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November 4, 2011

Collectables Patterson

NBA Star Patterson Returns to West Virginia
RSN gives exclusive "6 in 6" interview.

RSN Sports Magazine

Exclusive interview with Patrick Patterson

Anyone can pull up some stats on the Houston Rockets star. RSN Sports gives you a quick peek into the person of one of West Virginia High School's most dominant post players ever.

"Six in Six"
6 questions in 6 minutes....

RSN: How long has it been since returning to West Virginia?

PP: Approximately two months but it seems longer than that. I really miss it when I'm away from Huntington.

RSN: Besides home, where and who do you like to visit and see when you return to town?

PP: Oh I always hook up with my friends and former teammates. Those guys are like family to me.

RSN: Do you use social medias to stay in contact with friends and family back home?

PP: Of course. I use it all. We tweet, Facebook and text on a regular basis. I keep myself in the loop in Huntington.

RSN: What do you think about doing the kind of fan signings as you're doing with Collectables, Etc. at the Huntington Mall this weekend?

PP: This is the first kind of organized autograph signing I have participated in. I really look forward to greeting and talking to the fans. Plus it's really great to do it in my hometown.

RSN: What's the strangest thing you've ever been asked to autograph?

PP: I had someone hand me a baby pacifier once to sign. Plus once I watched a female fan walk up and strip off her personals and hand me on the spot to autograph.

RSN: For the girls....Are you seeing anyone serious?

PP: No. I'm still looking for that someone special.

NBA and Houston Rockets star Patrick Patterson is set to return to his hometown of Huntington on Saturday, November 5th for a special autograph and picture session.

Patterson will appear at the Collectables Etc. Huntington Mall location from 2-4PM. Collectables Etc has a second location in Cross Lanes near Staples and has previously sponsored similar events that bring back local and state stars to meet the public.

Some background on Patterson from Wikipedia states:
Patrick Davell Patterson (born March 14, 1989 in Washington, D.C.[1]) is an NBA player with the Houston Rockets. He played collegiately for the University of Kentucky. He is a 6'9", 235-pound power forward who grew up in Huntington, West Virginia.[2] During his high school career, Patterson helped lead Huntington High School to three-straight state championships, the last one with help from O. J. Mayo, and was named a McDonald's All-American. Patterson realized his dream of becoming a NBA lottery pick by being selected at #14 overall in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets.

Collectables Etc. owner Chad Rogers stated that the Patterson appearance is special in that the former Huntington High and Kentucky Wildcat is one of a very few West Virginian's that have made it to the level of the NBA and currently active there. "Patrick seems as excited to be back in West Virginia as we are to have him," commented Rogers. "We have him back in his hometown mall. That's pretty special."

Rogers also commented that tickets for the event were selling at a brisk rate. Cost of a ticket to get personal items autographed and get a picture with Patterson are $20 each. "If the customer is purchasing and item to be signed from our stores, the tickets are included complimentary," stated Rogers.

The owner also pointed out, "Obviously we are promoting Collectables Etc with this but we are simply covering the cost of bringing in the star athletes and the promotions for the event. In the end, it provides a great opportunity for both the fans and the athletes themselves."

Huntington Prep player rated best in nation August 23, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON -- College coaches will be flocking to Huntington Prep Academy games to see the top-ranked Class of 2014 boys basketball prospect in the nation.

Andrew Wiggins of Canada will play for Huntington Prep this year as a sophomore The 6-foot-6, 185-pound Wiggins is ranked No. 1 in his class by Scout.com.

"It means a lot," said Wiggins in a Scout.com report. "I work hard, my coaches have taught me well, I have confidence in my game, and I like to think I am worthy of being No. 1."

Wiggins had a big summer on the AAU circuit playing for CIA Bounce.

He's an athletic wing player who is great in transition and does a terrific job of finding ways to score in the half court set, the report said.

At this point Wiggins has kept it pretty quiet in terms of his recruitment. His father, former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins, played at Florida State and the Seminoles have been involved since day one. Also showing interest have been North Carolina, Duke, USC and others.

Even though he knows he is a wanted man, the recruiting process isn't a great concern right now for Wiggins.

"I am not too sure who is calling," Wiggins said in the Scout.com report. " I don't really worry about a lot of the coaches calling and stuff. Honestly I am just focused on basketball and not paying too much attention to it."

For now what Wiggins is focused on is leading his Huntington Prep team to a national title.

"One of my goals is to win a national championship and I think it is possible," said Wiggins. "We have a great team and great coaches. That is my main focus this year."

Jerry West to promote autobiography in Charleston Anonymous Associated Press Mon Aug 15, 2011, 04:57 AM EDT

CHARLESTON (AP)  West Virginia University basketball legend Jerry West will talk about his autobiography at the West Virginia Book Festival just days after it is published.

West is scheduled to speak Oct. 22 at the Charleston Civic Center, the Charleston Gazette reported. His autobiography, West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life, co-authored by Jonathan Coleman, will be published by Little, Brown and Company on Oct. 19.

According to the publisher, West writes about personal hardships, including a lifelong struggle with depression.

West remains the leading scorer and rebounder in WVU basketball history. He also co-captained the 1960 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic basketball team, played 14 seasons for the Los Angeles Lakers and later served as the NBA team's coach and general manger. He's now a consultant for the Golden State Warriors.

August 10, 2011 Olympic gold medalist Barrett passes away By Dave Morrison Sports Editor The Register-Herald Wed Aug 10, 2011, 12:02 AM EDT

Mike Barrett, who rose to fame at West Virginia Tech and won an Olympic Gold Medal with the U.S. in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, passed away Tuesday after a battle with cancer.

Barrett, who lived in Nashville, was 67.

"It's not only a sad day for West Virginia Tech, but for the state as a whole," West Virginia University Tech coach Bob Williams said. "I know he was always concerned with what was going on at Tech. He was always willing to pitch in. He was real supportive of the program, and he obviously loved his alma mater."

"They don't make people like him," said his friend and fellow Richwood native Pat Hanna, a former Beckley Newspapers employee. "As great a basketball player as he was, he was a better person."

That is the general perception of the man who was nicknamed "Bird Man."

Barrett was born on Sept. 5, 1943, in Montgomery, where he would return and rise to glory under legendary coach Neil Baisi two decades later. Barrett helped lead the Golden Bears to back-to-back West Virginia Conference titles in 1964-65.

Following two seasons at Tech, Barrett joined the Navy and continued to play for several Navy-based teams.

He tried out for the U.S. Olympic team in 1968 and made the squad. That U.S. team was led by Spencer Haywood and Jo Jo White and went on to win the gold.

The U.S. beat Yugoslavia 65-15 in the Gold Medal game. Barrett had 10 points in a win over Brazil in the semifinals, and he had 12 in a preliminary round victory over Italy.

Barrett broke onto the basketball scene at Richwood High School.

In 1962, he was one of four seniors who led the team to an 18-3 record. They lost to Elkins in the regional final back in the days when only four teams advanced to state tournament play. He averaged 18 points per game that season.

Hanna said the former American Basketball Association star helped the 2009 undefeated football team get a chartered bus to take the squad to Man during its run to the Class A semifinals and also helped the basketball team get uniforms.

He donated his white Olympic uniform and gold medal to West Virginia Tech and his blue Olympic uniform to Richwood High School.

"He was an amazing person," Hanna said. "He never forgot where he came from, very humble, very gracious."

Barrett went on to play for the Washington Capitals, Virginia Squires and San Diego Conquistadors of the ABA from 1969-1973, He was an all-ABA Rookie League selection in 1970 and averaged 13.4 points per game over his ABA career.

Hanna recalled the story of Barrett losing his Olympic ring and it being returned to him nearly 20 years later by attorneys Sean O'Malie, who found the ring, and Bruce Deming, who located Barrett.

Williams said the competitive Barrett was also a great tennis player, traveling the country and playing in tournaments. Two years ago, he played in the Tech alumni game, and he was the first player to have his Tech jersey retired.

"Not only was he one of the greatest players in Tech history, he was one of Tech's greatest sons," Williams said. "I know he came to see us when we played at Western Kentucky a few years ago. And he would come out and see the football team. He just loved his alma mater."

Barrett and Jerry West are the only two West Virginia players to win a gold medal in basketball.

Related: Gallery: ValleyBall July 17, 2011 @ 11:25 PM

GRANT TRAYLOR

The Herald-Dispatch

SPRING VALLEY -- The action and the weather both heated up on the final day of the 25th annual ValleyBall 3-on-3 tournament.

In the 'A' division, it looked like a carbon copy of last year while the 'B' division title game offered something special for the Silver Anniversary champs.

Team Riggs worked its way back from the consolation bracket to take home the title by upending Yeager in a rematch of last year's championship.

While it was the second year in a row that the teams have met in the final, there is much more to the rivalry betwee nthe teams.

"We'll play pick-up ball with each other two or three times a week, so it always gets heated," Team Riggs member Andy Burns said. "Out here, we play a little harder and everyone complains a little bit more. It's a lot of fun though because they are great players."

Team Riggs has dominated the 'A' division in the last few years, taking the last four championships at the ValleyBall tournament.

This was the second-straight year that they've come from the loser's bracket to do so -- an aspect that Burns didn't necessarily mind.

"It's an advantage for us because I hate playing a game and then sitting for hours," Burns said. "If you're in that loser's bracket, you are continuously playing."

The legs certainly were not weary for Team Riggs late on Sunday as several clutch shots pushed the team to a 17-point halftime advantage in the winner-take-all contest.

Yeager cut the lead down to as little as 11 in the second half, but was never able to get any closer late in the game.

While Team Riggs celebrated its fourth-straight title, the 'B' division crowned a new champion as Henske also came from the loser's bracket to down championship fixture Tolsia Boys in two straight contests.

For Henske team captain Jason Hensley, it was his first ValleyBall title in 15 years of playing the tournament.

"I've been playing since I was about 14 and this is the first one, so it feels great," Hensley said.

Tolsia Boys had a definite size advantage on the interior, but Henske trumped that with the perimeter shooting of Anthony Skeens and Hensley.

Each time the Tolsia Boys made a run, Henske was there to shut the door with quick hands on the defensive end of the court.

For Hensley and teammates, it was exactly as game-planned.

"We wanted it more and we just tried to play harder than they did," Hensley said. "I like the 25th anniversary deal, but truthfully, just getting one under my belt is awesome. I'm hoping to try to get a couple of these now."

As the tournament wrapped up, organizers made sure everyone knew that the second ValleyBall tournament would take place in 2012.

The tournament hopes to start its 26th year by getting even more than the 31 teams that signed up in 2011.

"We want this thing to continue growing," co-chair Joda Burgess said. "We want to make it as big as possible and as fun as possible for those that support us each year."

Fischer leads North in All-Star Classic June 16, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON -- Wake Forest recruit Chase Fischer, the West Virginia boys basketball player of the year, plays Friday in the North-South All-Star Basketball Classic in the South Charleston Community Center.

North and South squads of 13 players each are listed to play in the 7:30 p.m. game. Free throw shooting, 3-point shooting and slam dunk contests begin at 6 p.m.

Fischer, a 6-foot-4 guard from Ripley, led the state last season with a 37.0 scoring average and is on the North roster.

NCAA Division I recruits on the South side are 6-6 Kalif Wright of Oak Hill (Hampton), 6-3 Pierria Henry of South Charleston (Charlotte), 6-7 Tyquane Goard of George Washington (Ohio) and 6-3 Jason Cuffee of Poca (Wright State).

Henry has already gone to Charlotte and might not be available for the all-stars.

The South already lost one all-state player when Paul Herbert Williamson from Logan dropped out.

Williamson, an invited walk-on at West Virginia University, is attending summer school classes in Morgantown.

June 17, 2011

South players looking for a win

By Dave Morrison Sports Editor The Register-Herald Fri Jun 17, 2011, 12:25 AM EDT

BECKLEY  Oak Hill's Kalif Wright and Deandre Leonard will get one last chance to suit up together Friday night when they play for the South in the annual North-South All-Star Basketball Classic at the South Charleston Community Center.

With the amount of talent on the South squad, it's hard to say if they'll be on the court together.

"I hope so," Leonard said. "Me and Kalif had a great career together. We won a lot of games, we got two championships. It would be nice to be out there and see him out there, too. But we just want to win this game."

Wright agreed.

"We still play some pickup, but it's the last time we'll be playing together in a game that counts. We want to go out as winners."

Other local players joining Wright and Leonard are Woodrow Wilson's Philip Grant, Wyoming East's Chase Morgan, Greenbrier East's Hayden Roberts and PikeView's Tommy Symns.

Grant, 6-foot-4, was one of Woodrow Wilson's leading scorers (13 ppg) and a player who played above the rim.

"Coming into this game as the only Flying Eagle on the roster, I know I have to represent the Beckley program," Grant said. "At the same time, I have to play my role. I'm not coming in trying to score 30 points, or have 25 assists. I just want to do what I can to help us win this game.

"Coming in from the South, against a stacked North team, we have to show them that the South is the real deal, and we came to play."

Grant said he will either attend West Virginia State and sit out a year or possibly join a junior college team.

"I'm weighing all my options," said.

Morgan, a mainstay at guard for East, said the game can't make up for the Warriors not making the state tournament this year.

"But you just have to put your front foot forward and move on," said the 5-11 Bluefield State signee, who averaged 14.8 ppg for East. "It's an honor just to be one of the select few to be picked for this game."

Wright was still smarting from what he said was a less-than-acceptable performance in the Scott Brown Classic All-Star game  a game in which many of these same players competed in a Class AAA vs. Class AA-A format  in April at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

He had 18 to lead the AA but just four at the half.

"I didn't play well, and I didn't take it as seriously as I should have," the Class AA first-team captain and runner-up for state player of the year, said. "This is my last official high school game, and I want to show that I can play with these guys at the top level. We want the win. I goofed around too much before this game, and this time, I'm coming to play."

Wright, who averaged 24.6 ppg last year, said he got a personal note from Craig Ponder, the former Bluefield star who was a member of the South squad last season.

"I'm trying to help the South get the bragging rights," Wright said. "Craig Ponder told me I can't let them down. I have to come out and play hard."

Wright, who has an offer from Division I Hampton, said he is still weighing his options.

That includes a variety of prep schools, Marshall and assorted Division II schools.

Leonard will be attendig Hagerstown, a junior college in Maryland.

For the South, it's also a chance to face Ripley scoring machine Chase Fischer, who averaged 37 points a game. The Wake Forest recruit is the reigning state player of the year.

"Everybody is looking forward to that," Morgan said. "He is a tremendous basketball player, a tremendous shooter. You give him 2 inches, and he'll knock a shot down. I think it's a good gauge to test your own game against him."

"It's gonna be fun; he's pretty much a superstar," Grant said. "You just have to go at him and keep coming at him. No doubt, he's good."

Other starters on the South include Jason Cuffee of Poca, Tyquane Goard of George Washington, Justin Harmon of Scott, John Paul Tupta of Charleston Catholic, Austin Vance of Tug Valley and David Ward of Scott.

CLASS AAA BOYS STATE TOURNAMENT SET

Wednesday

11:15 AM #2 Morgantown vs #7 Logan

7:15 PM #1 Wheeling Park vs #8 Robert C. Byrd

Thursday

11:15 AM #4 Woodrow Wilson vs #5 Hedgesville

7:15 PM #3 George Washington vs #6 South Charleston

July 19, 2010 @ 12:15 AM

GRANT TRAYLOR

After six games, team earns third-straight 'A' Division title

SPRING VALLEY -- After playing five games already on Sunday, Team Riggs wondered how they were going to pull through for a sixth game in a winner-take-all championship against the Monstars.

About that time, Jamie Riggs -- the team's namesake who was unable to play this year -- walked in from his family vacation.

Andy Burns said it was all the motivation he needed.

"After the first five, I was hoping he could come in and play, so we could watch him win it," Burns said. "Definitely though, seeing him come out to watch us gave me a little more motivation that last game."

Burns scored 35 points and continuously hit 3-point daggers when Monstars would make a run to help put the game away.

It was the third-straight 'A' Division championship for Team Riggs' Joe Suttles and second-straight for Jeremy Adkins, who previously teamed with Burns at Spring Valley. In each of the last two years, Team Riggs has come from the loser's bracket to earn the title.

"We aren't very smart," said Adkins, who ironically plays basketball at Washington & Lee University, a prestigious academic school in Virginia. "We didn't learn anything from last year, but it's an experience."

Also on Team Riggs for 2010 was former Marshall wide receiver Josh Davis, who is back in town finishing up grad school.

It was only nine years ago that Davis capped one of the most dramatic games in Marshall football history by catching an 8-yard touchdown pass from Byron Leftwich to give Marshall a 64-61 overtime win over East Carolina in the 2001 GMAC Bowl.

On Sunday, Davis fought cramps in both championship games to help his team avenge its only loss, which came to the Monstars in the first game on Saturday.

"To me, it felt like the GMAC because we lost to them early in that first game," Davis said. "We came back and our whole team didn't quit. We were able to pull it out by leaning on each other."

While Team Riggs was celebrating its third-straight title, Ashland P & O lost to Skinny Sweaty in the first championship game, but rebounded with a win in the winner-take-all championship to earn the 'B' Division crown.

For Shawn Kirk, it was his seventh Valleyball tournament, but first championship.

"This is awesome. I've been to the semis a couple times but never got a championship," Kirk said. "If there is a tournament, I'll play in it, but this is my favorite tournament every year."

He said there was one major factor on his side this time around.

"I'm getting a little older, so I've got to get these young guys to do all the work," Kirk said.

Tournament co-organizer J.B. Blankenship said that youth was certainly served during the 2010 Valleyball.

Team Riggs was led by Adkins and Burns, who are 20 and 19, respectively. Kirk's Ashland P & O team featured several players under the age of 20 as well.

Blankenship said youth is the future of the tournament, so for the 2011 Valleyball -- the official 25th anniversary after one year was skipped in the early 90s -- he wants to emphasize a youth division.

If he can get accomplished, hopefully the Valleyball will stick around another 25 years.

"We need it bad. One good thing about opening this up as a 'Bring your best' is that we are attracting teams from all over, but we have to get a good successful youth division going again," Blankenship said. "It has been a struggle with all-star baseball, but we need to try and get it rejuvenated a little bit."

June 15, 2010 @ 12:00 AM

GRANT TRAYLOR

The Herald-Dispatch

ONA -- To say former Cabell Midland High School multi-sport standout Matt Walker has enjoyed life since graduation would be a bit of an understatement.

So far, his schedule has gone like this -- all-star game, beach, all-star game.

"It's just all been a blast," Walker said. "It's a good way to start out the summer."

Walker first competed June 6 in the North-South All-Star Baseball Classic at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston before going to Myrtle Beach on a senior trip. Following fun in the sun at the beach, Walker is ready to head back indoors for the North-South All-Star Basketball Classic on Friday at the South Charleston Community Center.

He is one of two Cabell Midland athletes participating in a pair of games in the North-South All-Star series, joining Michael Brumfield, who will compete in the basketball and football games.

Walker said the duo discussed the privilege while at the beach last week.

"To be nominated to play in two different sports is an honor to our abilities -- especially in a large school like ours," Walker said. "It makes this entire two weeks a lot of fun."

Not only did Walker have success on the field, he he also excelled in the classroom, earning Very High Honors in Cabell Midland's graduating class.

While he has excelled at juggling sports and academics, he is not exactly sure what his next move will be.

He has been accepted to West Virginia University where he plans to enter the pharmaceutical program if he goes. Having already been accepted to West Virginia, the word was that Walker was not necessarily interested in playing sports at the next level.

Walker, however, said that is definitely not the case.

"I love sports so a lot depends on what offers come," Walker said. "I still think about (my future) every day and nothing has changed. I've already been accepted to WVU so that is already there, but I've still got thoughts in the back of my mind of still playing."

Friday officially closes the book on the high school career for Walker, who finished with 15 points and four assists per game for the Knights last season.

With his future plans unknown, the sharpshooter wants to go out with a bang Friday by competing in the 3-point shootout and helping the South to a win.

Players report at noon Thursday before taking part in team meetings and a practice prior to going as a group to the West Virginia Power baseball game. On Friday, there will be an early morning practice before rest as the players prepare for the 7 p.m. festivities at the South Charleston Community

Landon: Ripley's Fischer coming to beat WVU March 20, 2010 @ 12:00 AM

CHUCK LANDON

The Herald-Dispatch

Chase Fischer isn't playing for a Class AAA state championship today.

In fact, the Ripley High School star didn't even get to compete in the West Virginia boys high school basketball state tournament that ends Saturday at the Charleston Civic Center.

But was he still shootin' hoops this week?

You'd better believe it.

There isn't a day that goes by that Fischer doesn't work on his game.

That's why the still-growing, still-improving Fischer already is a Marshall prospect.

His work ethic is off the charts.

"I'm on a big-time weight program," said Fischer, a 6-foot-3, 179-pound guard who recently completed his junior season. "My dad got me and my brother (Noah, a freshman walk-on member of Marshall's basketball team) on it before he left for college.

"I've stayed on it and I've put on about 15 pounds since last year. I weigh 178 or 179 pounds now. I'm wiry strong. I'm not a physical presence, but I'm wiry strong."

The truth of the matter is Fischer possesses a surprisingly strong physique for a teenager that just turned 17 years old in February.

"I've got a couple more years of growing," he said. "I've got to get a lot stronger before I step on Marshall's court. I'm a young 11th-grader."

All that is true. Yet, Fischer's play this season showed why Marshall coach Donnie Jones offered him a scholarship as a mere ninth-grader.

Fischer averaged 32.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.0 steals per game. He shot 47 percent from the floor (257-for-547), including 36 percent from 3-point range (84-for-236), and was an 81 percent foul shooter (173-for-214).

He obviously is a shooter.

"Definitely," said Fischer enthusiastically. "That's what I bring to the table. I'm a shooter. That's what I do."

The stat that jumps off the page is his 3-pointers. A total of 84 treys for a kid that just turned 17 is stunning. Most players that young don't possess that sort of range.

But, again, it goes back to Fischer's uncommon work ethic.

"My dad put me in a bucket when I was 5 years old to get my form right," he explained.

Wait a minute. A bucket?

"Yeah, a bucket," he said with a grin. "It gets your strength up. No legs. Just use your arms. You put both feet in a bucket. No jumping. Just bending your knees.

"That's how I got my range when I was young. And I just kept improving it."

Did he ever.

In fact, Fischer has honed his game to the level where he was ranked the No. 2 player in Bob Gibbons' prestigious underclassmen camp in Greensboro, N.C., last fall.

And that led to an interesting dialogue between Gibbons and young master Fischer.

It seems Gibbons noticed Fischer wearing a Marshall T-shirt and inquired why.

"I told him, 'That's my school'," said Fischer with a grin. "Everywhere I go that's what I do. I wear a Marshall shirt, a Marshall hat. ... something. Everywhere I go I represent Marshall."

Then, Gibbons asked why Fischer wasn't going to the "state school," obviously referring to West Virginia University.

"Ah, no," said Fischer. "WVU? I hate WVU. I can't stand WVU. I'm looking forward to beating them and shutting all these people up and the stuff they're telling me."

That clinches it.

Marshall fans are going to love this kid.

Chuck Landon is a sports columnist for The Herald-Dispatch. Call him at 304-526-2827. E-mail him at clandon@herald-dispatch.com.

March 21, 2010 West Virginia high school basketball's all-time scoring leaders West Virginia career scoring leaders West Virginia

career scoring leaders

2,965-Josh Delawder, Paw Paw, 1997-2000

2,660-Paul Popovich, Flemington, 1955-58

2,619-Rod Thorn, Princeton, 1956-59

2,504-Bill Maphis, Romney, 1957-60

2,498-Herbie Brooks, Mullens, 1981-84

2,354-Don Jones, Sherrard, 1956-59

2,324-Greg Davis, Tug Valley, 1997-2000

2,269-Mike Carson, Sistersville, 1966-69

2,247-Kevin Wells, Ceredo-Kenova, 1987-90

2,203-Ron Williams, Weir, 1961-64

2,199-Brett Nelson, St Albans, 1997-99

2,128-Mick Cooper, Harman, 1961-64

2,128-Scott Shillingburg, Harman, 1997-2000

2,117-Lou Mott, Pine Grove, 1953-56

2,116-Tim Dagostine, Poca, 1982-85

2,024-Ted Talkington, Magnolia, 2001-2004

2,024-Cody Jarrett, Sissonville, 2002-2005

2,003-Alan Miller, Gilbert, 2001-2004

1,997-Earl Jones, Mount Hope, 1977-79

1,996-David Bosley, Paden City, 1990-93

1,995-Mark Catlett, Hedgesville, 1967-70

1,978-Noah Cottrill, Poca/Logan, 2007-2010

1,978-Marcus Davis, Calhoun County, 2001-2004

1,976-Brett Vincent, Lincoln-South Harrison, 1983-86

1,957-Bryan Woolsey, Pineville, 1988-91

1,956-Rod Hundley, Charleston, 1951-53

1,941-Bob Hummell, Moundsville, 1963-66

1,920-Larry Carr, Charles Town, 1968-70

1,920-Ben Shrader, Mercer Christian, 2002-2004

NOTE: Delawder, Davis, Wells, Nelson, Shillingburg, Talkington, Miller, Bosley and Shrader played in era of 3-point field goals; Nelson, Earl Jones, Hundley and Carr played just three varsity seasons; Cottrill scored 836 points at non-SSAC Mountain State in 09 and his totals from that season are not included.

Prep Sports Monday January 18, 2010 Cottrill finds way to improve his game High school basketball notebook by Derek Taylor Daily Mail sports writer

LOGAN, W.Va. -- It is not likely Noah Cottrill will be playing on the low block for West Virginia next year.

In Logan's

78-63 win over third-ranked Wheeling Park on Friday night, however, Cottrill took the opportunity of playing in the Wildcats' frontcourt to work on an element of his overall game.

"I'm getting pretty strong in my upper body and lower body, and that's what I worked on this year," said Cottrill, who had 38 points in the second-ranked Wildcats' win over the Patriots. "Catching it on the block and being able to get away from the basket, get up in the air, turn around and take the side out-of-bounds pass to the corner.

"We used that effectively tonight because they were playing man-to-man and most of the time I had a littler guy on me. It was just working."

The win ended an emotional three-game stretch last week when Logan also edged rival Chapmanville and topped Winfield in Cottrill's first visit to the Generals' gym since leaving Poca two seasons ago. He said while it was a rough week - several Logan players were suspended for two games after a tussle against Chapmanville last Tuesday - the series of games merely served as a primer for what was to come.

"Wait 'til you see next week," Cottrill said. "Have you seen who we play? Tuesday Wyoming East, Thursday Pinewood Prep (S.C.), Friday Princeton Day Academy (Md.), who beat Mountain State (Academy) by 20. Saturday City College (High) out of Baltimore, Maryland. They've got five Division 1 players with a 6-8 guy going to Syracuse and a shooting guard going to Maryland. That's next week's games. We're going to get it going."

The move to Logan - his third high school program in as many years - has agreed with Cottrill. His scoring has increased since his sole season at Mountain State, his foot speed has increased and his defensive skills showed themselves more against Park than in the past.

And yes, he can still shoot the lights out.

"No, seriously, I don't know," Cottrill said when asked if he remembered the last time he scored fewer than 10 points in a game. "I know it wasn't last year at Mountain State. I don't think as a sophomore at Poca. Maybe freshman year."

For the record, the only game in his high school career in which the 6-foot-3 guard failed to score 10 points was when he was held to nine by Grafton on Dec. 22, 2006, when Poca lost to the hosts 53-46 in the championship of Grafton's annual Clair Bee Holiday Tournament.

It was Cottrill's fourth game as a freshman.

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CAPITAL COACH Carl Clark must face the rigors of a Mountain State Athletic Conference schedule like most area Class AAA teams, but he and the Cougars (6-1) do so with an unusual - and handy - weapon.

Through eight games, fifth-ranked Capital has had 10 different players score in double figures in single games.

Senior power forward Tommy Gwinn is the only Capital player to average 10 or more per game, but the Cougars have also received substantial scoring performances from Mark Hale (a season high of 14 points), Dominique Ferrante (16), George Burkes (13), Sam Jones (12), James Morris (11), Myles Duiguid (11), Jeff Harris (10), Ethan Smolder (10) and Jamie Tompkins (19).

Gwinn has hit his season high of 18 points twice this season, against Jan. 13 and in Capital's win over top-ranked South Charleston (7-1) on Friday night. The Cougars return to action Tuesday at Hurricane.

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GEORGE WASHINGTON can attribute much of its success in the first half of the season on its ability to get to the foul line and, when there, converting on its chances.

The Patriots (8-0) have gone to the line a Kanawha Valley-leading 173 times, an average of 21.6 free throws per game. Winfield owns the best team free-throw percentage in the area (.714 through Friday night as opposed to GW's .665 average) but has shot more than 50 fewer times than GW.

The Patriots, ranked No. 4 in the Class AAA poll, have two players - seniors De'quon Miller (.714) and Will Lorensen (.708) - among the top six free-throw shooters in the area. Sophomore guard Santino DiTrapano has converted on 10-of-12 attempts, but has not shot enough from the line to qualify for the leaders' list.

Prep Sports

Charleston Daily Mail

Thursday January 7, 2010

Top basketball players, progams, coaches of the decade

Boys

L.B. Booker, Capital

Noah Cottrill, Poca-Mountain State Academy-Logan

Greg Davis, Tug Valley

Ryan Dawson, Parkersburg South

Aaron Dobson, South Charleston

Bryant Irwin, Bridgeport

Shane Maynard, Beckley

O.J. Mayo, Huntington

Josh "Cookie" Miller, Capital

Patrick O'Malley, G. Washington

Patrick Patterson, Huntington

Mark Patton, Cabell Midland

Kevin Pittsnogle, Martinsburg

Ted Talkington, Magnolia

Rusty Wooten,

Parkersburg Catholic

Player of the Decade

O.J. Mayo, Huntington

Programs of the Decade

South Charleston (AAA)

Wyoming East (AA)

Wheeling Central (A)

Coach of the Decade

Mel Stephens, Wheeling Central

Class AAA All-State Team announced.

April 4, 2009 Captain Dobson SC standout heads AAA boys all-state team South Charleston senior Aaron Dobson stood on the sidelines of Marshall's spring football practice Tuesday in Huntington, watching and waiting for the next cycle of his athletic career to begin. By Derek Taylor South Charleston senior Aaron Dobson stood on the sidelines of Marshall's spring football practice Tuesday in Huntington, 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, averaging 21.9 points, 10 rebounds and four steals for the Black Eagles. South Charleston lost for the third consecutive season in the Class AAA championship game, this year to Martinsburg.

Chip Ellis Aaron Dobson averaged 21.9 points and 10 rebounds for SC. Named the state's player of the year prior to the State Tournament, Dobson today 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's a perfect fit for what you want in a captain. He's one of those guys who bleeds orange & black.

"He's not a big 'rah-rah' guy on the court, he just goes out and does it, but off the court he's really 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 had 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, 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. The 6-2 Thornton averaged 18.4 points and joined Dobson and Adkins as a repeat first-team selection.

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.

Joining Thornton on the first team was GW's Smith, who finished third in the state player of the year balloting, andscored 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 GW 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.

South Charleston senior Aaron Dobson stood on the sidelines of Marshall's spring football practice Tuesday in Huntington, 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, averaging 21.9 points, 10 rebounds and four steals 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 today 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's a perfect fit for what you want in a captain. He's one of those guys who bleeds orange & black.

"He's not a big 'rah-rah' guy on the court, he just goes out and does it, but off the court he's really 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 had 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, 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. The 6-2 Thornton averaged 18.4 points and joined Dobson and Adkins as a repeat first-team selection.

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.

Joining Thornton on the first team was GW's Smith, who finished third in the state player of the year balloting, andscored 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 GW 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, 4.o 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 and was the team's leading rebounder at seven per game.

Spring Valley's 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 Perry 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 all-state team

CLARKSBURG - 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.

Perry 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 ONeal, 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.

AA All-State Announced: Wyoming East's Shrewsbury is first-team AA all-state captain

Class AA all-state boys basketball list

CLARKSBURG - The boys Class AA all-state basketball team released by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association:

First team

Gentry Shrewsbury, Wyoming East, (capt.), 6-4, senior, 21 points per game

Evan Muscari, Wyoming East, 5-10, junior, 8 ppg

Eric Bailey, Westside, 6-3, senior, 23 ppg

Bruce Patterson, Ravenswood, 6-4, senior, 14.6 ppg

R.J. Johnson, Philip Barbour, 5-9, junior, 15.3 ppg

Caleb Kellar, Sissonville, 6-6, junior, 20.5 ppg

Jack Flournoy, Oak Hill, 6-6, freshman, 15.4 ppg

Chris Lawson, Oak Hill, 6-0, senior, 13.4 ppg

Second team

Jared Blatt, Magnolia, (capt.), 6-5, junior, 18 ppg

Luke Murray, Ravenswood, 6-0, junior, 14.2 ppg

Kyle Snyder, Sissonville, 6-1, senior, 17 ppg

Jason Cuffee, Poca, 6-2, sophomore, 17.6 ppg

Neil Dillon, Wayne, 6-1, senior, 19 ppg

Channing Preece, Tug Valley, 5-10, junior, 18.2 ppg

Kalif Wright, Oak Hill, 6-5, sophomore, 17 ppg

Jacob Rollo, Sherman, 6-4, junior, 15.1 ppg

Third team

Preston Hartman, Keyser, (capt.), 6-2, senior, 15.6 ppg

Shawn Burns, Weir, 5-7, junior, 14.2 ppg.

Steven McComas, Scott, 5-9, senior, 17.1 ppg.

Damon Waters, Grafton, 5-9, senior, 17 ppg.

Craig Ponder, Bluefield, 6-0, junior, 20.5 ppg.

Timmy Miller, Webster County, 6-0, senior, 16.2 ppg.

Tommy Symns, PikeView, 6-0, sophomore, 14 ppg.

Alex Webb, Wyoming East, 6-4, sophomore, 11 ppg.

Honorable mention

Jordan Simon, Philip Barbour
Jewel Short, Philip Barbour
Dale Martin, Lincoln
Josh Harlow, Lincoln
Jared Nelson, Liberty Harrison
David Wamsley, Liberty Harrison
Shea Davis, Liberty Harrison
Seth Elsey, Grafton
Trey Chapman, Braxton County
Skyler McCoy, Webster County
L.J. Campbell, Weir
Nathan Brackenridge, Greenbrier West
Colton Ratcliff, Independence
Anthony Stump, Independence
Erik Davis, Shady Spring
Jon Long, Shady Spring
Clay Owings, Oak Glen
L.J. Campbell, Weir
Taylor Collett, Weir
Zach Perkey, Tyler Consolidated
Matt Sapp, Magnolia
Andrew Robinson, Magnolia
Jon Rine, Magnolia
Brian Sigman, Poca
Justin Maloskey, Sherman
Tyler Deal, Point Pleasant
B.J. Lloyd, Point Pleasant
Carl Shaffer, Scott.

Brian Shaffer, Herbert Hoover
Alex Cole, Ravenswood
Ryan Benson, Ravenswood
Rhett Atkinson, Roane County
Anthony Fuller, Wyoming East
Deandre Leonard, Oak Hill
Ryan Nahodil, Summers County
Cameron Mann, Summers County
Zack Helmondollar, Westside
Chase Perry, Wayne
Derrick Robertson, Tolsia
Austin Richardson, Tolsia
Todd Terry, Chapmanville
Michael Evans, Tug Valley
Austin Vance, Tug Valley
Brian Belcher, James Monroe
Jeremy Green, Keyser

April 2, 2009

BECKLEY - Wyoming East, Oak Hill and Ravenswood spent a majority of the season in the Class AA top three. By The Associated Press

Not surprisingly, those three were among the final four in the Class AA state tournament.

Even less surprising, given that success, five members of the Class AA first-team all-state squad is composed of players from those three teams.

Wyoming East's Gentry Shrewsbury, who finished fifth in voting for state player of the year, is the captain of the team and is joined by teammate Evan Muscari, a junior point guard.

State champion Ravenswood is represented by senior Bruce Patterson, and Oak Hill placed senior Chris Lawson and freshman Jack Flournoy.

Westside's Eric Bailey, Philip Barbour's R.J. Johnson and Sissonville's Caleb Keller round out the first team.

Shrewsbury, a 6-foot-4 senior, averaged 20.3 points and nine rebounds for Wyoming East, which spent most of the year at No. 1 and won 17 straight games before falling to Ravenswood in the state championship game.

"He worked hard,'' said Wyoming East coach Jesse Lester. "That was the thing that stands out. He scored over 1,000 points in his career and he worked hard for every point. He was just a hard matchup inside. He wasn't the biggest guy inside at 6-4, but he played bigger than that because he has a high basketball IQ.''

Shrewsbury was twice named to the Class AA all-tournament team and helped his class to an overall record of 77-6, which included state championships his sophomore and junior years.

Muscari wasn't a scorer for the Warriors, but he did get the ball in the right hands at the right time.

"Evan was our coach on the floor,'' Lester said of the three-year starter. "He went through a shooting slump, but he never let that affect his floor game. He made the right decision almost all of the time. Against Oak Hill [at the Coal Classic in January], he had 10 assists and one turnover and it was as close to a flawless performance from a point guard that I've seen.''

Muscari averaged 8.1 points and 7.6 assists.

BECKLEY - Wyoming East, Oak Hill and Ravenswood spent a majority of the season in the Class AA top three.

Not surprisingly, those three were among the final four in the Class AA state tournament.

Even less surprising, given that success, five members of the Class AA first-team all-state squad is composed of players from those three teams.

Wyoming East's Gentry Shrewsbury, who finished fifth in voting for state player of the year, is the captain of the team and is joined by teammate Evan Muscari, a junior point guard.

State champion Ravenswood is represented by senior Bruce Patterson, and Oak Hill placed senior Chris Lawson and freshman Jack Flournoy.

Westside's Eric Bailey, Philip Barbour's R.J. Johnson and Sissonville's Caleb Keller round out the first team.

Shrewsbury, a 6-foot-4 senior, averaged 20.3 points and nine rebounds for Wyoming East, which spent most of the year at No. 1 and won 17 straight games before falling to Ravenswood in the state championship game.

"He worked hard,'' said Wyoming East coach Jesse Lester. "That was the thing that stands out. He scored over 1,000 points in his career and he worked hard for every point. He was just a hard matchup inside. He wasn't the biggest guy inside at 6-4, but he played bigger than that because he has a high basketball IQ.''

Shrewsbury was twice named to the Class AA all-tournament team and helped his class to an overall record of 77-6, which included state championships his sophomore and junior years.

Muscari wasn't a scorer for the Warriors, but he did get the ball in the right hands at the right time.

"Evan was our coach on the floor,'' Lester said of the three-year starter. "He went through a shooting slump, but he never let that affect his floor game. He made the right decision almost all of the time. Against Oak Hill [at the Coal Classic in January], he had 10 assists and one turnover and it was as close to a flawless performance from a point guard that I've seen.''

Muscari averaged 8.1 points and 7.6 assists.

Ravenswood's Patterson, a 6-4 senior, was the leading scorer on a group that personified the word "team," averaging 14.6 points and just over eight rebounds.

"He had to step into a leadership role this year because we lost so much [from the previous year's team],'' Ravenswood coach Mick Price said. "He did a great job with that. Late in the season, in games against teams like Magnolia, Oak Hill and Wyoming East, it seemed like he hit a lot of big shots. And he always played defense on the top scorers. Even though he was just 6-4 and gave away some height, he did a great job.''

Lawson, a 6-0 senior, finished his career with 1,417 points, fourth all-time at Oak Hill, which in the past had three state players of the year.

"Anybody who knows the history of our school's basketball program knows that's quite an accomplishment,'' Oak Hill coach Fred Ferri said. "Chris was the biggest 6-footer in the state.''

Lawson also excelled in the lost art of the mid-range jumper.

"He scored most of his points off [mid-range jumpers],'' Ferri said. "He's strong enough to get that shot off. He was a hard-nosed player and I know a lot of coaches admired the way Chris played the game.''

Though Flournoy didn't lead the team in many areas, the 6-6 freshman did average 15 points, 9.3 rebounds and close to 3.5 assists.

"He does a lot of things, he has a well-rounded game,'' Ferri said of Flournoy, son of the late John Flournoy, who coached at Mount Hope, Midland Trail and Princeton and was going to be an assistant at Oak Hill when he died in November, 2007. "Growing up with a coach as a father, as Jack did, you can see the way he learned the game by the way he does so many things the right way.''

Westside's Bailey (21 points, 10 rebounds per game) gives Class AA Region 3, Section 2 five players on the all-state team.

"He is the last of a dying breed, a true gym rat,'' Westside coach Nick Cook said. "If the gym was open, he was in it. You have to remember that he put up those numbers even though every team we played knew he was going to get the ball. He did that being double-teamed and sometimes even triple-teamed. That is a credit to all the work he put in.''

Philip Barbour's Johnson averaged 15.3 points and Sissonville's Keller 20.5.

The second team includes Sissonville's Kyle Snyder and Poca's Jason Cuffee. For the complete list, see Page 2B.

Ravenswood's Patterson, a 6-4 senior, was the leading scorer on a group that personified the word "team," averaging 14.6 points and just over eight rebounds.

"He had to step into a leadership role this year because we lost so much [from the previous year's team],'' Ravenswood coach Mick Price said. "He did a great job with that. Late in the season, in games against teams like Magnolia, Oak Hill and Wyoming East, it seemed like he hit a lot of big shots. And he always played defense on the top scorers. Even though he was just 6-4 and gave away some height, he did a great job.''

Lawson, a 6-0 senior, finished his career with 1,417 points, fourth all-time at Oak Hill, which in the past had three state players of the year.

"Anybody who knows the history of our school's basketball program knows that's quite an accomplishment,'' Oak Hill coach Fred Ferri said. "Chris was the biggest 6-footer in the state.''

Lawson also excelled in the lost art of the mid-range jumper.

"He scored most of his points off [mid-range jumpers],'' Ferri said. "He's strong enough to get that shot off. He was a hard-nosed player and I know a lot of coaches admired the way Chris played the game.''

Though Flournoy didn't lead the team in many areas, the 6-6 freshman did average 15 points, 9.3 rebounds and close to 3.5 assists.

"He does a lot of things, he has a well-rounded game,'' Ferri said of Flournoy, son of the late John Flournoy, who coached at Mount Hope, Midland Trail and Princeton and was going to be an assistant at Oak Hill when he died in November, 2007. "Growing up with a coach as a father, as Jack did, you can see the way he learned the game by the way he does so many things the right way.''

Westside's Bailey (21 points, 10 rebounds per game) gives Class AA Region 3, Section 2 five players on the all-state team.

"He is the last of a dying breed, a true gym rat,'' Westside coach Nick Cook said. "If the gym was open, he was in it. You have to remember that he put up those numbers even though every team we played knew he was going to get the ball. He did that being double-teamed and sometimes even triple-teamed. That is a credit to all the work he put in.''

Philip Barbour's Johnson averaged 15.3 points and Sissonville's Keller 20.5.

The second team includes Sissonville's Kyle Snyder and Poca's Jason Cuffee. For the complete list, see Page 2B.

Red Devils bring home second Class AA state title

By Mark Martin The Jackson Herald Sat Mar 21, 2009, 05:32 PM EDT

Ravenswood, W.Va. -
Where there's a will, there's a way. Ravenswood's Red Devils had the will and found the way not once, not twice, but three times last week on the basketball court of the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum.

And by late Saturday afternoon, there they were posing with the Class AA state championship trophy following a title game win over Wyoming East, 62-52. The Warriors had won the last two state titles, including a 52-50 thriller over the Red Devils nearly one year earlier.

"I could not be more proud of my kids," said Red Devil head coach Mick Price following the win over Wyoming East. "I mean they played so hard, and they have played so hard (all season). This has been a great tournament run."

After earning their way to the Civic Center Coliseum by defeating Roane County and Point Pleasant in sectional play and a regional victory over Magnolia, the Devils simply weren't going to be denied.

It wasn't easy, but winning a championship never is. Ravenswood opened with a narrow 45-43 win over a pesky Webster County bunch on Thursday morning in what was the first of six games to be played that day at the CCC.

Next up was a regular season rematch with Oak Hill in the semifinals late Friday morning. Ravenswood's Red Devils outlasted Oak Hill's highly-talented Red Devils in overtime, 40-38, in one of the most exciting of the tournament's 21 games.

Ravenswood's win coupled with Wyoming East's cruise control victory over Tug Valley later in the day set up not only a rematch of last year's state championship game, but also one from earlier in the season in which the Warriors had also won (64-57).

Trailing by one, 29-28, at halftime, Ravenswood put together a nice third quarter to go up by nine heading into the fourth. Despite a few dicey moments, the Devils garnered an impressive 10-point victory.

"It means a lot," said junior Ryan Benson, an all-tournament selection, following the win over Wyoming East. "This is what I've been dreaming about since I was a little kid; this means everything."

For senior Alex Cole it was his third state championship game overall and second experience in winning a title. "It means so much to me; it's kind of hard to put into words," said the well-spoken Cole, who was a freshman on the state championship team of 2006 and a starter on the state runner-up squad in 2008. "I feel lucky to be a part of three state championships (game

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