NEW RICHMOND, W.Va — After a 7-1 start to the year (including reeling off wins in the first six straight), Wyoming East again stated its case as a contender to make it back to Charleston in Class AA.

“We really feel like the start was great, we just have to keep getting better,” Wyoming East coach Rory Chapman said.

The Warriors knocked off the likes of North Marion and Westside in those first six games, using a huge performance from senior Austin Canada against Westside as he totaled 38 points in the 79-71 victory over the Renegades.

“Christian Hedinger is a hard-nosed tough kid, he knows the game of basketball and hates to lose, Austin Canada a senior leader had the 38 point night against Westside has been great all season,” Chapman said. “Another senior that is new to the scene is Jordan Hayes, we’ve been leaning on him quite a bit to score down inside.”

A 69-44 loss to defending state champion Bluefield, however, served as a motivating defeat for Chapman’s club.

”The film was painful to watch, but I think the kids will get the message,” he said. “They’ll see what they did wrong and we’ll get that corrected and compete much better against Bluefield next time.”

Wyoming East, out of Region 3 in Class AA, is in the same section with Westside and could potentially face Bluefield in regional action come postseason time.

”Southern West Virginia is known for tough, physical basketball, we all know each other down here – there are no secrets between us,” Chapman said. “Region 3 has definitely three teams that can compete for a state championship (Bluefield, Westside, Wyoming East), and maybe a fourth with Liberty coming on this year — it’s going to take a good night to beat the three of us.

“We just can’t get satisfied, know matter how big the win or how many games we win in a row,” he said. “You always have to find things you can get better at and continue to grow as a team and peak at the right time.”

The Warriors, meanwhile, are expected to have another significant addition to the roster in former Summers County standout TaRon Ayers.

2013-14 Boys Basketball Schedule
12/17/13 07:30PM A PIKEVIEW 6441 W
12/28/13 05:00PM H NORTH MARION 6650 W
01/03/14 07:30PM H WESTSIDE 7971 W
01/10/14 07:30PM A OAK HILL 5546 W
01/11/14 07:30PM H SHADY SPRING 6347 W
01/14/14 07:30PM A BLUEFIELD 4469 L
01/17/14 07:30PM H PIKEVIEW 7653 W
01/21/14 07:30PM H MOUNT VIEW  
10 01/22/14 07:30PM H SUMMERS COUNTY  
11 01/24/14 07:30PM A INDEPENDENCE  
12 01/28/14 07:30PM A BIG ATLANTIC CLASSIC  
13 01/30/14 07:30PM A SUMMERS COUNTY  
14 02/01/14 07:30PM A BIG ATLANTIC CLASSIC  
15 02/07/14 07:30PM A WESTSIDE  
16 02/11/14 07:30PM A SHADY SPRING  
17 02/14/14 07:30PM H OAK HILL  
18 02/18/14 07:30PM H INDEPENDENCE  
20 02/21/14 07:30PM A MOUNT VIEW  
21 02/25/14 07:30PM H BLUEFIELD  
 wins: 7   lost: 1   ties: 0
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  • Leon B

    Got to love Wyoming County basketball. The teams are always good. Fan support is excellent. The gyms are packed every game. Teams travel well. Both teams very well coached.