2. Parkersburg South
5. East Fairmont
8. Wheeling Park
10. North Marion
1. Oak Glen
2. Calhoun County
5. Braxton County
6. Greenbrier West
7. Shady Spring
8. Point Pleasant
10. St Marys
In the AAA division, Parkersburg High and Parkersburg South remain at #1 and 2. Parkersburg High started the season at the top of the polls, confirmed their ranking after a strong 9th place finish at the Walsh Ironman tournament on December 14, one place ahead of cross-town rival Parkersburg South, and removed all doubt with a 41-14 dual meet victory over South on January 22.
Brooke remains at third. The Bruins took a solid runner-up finish at the OVAC last weekend January 23-25, placing nine in the place-eight finals: Jarrod Shaw 4th 103; Greiner 8th 112; Smith 4th 119; McFarland runner-up 125; Braden Shaw champ 130; Mike Durbin 4th 135; Dave Durbin 3rd 140; Davis 7th 145; and Bliss Champ 152. It looks like Brooke may still be fine-tuning its line up. The question is: Can they catch South??? Stay tuned....
Huntington High moves up to the #4 spot, on the basis of a second place finish at the WSAZ, 17.5 points ahead of third place East Fairmont. The early season doubters saw Coach Archer building his team around only 3 returning state finalists -- Steve Riner 112, Jeremy Ray 140, and James Nelson 189. However, as usual, the Highlanders appear to be picking up steam and heading for another top five finish at the State Tournament.
East Fairmont drops to number five this week. The Bees wrestled a tremendous January schedule which included Nitro, Winners Choice, and WSAZ.
Ripley drops to number six, while Nitro, Wheeling Park, Jefferson, and North Marion round out the top ten. With the heavy January schedule nearly over, most teams will be taking care of their conference tournaments and resting up for the regionals on February 22.
In the AA/A division, Oak Glen remains on top and will probably stay there until there until some other AA/A team gives reason to dislodge them. The Golden Bears took third overall at the OVAC scoring 159.5 points. Last year they were overall OVAC champs scoring 209.5, and later won the WV AA/A title by 19 points over runner-up Calhoun. Nobody should be foolish enough to accuse Oak Glen of slipping -- but might the AA/A state tournament be closer at the top than it was last year?? Stay tuned.....
Calhoun County remains at #2. The Red Devils won their own invitational on January 25, but was pressed by Braxton County.
Cameron moves up to #3. The third through tenth AA/A teams seem to be shifting around on a weekly basis, and the WV-Mat pollsters don't seem to be smart enough to figure it out. Independence was #3 last poll after a second place at the Braxton Big 16 ahead of Greenbrier West, Braxton County, and Shady Spring; however, at the WSAZ Williamstown, Shady Spring, Point Pleasant, and St Marys all finished ahead of the Patriots. And so, by default, it seems that Cameron moves up. Cameron finished a respectable eleventh overall in the 34 team OVAC and won the Class A title, placing 4 in the finals (Cumpston 6th 103; Yoders 5th 135; Hughes 6th 152; and Stewart 7th 160). The question is: Do the Dragons have enough heavy hitters to place in the top five in Huntington???
Williamstown moves up a notch to #4. The Yellow Jackets were the highest placing AA/A team at the WSAZ. Of note, Williamstown placed seven in the finals: Biddle 4th 119; Biddle 2nd 125; Dimarco 7th 130; Elder 4th 140; Tracewell 2nd 152; Smith Champ 160; and Lauderman 4th 171. Don't be surprised to see Williamstown's heavy hitters push the team higher at state tournament time.
Braxton County moves from #7 to #5 in all the commotion. The Eagles finished 7.5 points ahead of #6 Greenbrier West at the Calhoun Invitaitonal.
Shady Spring comes in at the seven spot. At WSAZ Shady finished seventh, one spot ahead of #8 Point Pleasant These two teams occupy the same position in this week's poll.
Which leaves Independence at the ninth spot. Which Independence team will show up in Huntington at the end of February? It should be an exciting tournament.
St Marys sneaks in to this week's poll at #10. St Marys has been flirting with the top ten all season, and may be the dark horse to crack the top ten at state tournament time. St Marys won the championship at Beallsville on January 11, and has the horses to score points at tournament time. The Blue Devils placed three at WSAZ: Bartrug 2nd 119; Dylan Hashman 6th 152; and Pete Hashman 2nd 215.