Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 21, 2013

An early look at the area’s top prep hoops teams

By BRIAN WOODSON
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — One week after Giles pulled off a classic comeback and defeated Brunswick 20-19 to capture the 2A state football championship, there is little doubt basketball season has now arrived.

Now is the time to begin focusing on the top 10 boys and girls basketball teams in the Daily Telegraph coverage area.

That is difficult to do as of now because of the lack of call-ins and so many tournaments taking place and trying to keep up with it all. Hopefully once the BDTBounce website is ready, that will help.

Compiling all the information for 44 teams can be a tall task, and the work continues to get it ready to go.

Doing a poll like this would be also be easier if all coaches would report games to the Daily Telegraph. Coaches are urged to report all games to (304) 327-2813 or (800) 763-2459 or email to sports@bdtonline.com.

The more calls, the better your team will be covered, and it also helps in the selection of weekly awards. Also, please report games as early as possible after games to avoid deadline issues.

Just so you will know, normally it is the home team’s responsibility to report games, but don’t assume it is being done. Those coaches who don’t call need to remember if that game doesn’t get called in, it is not just your kids, but the players on the other team who are also not getting recognized for what they did in that particular game.

OK, enough with the lecture, let’s get to the point.

Here is a first guess on the top 10 teams to start the season, with Bluefield the top boys team, and Summers County leading the girls.

Boys

1. Bluefield (4-0). Defending Class AA champions, will stay in this spot for a while. The Beavers haven’t been challenged yet, winning their games by 24, 37, 70 and 46 points.  

2. Wyoming East (1-0): Defeated PikeView 64-41 in opener on Tuesday.

3. Narrows (7-1). The Green Wave’s unbeaten streak ended in a loss to Giles in their own tournament on Saturday.

4. Giles (4-1):  Giles, which lost to Narrows on Friday, beat the Green Wave for the tourney championship on the same floor on Saturday.

5. Graham (2-2): Graham has two wins over Tazewell and losses to quality opponents in Abingdon and Bluefield.

6. Honaker (4-2): Haven’t heard much from the Black Diamond District teams early on, but it will get better once the calendar turns to January.

7. Tazewell (4-4): First-year coach William Lester already has the Bulldogs halfway to last season’s win total of eight.

8. River View (2-2): After going winless two years ago and finishing 3-19 last season, the Raiders are even through four games.

9. Mercer Christian (11-2): The Cavaliers have already played 13 games, and it’s not Christmas yet.

10. Take your pick, Bland County (2-3), Summers County (1-2), Grundy (2-4). At least five local teams haven’t won a game yet. Other records are still a mystery.

Girls

1. Summers County (5-0): The Bobcats are unbeaten, winning games by 50, 20, 51, 5 and 44 points.

2. PikeView (5-1): PikeView rebounded from a loss to highly-touted Westside to win two straight by 56 and 40 points.

3. Richlands (3-1): Lebanon ended Richlands’ hopes at a second straight tourney title in Bristol last weekend.

4. Wyoming East (5-1): The girls can play ball in New Richmond as well. The Warriors lone loss was the Summers County by 44 points.

5. Bluefield (2-2): Bluefield has won two games by a total of six points, including a win over Graham.

6. Graham (3-3): The G-Girls finished second in the Perry Coe Shootout, and stand above Tazewell after defeating the Bulldogs last week.

7. Tazewell (6-4): Bulldogs have won three of four since that loss to Graham.

8. Mount View (4-1): The Lady Knights won the River View tournament last week, but were walloped by PikeView by 56 on Thursday.

9. Grundy (3-4): Grundy earned an impressive win over Union earlier this week. Morgan Hall was the first player of the week for this season.

10. Narrows (3-4): Narrows defeated county rival Giles for a second time on Saturday in the Green Wave’s holiday tournament.

Much like the boys, there are other teams in the conversation, but that works for now.

Both lists will be updated each week throughout the season.

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I also compiled a Top 10 (sometimes 12) list during the football season, and here is the final poll for 2013.

No. 1 is easy: Giles (15-0), 2A state champions.

The rest includes: 2. Bluefield (11-3), reached the Class AA state semifinals; 3. Haysi (13-1), 1A state semifinals; 4. Richlands (9-4), 2A state quarterfinals; 5. Honaker (10-2), 1A second round; 6. Summers County (9-2), Class AA first round; 7. Wyoming East (9-2), Class AA first round; 8. Graham (6-5), 2A first round; 9. Princeton (6-4), missed out on Class AAA playoffs.

It is limited to nine because the other 11 teams all finished below the .500 mark. Those clubs combined for a record of 30-80 in 2013.  

All that is left for football is the All-Four Seasons Country team, which will be released on Christmas day.

Merry Christmas to all...and may your favorite team win all their games in 2014.

That is, except for all those Mountaineer fans when West Virginia plays Alabama in on the football field in August.

—Brian Woodson is the sports editor for the Daily Telegraph. Contact him at bwoodson@bdtonline.com