WHEELING, W.Va. — A live in-game blog of the Class A state championship game between Greenbrier West and Madonna:

 

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  • Mike

    What numbers Larry?

  • SPRUCEKNOB

    How many of Madonna's players are from Weirton? I am just curious.

    • K9 Bongo

      All, but One, are from Weirton!

    • no excuses

      Doesn't matter where they're from (California, Maine, Florida, wherever), as long as they were enrolled the entire previous school year, they can play. That means PUBLIC SCHOOLS too. So you better clean up your own backyard. Any school can entice a kid to attend their school. But they have to abide by the rules. THEY ALL DO IT!

  • Tom

    Congrats to Madonna from the Irish in Charleston!

  • Guest

    Garrett...thanks for the blogs...tell Fred and Dave hello and great work that all of you do!

  • Larry

    Feel bad for players in public A schools, have to be happy playing for runner up, since private schools have so many inherent advantages.

    • PJ

      And those advantages are?

      • Larry

        More money, ability to recruit players from a much larger area than public counterparts, and most located in larger urban areas and on state border to allow access to out of state players. Since 1996, 14 boys basketball, 17 girls basketball, and 10 football championships have been won by private schools, but it's probably just a coincidence.

        • Mike

          Stop complaining about private schools recruiting. You and I both know they don't recruit if you want to beat a private school look at your own school and try to fix your own program instead of assuming someone else's program is cheating

          • Larry

            The numbers don't lie Mike, I don't even have a rooting interest in single A. Private schools winning is a forgone conclusion, it's why it's the least exciting of the 3 classes.

          • Jim

            Thank you !! Someone finally had some sense.

        • Dave

          I agree some private schools do recruit, but Madonna isn't one of them. The furthest Blue Don is Nero, and he has been going to school in Weirton since middle school. Everyone else is either from Weirton or some where close. Don't group all the public schools into one group just because of the actions of some.

          • John

            Dave, I am curious about your statements, "I agree some private schools do recruit, but Madonna isn't one of them" and "just because of the actions so some". Which private schools are you referring to? You can't throw stones at the glass house you live in. I agree with the arguement that private schools have an advantage because their students cross school districts but they are using the wrong word "recruiting" isn't correct. I don't know of any child that gets "recruited" in kindergarten for their athletic ability. Most of these kids have been in the private schools since a very young age. It is more of a "choice" or alternative to the public school system for education. We, parents, make the "choice" to send our kids there. Some of us aren't well off and get loans to send our kids to these schools. We want our kids to be in a good environment for learning and discipline. The big athletic advantage is that our kids have been playing together for years where the public school kids may only get to play together for few years. It is hard to get kids to work together in a short time frame. The disadvantage that the rural single A public schools have is lack of "choice" of schools to send their kids. So the private school doesn't "recruit" our children, we make a "choice" based on education, not athletics, at young age to send them there. Why would a very good athletic want to play in single A? Not too many college division 1 schools recruit from the single A, a very good athlete would want to play AAA to get noticed.

          • no excuses

            John, very well stated. The definition of "recruit" in WV has finally been stated........CHOICE.
            And the nice thing about it is we all can do it.

        • shocking

          Supporters of the private schools actually think it is a level playing field. It's hilarious.

          • no excuses

            You are right. Private schools advantage is something called teamwork and discipline starting in grade school.

          • no excuses

            You know, your kid can go there too.

        • no excuses

          More discipline and instilled teamwork. That's the advantage.

    • no excuses

      When you choose to live in a small rural area, you also choose to go with a geographical disadvantage in programs such as high school sports. The only way around it is to move to a more populous area. Too much emphasis is put on sports, instead of education. If you value your kids sports that much, then you have to move.

  • WHS Alumni

    Congrats to Madonna High School State Champs! From Weir High School

  • Dave

    State champions WEIRTON MADONNA way to go boys

  • Dave Barr

    Gonna go ahead and say it.....
    Congratulations to coach Taylor and Madonna....

  • Jeffrey Weaver

    Wow.. Duke actuslly hanging with Fl St

  • Dave

    Go blue dons decades of success all started with joe krivac and woody miller legendary coaches

  • David

    Let's go Madonna!

  • Jeffrey Weaver

    What is the score? I have conflicting reports

  • tim

    Must be nice to be able to recuit your player...private school will always dominant..doesn't seem fair does it

    • RJ

      Agree!

    • WVIRGINIAN FOR LIFE

      Tim, you are absolutely correct. A private school has tremendous advantages over public schools including a fully funded athletic program and students from all localities that cross traditional districts. They should at least be forced into the AA class.

      • Dave

        That is true, but let's not forget that kids from low income families can go to public schools. Not everyone can afford to go to private schools. Let's not force a school with barely 200 kids into AA just because kids from other counties and states can go there.

        • no excuses

          As long as they were enrolled there the previous school year, they are eligible to play sports in that program. Not only for private schools but public schools also. That means, by your definition of recuiting, all schools in our state recruit. Get educated.

    • no excuses

      Another crybaby.

    • no excuses

      PLEASE, define what you mean by recruit.

    • no excuses

      Why would a private school always dominate. Public schools can recruit too. As fair as can be...............

  • A Erskine

    We must remember private schos can recruit

    • Guest

      Does Jim Justice do your recruiting erskine? Madonna can recruit as much as you can!

      • hillbilly

        Jim Justice helps Greenbrier EAST, not West..

        • Greenbrier Native

          Good game to all the players...The GWHS boys have been playing together since middle school. I remember watching Malik, Cox, Marquis, all of em when they were Timberwolves...great players and outstanding young men...God bless and everyone be safe coming home

          • Michael Goddard

            Goddard, McClung, Cox, Gabbert, Yoakum, Church, Loudermilk, Frazier, Murphy and more have played together since well back into youth football. I'm extremely proud of these kids and thankful I was able to coach them in their formative years.

    • no excuses

      We must remember, public schools can recruit.

  • A Erskine

    What radio sta is carrying game

    • al

      Hey I am waiting for Falcon 75 of Wahama + True West fan Of Greenbrier Where are you ?

      • true west fan

        al let me say this west had plenty of chances to beat Madonna they had the ball in the red zone couple of times just bad mistakes and some bad coaching,,,,,,,, nero did not anything except maybe stayed and help block Frazier and hold him all night lol and Nero got knock out bye boat wright ......anyways enjoy your win because next year you guys be lucky to win 5 games west has alot coming back and will have a shot again but not for Madonna lol