Lady Cats break into Class AAA top 10
by Paul Adkins
After upsetting No. 3-ranked Morgantown, 64-61, last Friday night at home, Logan High School girls’ basketball coach Kevin Gertz lobbied for his team to be ranked in the top 10 when the next polls came out.
His efforts worked.
At least in the coaches’ poll.
Logan (5-2) broke into the Class AAA top 10 at the No. 10 spot in this week’s poll, which was released on Monday.
Last week’s victim, Morgantown (7-3), dropped from third to fifth.
Greenbrier East (8-0) is first, followed by University (8-1), John Marshall (9-2), Princeton (6-1) and Morgantown. Huntington (7-3) is sixth, George Washington (5-2) seventh, Wheeling Park (5-3) eighth and Spring Valley (7-2) ninth.
Logan also has a win this season over ranked team Huntington when the Lady Cats won 56-55 on the road.
However, in the state media’s Associated Press Class AAA poll this week, Logan was unable to crack the top 10 as the Lady Cats were 11th with 12 votes.
Greenbrier East is also first in the Class AAA AP poll. University is second, Morgantown and Princeton are tied for third and John Marshall is fifth. Huntington is No. 6 and is followed by Spring Valley, George Washington, Wheeling Park and Parkersburg South.
On the boys’ side, Martinsburg (7-0) is No. 1 in the Class AAA AP poll. Hedgesville (9-0) is second, South Charleston (6-1) third, Greenbrier East (9-0) fourth, Morgantown (7-1) fifth and Princeton (7-1) sixth. Beckley Woodrow Wilson (4-2) and Preston (5-1) are tied for seventh, while George Washington (5-2) is ninth and Huntington (5-1), Washington (8-2) and Parkersburg South (7-2) are tied for 10th.
In the state Double-A AP poll, Cardinal Conference member Scott (8-0) is ranked No. 1 in the state. Bluefield (4-1) is second, Cardinal team Poca (7-1) is third, Robert C. Byrd (6-1) is fourth and Wyoming East (6-1) fifth. Webster County (5-1) and Roane County (7-2) are tied for sixth, while Cardinal Conference team Tolsia (4-5) is eighth, Fairmont (5-3) ninth and North Marion (5-2) 10th.
Mingo Central, another Cardinal team coached by former longtime Logan High School assistant Brad Napier, was in the “others receiving votes” category in 12th place. Herbert Hoover, yet another Cardinal school, also received votes.
In this week’s Single-A AP boys’ poll, Magnolia (6-0) was rated No. 1 in the state by the media. Charleston Catholic (5-1) was second and Tucker County (6-1) and Buffalo (8-0) were tied for third. Tug Valley (4-1) was fifth, Parkersburg Catholic (7-1) sixth, St. Marys (6-1) seventh, Greenbrier West (7-1) eighth, Valley Fayette (3-0) ninth and Tygarts Valley (5-0) 10th.
In the Cardinal Conference boys’ standings, Scott is in first at 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the league. Poca (7-1, 3-1) is second, Mingo Central (4-3, 3-3) third, Tolsia (4-5, 2-2) fourth, Herbert Hoover (5-2, 1-2) and Sissonville (3-4, 1-2) are tied for fifth, Chapmanville Regional (4-4, 1-3) is seventh and Wayne (2-3, 0-3) last.
In the AP’s Class AA girls’ poll this week, Westside (8-0) is No. 1. Bridgeport (8-2) is second, Clay County (9-1) third, Summers County (7-1) fourth and Nicholas County (8-1) fifth. RCB (7-2) and Lincoln (7-1) are tied for sixth, North Marion (5-1) eighth, Sissonville (7-2) ninth and Scott (5-3) 10th. Tolsia and Herbert Hoover also received votes.
In this week’s Class A AP boys’ girls’ poll, Huntington St. Joe (7-1) is first, St. Marys (8-0) second, Wheeling Central (9-1) third, Clay-Battelle (10-0) fourth, Parkersburg Catholic (6-3) fifth, Pocahontas County (8-3) sixth, Valley Fayette (6-0) seventh, Tygarts Valley (7-2) eighth, Tucker County (5-4) ninth and Williamstown (4-4) 10th.
Man and Tug Valley also received votes. The Lady Billies are ranked 16th in the state.
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