfect against Class A opponents. They're rated No. 7 and will host Notre Dame to open the postseason.
2) Valley (21) — The Greyhounds (10-0) completed the first undefeated regular season in school history by romping Gilmer County. They're rated No. 3 and will host Magnolia in the first round.
3) Meadow Bridge (15) — The Wildcats (8-2) lost only to Valley and Summers County. They're rated No. 11 and will begin the playoffs on the road at traditional power Moorefield.
4) Fayetteville (9) — The Pirates (4-6) ended their run through a brutal schedule with a pounding of Independence. They'll miss the playoffs, but they made major strides after going winless in 2012.
5) Midland Trail (6) — The Patriots (5-5) ended the season with wins in three of their last four games to get back to .500. They'll miss the postseason but can build on the late charge next season.
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 course of the regular season. 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.
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AAA teams fighting to stay alive
Two of the state’s top seven Class AAA boys basketball powers will punch their tickets to the state tournament tonight, while the other two will see their seasons end.
Scrimmage games set up for this weekend
With high school basketball winding down, baseball season will be starting soon. Fans will have the chance this weekend to get a glimpse of what the season has in store.
- Scores and schedules
Greater Beckley Christian takes sectional title
All good things must come to an end.
Westside wins a classic
Many words will be used to describe Friday night’s battle for the Class AA Region 3, Section 1 championship between No. 4 Wyoming East and No. 6 Westside, but one that will be used the most is simple — classic.
Lady Spartans punch their ticket to state tournament
For 21 minutes Friday night, Greenbrier East relived last year’s nightmare, which saw the undefeated Lady Spartans, ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, fall short of the state tournament with a shocking loss to a Capital squad that was below .500 in the Region 3 co-final.
Fast start propels Valley past Wildcats
One day can sometimes make a lot of difference. A whole lot.
Bluefield rolls past PikeView, 76-52
The Region 3, Section 2 championship plaque was securely in the hands of Lykel Collier, and he was in no hurry to give it up.
- Scores and schedules
- Roundup: Greater Beckley-Tug Valley today at Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center
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