By BRIAN WOODSON
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
There are subjects galore to write about right now, from Alabama winning another national championship to A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend.
There is the continued upheaval of West Virginia football with the dismissal of Steve Dunlap, the end of the NHL lockout — does anyone really care — and the fact that the BBWWA voted no one into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Three old-timers, all of whom died in the 1930, will be inducted in July. Can’t wait to go to that ceremony.
Yet, it is basketball season and I have just spent the last couple of weeks trying to catch up the bdtbounce.com website, and it is officially done.
Please take advantage of the resource. It has team and individual photos, rosters, schedules, game stories and roundups, features, slideshows, videos and much more.
Here is a quick look at the top five boys and girls teams included on the Bounce site, with the colleges to follow.
The top prep teams come from the same school.
1. Princeton (8-1). The Tigers have won seven straight. Princeton’s lone loss was by two points to Class AAA third-ranked South Charleston. The Tigers are ranked sixth in the state.
2. Bluefield (5-1): Bluefield is ranked No. 2 in Class AA, with the loss coming to Princeton. The Beavers face tests this week, at No. 5 Wyoming East and Class AAA Wheeling Park.
3. Wyoming East (7-1): The Warriors will take a five-game win streak into its game on Friday with the Beavers. Wyoming East, ranked fifth in Class AA, lost to Woodrow Wilson.
4. Bland County (9-4): Yes, the Bears are small, but few schools have three 1,000 point scorers on their team. Bland County does, but the Bears are 2-3 since an 7-1 start to the season.
5. Graham (9-3): The G-Men will seek their second five-game win streak of the season on Friday at Bland County. Graham have won four in a row since consecutive losses to Bluefield and potent Floyd County.
Next up: Summers County (5-3), Mount View (5-2); Sleeper: Pipestem Christian (10-1):
1. Princeton (7-1): McKenzie Akers was honored on Wednesday night for breaking the Tigerettes’ scoring record held by Tina Six. Marissa Mullins and Hannah Preservati are also key cogs for Class AAA No. 3 Princeton.
2. Summers County (8-1): The Bobcats are two years removed from its dominance on the hardwood, but don’t overlook them. Fourth-ranked Summers County will meet Princeton in two weeks.
3. Richlands (8-1): Richlands lost for the first time on Tuesday, but the Lady Blues are a favorite to unseat Carroll County in the Southwest District. Junior Brittany Allen verbally committed to Division I Winthrop.
4. James Monroe (7-3): The Mavericks have lost two of three since winning five in a row, including a tournament at Narrows. James Monroe will play the Beavers next week.
5. Bluefield (7-4): Destiney Sims just might be the top freshman in the area. The Beavers’ seven wins have come by an average of 34.3 points per game. Bluefield is one of four local teams getting votes in the state poll.
Next up: Graham (6-5), Tazewell (6-6); Sleeper: Mount View (3-2):
How about the top local college teams?
1. Concord (8-3): One of just six of 15 WVIAC teams with winning league records.
2. Bluefield (6-8): Byron Carpenter recently scored the 1,500th point of his career. The Rams have lost three starters since the season began.
3. Bluefield State (0-11): The Big Blues are showing improvement, but it takes time to change a losing culture.
1. Bluefield (12-4): Who said the Lady Rams couldn’t compete in the Mid-South Conference?
2. Bluefield State (7-3): Perhaps the best sports story in the area.
3. Concord (4-9): It isn’t that easy to replace talent like Jolysa Brown.
How about the regional schools?
1. Virginia (11-3): The Cavaliers are 0-3 vs. Colonial Athletic Conference, 11-0 against everyone else.
2. Virginia Tech (9-5): Virginia Tech is 2-5 since starting 7-0.
3. West Virginia (7-6): Bob Huggins is still molding this team, but it won’t be easy in the Big 12.
4. Marshall (7-8): So much for the NCAA Tournament this season.
1. West Virginia (8-5): Mike Carey has practically begged West Virginia fans to attend their games.
2. Virginia (9-5): The Cavaliers are trying to return to the glory days of Debbie Ryan.
3. Virginia Tech (7-7): Virginia Tech has scored 45 or fewer points in four defeats this season.
4. Marshall (6-7): Reinforcements are on the way in the form of Princeton senior McKenzie Akers.
That is just one man’s opinion.
—Brian Woodson is the sports editor for the Daily Telegraph. He encourages feedback at email@example.com.