CHARLESTON — South Charleston High senior Aaron Dobson stood on the sidelines of Marshall University’s spring practice in Huntington on Tuesday, watching and waiting for the next cycle of his athletic career to begin.

Dobson, a talented and nimble 6-foot-3 athlete who will begin his career as a wide receiver for the Thundering Herd in the summer, had almost closed the book on an impressive high school career, although one element remained.

For the second time in as many seasons, Dobson was named to the Class AAA all-state boys basketball team by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Dobson averaged 21.9 points, 10 rebounds and four steals per game for the Black Eagles. South Charleston lost for the third consecutive season in the Class AAA championship game, this year to Martinsburg.

Named the state’s player of the year prior to the state tournament, Dobson was named captain of the All-State first team.

“It’s just kind of like icing on the cake, probably, filling out the year he’s had,” South Charleston coach Bobby Dawson said. “He was Player of the Year, now he’s the captain of the all-state team.

“He’s a perfect fit for what you want in a captain. He’s one of those guys who bleeds orange and black,” Dawson said, referring to South Charleston’s school colors. “He’s not a big ’rah-rah’ guy on the court, he just goes out and does it, but off the court he really he’s a great example for guys to follow.”

Dobson pulled out all the stops in attempt to help South Charleston (26-2) end a 50-year state title drought. He scored a season-high 35 points against Winfield in the state tournament quarterfinals, then followed up the performance with a 29-point showing against Wheeling Park in the semifinals.

The remainder of the first team consists of Spring Valley senior Jeremy Adkins, Robert C. Byrd senior Brett Ervin, Ripley senior Noah Fischer, Wheeling Park sophomore Bubby Goodwin, Parkersburg South senior Michael Riggins and George Washington senior Chase Smith and Martinsburg senior Isaac Thornton.

Thornton led Martinsburg (26-2) to its first state championship since 1994 with a game-high 15 points in the title game from his point guard position.

At 6-2, Thornton averaged 18.4 points, and joined Dobson and Adkins as a repeat first-team selection.

In fact, Thornton’s ability to spread the ball around played a large part in Martinsburg’s ability to reach the title game. The senior had a tournament-high eight assists in a quarterfinal win against John Marshall in which the Bulldogs had to rally late to survive an upset.

Smith, who finished third in the state Player of the Year balloting, scored 23.1 points per game. He led the state in single-game scoring in 2008-09 when he poured in 44 points in a loss to South Charleston on Feb. 18.

While also leading George Washington in assists, Smith had his biggest games against the Patriots’ stiffest competition. He scored 35 points against state semifinalist Woodrow Wilson and 35 against Mountain State Academy.

Goodwin (5-11, 15.7 points per game, 4 assists per game) led Wheeling Park to its first state tournament appearance in four years, and its first such berth under third-year coach Michael Jebbia.

Goodwin’s speed and clutch play were crucial to the Patriots in their state quarterfinal win against Parkersburg South, and Wheeling Park reached the semifinals before being eliminated by South Charleston. Goodwin shined in the spotlight, averaging 17 points in two games while going 10-for-10 from the free throw line.

Riggins also helped his team end a state tournament drought. Parkersburg South’s last appearance in the tournament prior to their its to Wheeling Park was when the school won the 2003 state championship.

Riggins (6-4, 15.7) was the steadiest player for Parkersburg South throughout its 20-win season. He led the Patriots’ perimeter-based offense was also the team’s leading rebounder, averaging 7 per game.

Adkins (6-3, 17.5) was named to the first team for the second consecutive year.

The Timberwolves spent much of the season on the fringe of The Associated Press state poll, but were upset by Winfield in Region 4 play.

Ervin’s Robert C. Byrd squad also fell at home in a regional game, denying the Eagles a second-straight bid in the state tournament. Ervin (6-7, 20.9) has signed to play college basketball at Elon after an impressive career at the Clarksburg-based school.

Ervin finished second in state Player of the Year voting and averaged 6.6 rebounds.

Among the teams represented by first team selections, only Ripley failed to reach regional tournament play. Fischer, a 6-3 shooting guard who led Class AAA players in scoring at 24 points per game, backed out of a commitment to play at Bucknell and will walk on at Marshall in the fall.

Woodrow Wilson senior guard Ryan Powers (5-11, 15.2) was named captain of the second team. Martinsburg senior wing Cameron Cato (6-3, 11.0) captained the third team.

Powers was joined by repeat second-team selection Pierria Henry of South Charleston, Preston’s T.J. Thompson, Greenbrier East’s Jalen Walker, Logan’s Paul Herbert Williamson, Jefferson’s Dewey McDonald, Musselman’s Jonathan Alvarez and Winfield’s Adam Kline.

In addition to Cato, the third team is comprised of Logan’s Jonathan Bevins, Hedgesville’s J.R. Mayles, East Fairmont’s Seth Quirk, Woodrow Wilson’s Michael Fortune, Cabell Midland’s Michael Brumfield, Parkersburg South’s Anthony Caplinger and Musselman’s Morgan McDonald.

Just seven underclassmen were listed among the top 24 Class AAA players: sophomores Goodwin, Henry and Williamson and juniors Thompson, Kline, McDonald and Brumfield.



Class AAA boys all-state

CLARKSBURG (AP) — The boys Class AAA all-state basketball team released by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association:

First Team

Aaron Dobson, South Charleston, (capt.), 6-3, senior, 21.6 points per game

Chase Smith, George Washington, 6-2, senior, 24.4 ppg.

Isaac Thornton, Martinsburg, 6-3, senior, 18.4 ppg.

Jeremy Adkins, Spring Valley, 6-3, senior, 17.5 ppg.

Noah Fischer, Ripley, 6-3, senior, 24.0 ppg.

Brett Ervin, Robert C. Byrd, 6-7, senior, 21 ppg.

Michael Riggins, Parkersburg South, 6-4, senior, 15.7 ppg.

Bubby Goodwin, Wheeling Park, 5-11, sophomore, 15.7 ppg.



Second Team

Ryan Powers, Woodrow Wilson, (capt.), 5-11, senior, 15.2 ppg.

T.J. Thompson, Preston, 6-4, junior, 21 ppg

Jalen Walker, Greenbrier East, 5-10, junior, 21.4 ppg.

Pierria Henry, South Charleston, 6-3, sophomore, 15.6 ppg.

Paul Herbert Williamson, Logan, 6-3, sophomore, 20 ppg.

Dewey McDonald, Jefferson, 6-1, senior, 21 ppg.

Jonathan Alvarez, Musselman, 5-10, senior, 10.2 ppg.

Adam Kline, Winfield, 6-5, junior, 16.7 ppg.



Third Team

Cameron Cato, Martinsburg, (capt.), 6-3, senior, 11 ppg.

Jonathan Bevins, Logan, 6-7, senior, 16 ppg.

J.R. Mayles, Hedgesville, 6-3, senior, 13.8 ppg.

Seth Quirk, East Fairmont, 5-10, senior, 20 ppg.

Michael Fortune, Woodrow Wilson, 6-1, senior, 12.6 ppg.

Michael Brumfield, Cabell Midland, 6-1, junior, 13 ppg.

Anthony Caplinger, Parkersburg South, 5-10, senior, 14 ppg.

Morgan McDonald, Musselman, 6-5, senior, 14.4 ppg.



Honorable mention

Tyrell Hill, Robert C. Byrd; Jerome Axton, Bridgeport; Jeremy Hays, John Marshall; Travis Whitfield, John Marshall; Casey Defibaugh, John Marshall; Jake Ferguson, Nicholas County; DJhae Jackson, Wheeling Park; Richard Hall, Wheeling Park; Marqez O’Neal, Wheeling Park; Justin Sabo, Brooke; Jon Austin, St. Albans; Jacob Lucas, Lincoln County; Tommy Gwinn, Capital; Chase Fischer, Ripley; Seth Parsons, Ripley; Matt Johnson, George Washington; Raheem Waiters, Riverside; Aaron Slusher, South Charleston; Andy Dollman, Parkersburg; Reggie Sims, Parkersburg; Cody McMurray, Parkersburg South; Chase Smith, Parkersburg South; Nathan Hedrick, Spring Valley; J.J. Martin, Huntington; Vashawn Wood, Woodrow Wilson; Ty Garrison, Fairmont Senior; Tyler Anderson, Morgantown; Logan Holloman, Musselman; Garrett Saiko, East Fairmont; Mike Cole, Martinsburg; Nick Branson, Princeton; Kevin Fike, Preston; Garrett Grantham, Jefferson; Maurice Newby, Hedgesville.

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