CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Aaron Muncy scored 21 points and No. 1 Tug Valley defeated third-seeded Charleston Catholic 58-41, becoming the first public school since 2001 to win the Class A state title.

Tug Valley (25-3), which won the Class AA championship last season before moving down in classification, took the lead late in the second quarter and never allowed Charleston Catholic room for a comeback, holding the Irish to 15 points in the second half.

“There’s no three sweeter words right now than back-to-back,” said Tug Valley coach Garland Thompson, who was an assistant coach of Williamson, the last public school to win a Class A banner. “I’m just tickled to death for our community, school, and most importantly our four seniors and that team celebrating on that floor out there.”

Muncy scored 16 of his game-high total in the first half, connecting on 4-of-7 from 3-point range.

“I got a lucky bounce on my first 3 there,” Muncy said. “When I saw that go in I had a lot of confidence in myself.”

“We’ve seen many great guards throughout the years, but never three like that together.” — Charleston Catholic coach Bill McClanahan on Tug Valley’s trio of Aaron Muncy, Austin Brewer and Mikey Newsome.

Austin Brewer contributed 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field for the Panthers, who shot 46 percent overall.

“I just did my thing today. I drove to the basket and dished it out,” Brewer said, who had five assists as well. “If I had a layup then I would take what they gave me.”

Counting Mikey Newsome’s 10 points, Tug Valley’s three guards amassed 46 of the Panthers’ 58 points.

“It was just like pick your poison with them,” said Charleston Catholic coach Bill McClanahan. “We’ve seen many great guards throughout the years, but never three like that together.”

Charleston Catholic (24-4) was paced by Nick George’s 13 points. Garrett McCarty added 10 points and Keiffer Hovorka connected on all three of his 3s, scoring nine points.

“I thought we came out and played at our highest level the first eight to 10 minutes,” McClanahan said. “Then we leveled off and Tug Valley took advantage of that.”

The all-tournament selections included Muncy, Brewer and Newsome of Tug Valley; David Godwin, Zach Casto and George of Charleston Catholic; Ian Nichols of Tucker County; and David Park of Wheeling Central.

— CJ Ricker

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  • mad_CADer

    Tug Valley has always had great basketball programs. As a non biased Raleigh county resident, my father and I loved to watch them play. And they could flat play, no matter the opponent. And there have always been haters, like the time Woodrow got 50 dropped on them by a certain five foot nothing point gaurd from Tug. I watched them beat one of the most athletic, biggest AA teams I have ever seen for the 99 championship against Bluefield. These kids are well coached and talented and expect to win, and they go and do it. And it is fun to watch. Congrats Tug, keep playing and keep winning.

  • Yes

    You just proved your illiteracy. Try looking in the dictionary for the proper usage of "there" and "their". You must have been part of the 32% drop out rate.

  • TVHS96

    To be perfectly honest, Tucker County was also better than Charleston Catholic.

  • Proud Panther Fan

    While I am not surprised at some of the posts that I have read, I am still very disappointed that adults would turn this into an opportunity to make such disparaging remarks. Fans should follow the leads of the 2 coaches and give credit to the players on both teams for a game will played that ended with one team coming out victorious. Today was about athletics which plays such a vital part role in our educational programs. I am so proud of our Tug Valley players and fans that not only won the championship, but also won the "Spirit" award for their support of our team and their great supportmanship. Now let's continue that attitude by not allowing ourselves to stoop down to the level of the demeaning remarks by some of the individuals on this site. Our TVHS Panthers deserve better...they are champions!!!

  • Tom

    If you could read the first post by Larry saying CCHS kids drive BMW started it. I thought the game was great. TV out played us. If I can afford to place my kid in a safe car or a private school you shouldn't get mad . Work hard , strive to be the best, and God bless. Congratulation on a great win:-)

    • Larry

      Sorry, I didn't mean to cause such an uproar, I realize some of these kids will be forced to cruise in their moms Volvos.

  • Scott

    That was a low post got caught up in the moment sorry I apologize for that.

  • Keefe

    Sounds to me as my father would say "the peasant stock beat the blue bloods and the blue bloods can not handle it". Could you tug valley people quit breeding so the mother superiors can continue to claim superiority. Catholic schools do not recruit but they are private schools and kids can come from any school district. It maybe the quality of education. I can not say I'm not Catholic.

    • Larry

      You don't have to be Catholic to go to those schools, you just have to have rich parents, who are willing to pay thousands of dollars for an education you could get for free in a public school, but if you do go to Catholic school, you are guaranteed to be a highly successful, multimillionare, with absolutely no problems for the rest of your life.

  • a thought

    Bottom line if the states public schools are not good enough for people then I don't care if a private school has to go to Alaska to find a team to play. That's your burden. Private schools don't deserve to play public school sports.

  • An educated Panther

    Poor Bill...we aren't discussing National Merit Finalists, graduation rates, or academics for that matter. Today was about winning an athletic event and the best team coming out on top. List all the statistics and accolades you choose, but the bottom line is CCHS lost. I take offense to your ignorant remarks about our geographical area. There are many comments to be made about the urban lifestyle in which you and your children partake, but I choose not to go there. TV deserved our win and could play and win in AA. We didn't choose to drop to A; enrollment dictates placement. You should be ashamed of yourself and your nasty remarks. You're a sore loser who is setting a bad example for our youth. I'm proud of our team and the young gentlemen they are.

  • Panther

    Chief whats the matter you CCHS fans (fair weather) can dish it out but can't take it? Rastas started it! Just be a good sport about it. I have to say I agree with just the facts except score was 58-41 today. I wasn't making fun of the Pope, just stating not all is bad in the land of Catholic! By the way all of the education remarks just prove 1 thing CCHS has no CLASS and no CHAMPIONSHIP this year!!!!!!!!!

  • Chief Casavantes

    Panther has the worst post of all. Lay off the Pope while you enjoy a well earned victory.

  • Just the facts

    Bluefield played Fairmont Sr. which dropped down a class and had no problem ex. 63-43.If CCHS was the better team then they would have won but we all know what happened when the great TUG VALLEY played CCHS 61-48 regular season and 56-41 today. Get over it! The better TEAM won!

  • Panther

    To all you CCHS fans just face it! You are no longer a big fish in a small pond with Magnolia and TUG VALLEY around get used to 2nd place you sore sport! You have your POPE and we are the CHAMPIONS.P.S. I can still see tears and black smoke from todays game! Maybe you need to STICK to ACADEMICS and we will major in ATHLETICS with a minor in kicking your butts from now on.

    • Nana In Louisa

      Panther has the best post on here. This was a basketball tournament, nothing about making grades, going to college, etc. I know for a fact doctors, lawyers and a lot of other professionals have come out of TV. Congrats boys! Most TV players come from a long history of fathers, grandfathers, etc. being championship basketball players! Also, TV fans are THE BEST!

  • Just a Fan

    Really proud of all the players, from both teams. It was a very hard fight till the end, with neither giving up.
    Who cares what the grad rate is, or if a team recruits? It's all about basketball. It came down to these 2, and obviously Tug was the best. Be proud of both teams, because there were a lot that didn't even make it that far.
    Congrats Tug Valley.

  • Yes

    You must be proud.....68% graduation rate! Wow!!!!!!!! Good thing you have something to do other than study.

    • Panther mom

      I think you need to get your facts straight before you keep making yourself look like an idiot. I know for a "fact" that most of the Tug Valley players take honors classes and duel credit "college" classes. I don't know of any player in the last 10 years or so that never graduated. My son is a 4.0 student, also goes to the state math field competition as well as plays several sports, as most of Tug Valleys team does as well and keep their grades up. If you want an intelligence contest I will put mine and several others on the team up against your players. I'm also not afraid to give my sons name or hide behind a fake name on here like you do. My son is # 20 for the Panthers, his name is Hayden Sturgell and you get the watch him for two more years. Also half our team the players are christians and go to church so their not just using a Catholic name to act like they are holier than thou, they really are the real deal.......

    • Really

      Obviously you have nothing better to do than get on here and down TV! It is what it is.. Both teams played a good game but TV pulled ahead and WON. Get over it. They deserved it like it or not. Don't worry yourself with what % graduates from TV, worry about your own school! Haters will hate what they can't imitate! Panther Pride Ahhhhh TV!

    • Bill

      I am tired of the petty remarks demeaning CCHS. TV has an excellent basketball team. It is the best in "A.". Unfortunately, if it were an academic tournament, TV would have lost its first game in the sectionals. I was shocked by the players' many grammatical errors in the post-game interviews. I'd like to evaluate the school's language arts and English curriculum. There will probably be some TV graduates attending college, but they will be the exception rather than the norm.
      CCHS does not recruit. Its athletes have been educated in Catholic schools since preschool and kindergarten. CCHS has five National Merit Finalists this year. Most of them play at least one sport. I doubt that TV will have five National Merit scholars within fifty years. CCHS expects excellence in every facet of the students' lives. I wouldn't be surprised if the athletes at TV are coddled in the classroom. The seniors will have a rude awakening next year!

      • Valorie

        Bill, I suppose you missed the super foul language of your students in the hall way. If that's the language skills your boasting about, you should be ashamed. Our kids have values and respect for others. We are very proud of our students and their accomplishments. Your team was good, but ours was better.

      • Educated Tug Valley Graduate

        I'll have you know that most of our athletes take AP and Dual Credit classes! Just because Tug Valley is a public school, doesn't mean the education isn't as good as the Catholic schools. I received my education from Tug Valley, went on to study Accounting at Marshall, and now work for the state of West Virginia. I wouldn't think I've done too bad for myself with my public school education.

        Also, those petty remarks about CCHS that you spoke of, I think everything you just posted is petty. GROW UP! And how is this for petty, I wish I'd have a chance to punch you in the face! I'd like to tell you where to take your five National Merit Finalists and stick them, but I'm going to be a better person ;-)

        • TVHS96

          You're just an arrogant moron. Unlike a public school, private schools don't have to take special needs students. Don't delude yourselves into thinking you're superior. Quite frankly, you're worse human beings than we are due to your elitist attitudes.

          Now, to the game. Where were your fans? I guess it was too far for them to travel to the Charleston Civic Center.