Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 25, 2014

State champs! BHS title win well earned, deserved

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— Congratulations to the Bluefield Beavers who earned their second consecutive Class AA state championship with a 64-39 win over Robert C. Byrd on Saturday in Charleston.

During three days of playoff action, Bluefield defeated Chapmanville, second seed Poca and top seed Robert C. Byrd by a combined 70 points, leaving no doubt as to the skill and talent of the Beavers basketball program.

The weekend win culminated three straight years of championship appearances. Bluefield lost to Tug Valley in the championship in 2012, but won the next two by a combined 45 points, defeating Fairmont Senior by 20 points last March and Byrd’s Eagles by 25 a year later.

The Bluefield Beavers made it look easy.

But we know that isn’t the case. Championships don’t come easy. It takes hard work and dedication, on and off the hardwood. Coach Buster Large knows it isn’t easy either.

In a interview with the Daily Telegraph in December 2013, Large said, “I tell them one, you’ve got to make the grade. Two, you’ve got to be in good standing in the community and school, and three, you’ve got to do what’s right,” he said. “You’ve got to listen to coaches and a lot of time you’re criticized. In our situation we criticize. We’re not trying to put someone down; we’re trying to make them better.”

Way to make the grade, Beavers.

On Saturday, it was a special day for seniors, a memory of a lifetime. It was also a special day for Bluefield residents. Large doesn’t hesitate to brag about his players to others across the state. Neither should alumni, friends and family of the Beavers and their school.

Over the weekend in Charleston, Large said he heard numerous comments on the integrity and class of the ball team and the cheerleaders at Bluefield High School.

“That says volumes in your program, that says volumes for Bluefield High School,” Large said. “We try to teach the right thing. Athletics and sports can be so much fun when you apply yourself in the right way and do it not only by winning the state championship, but doing well in the community and classroom.”

Bluefield senior Anthony Eades described the last three years as a legacy.

“Not too many people can say that, go to the state championship three times in a row and back-to-back state champions. Not many people can say that,” Eades said.

We congratulate the Bluefield Beavers for their work on the court and in the classroom. But more importantly, we congratulate Large and his team for leaving a legacy for the next generation, that being a realistic dream about cutting down the nets in the Charleston Civic Center.

We believe — it will happen again for the Bluefield Beavers program.