MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Washington is tabbed as the top team in the state for week one of the boys basketball MetroNews Power Index, released early Wednesday evening.

The Patriots (7-0) entered Wednesday with six out-of-state wins and a marquee victory over rival and defending Class AAA state champion Martinsburg, 83-49.

Another eastern panhandle school, Musselman, sits right behind Washington at No. 2. The Applemen (5-0) will face off against Washington on Friday.

Parkersburg South (7-0) has also been off to an impressive start as the Patriots come in at No. 3 overall in Class AAA. South Charleston (4-0) comes in at No. 4 and Hedgesville (6-1) rounds out the top five.

The highest Class AA team ranked is Robert C. Byrd (5-0) at No. 7. The Eagles are closely followed by defending Class AA state champion Bluefield (5-0) at No. 11.

Out of Class A, Huntington St. Joseph (9-0) comes in at No. 19.

The MetroNews Power Index is a computer based formula that factors in strength of schedule. Records listed are for games played through Tuesday, January 7th.

You can view the complete week one rankings here.

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  • e smalls

    Dogs fan bluefield will play anybody that wants some including Washington. Who are y'all anyway never heard of u.haha

  • RTT

    As always the boys poll is out and the girls are left out again. Doesn't the girls season start a week before the boys do.

  • EPfanatic

    Get ready to change your ranks...#2 AAA...Musselman won't/can't hold water to Washington! Washington by 40!

  • PhotoBoothe

    The power rating is not a poll, gang, it's a computer rating system. And this is still too early in the season for the formula to have a really valid sample of results to "compute." Especially with some schools having only played 3 games due to postponements.
    Give it another month, THEN feel free to gripe if school A or school B isn't where you think they ought to be in the power index. ;)

    • EPBulldogs

      Great point. People get too bent out of shape so early.

  • bige4428

    Really Bluefield #11. OK.....

  • e smalls

    Bluefield 11 u must be kidding me. We'll play anybody above us

    • Dogsfan

      Go play Washington

      • bige4428

        No need to play Washington. What they got a bunch of transfers in. Loading up huh.

        • EP Haters

          They had one player transfer...