CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Class A boys basketball state tournament field is set as the seedings were  announced on Thursday.

CLASS A SEEDS

1. Wheeling Central

2. Notre Dame

3. Charleston Catholic

4. Clay-Battelle

5. Greater Beckley Christian

6. Valley (Fayette)

7. Tucker County

8. Parkersburg Catholic

 

CLASS A QUARTERFINALS, THURSDAY MARCH 20TH

9:30 a.m. No. 3 Charleston Catholic vs. No. 6 Valley (Fayette)

1:00 p.m. No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Tucker County

5:30 p.m. No. 1 Wheeling Central vs. No. 8 Parkersburg Catholic

9:00 p.m. No. 4 Clay-Battelle vs. No. 5 Greater Beckley Christian

 

CLASS A SEMIFINALS, FRIDAY MARCH 21ST

11:15 a.m. Charleston Catholic/Valley (Fayette) winner vs. Notre Dame/Tucker County winner

7:15 p.m. Wheeling Central/Parkersburg Catholic vs. Clay-Battelle/Greater Beckley Christian winner

 

CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP, SATURDAY MARCH 22ND

2:30 p.m. Semifinal winners

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Comments

  • kiddkornbred

    Ok in your recruiting argument someone please tell me from a basketball POV what is in it for the kids. What would it benefit you to go to Greater Beckley Christian School and get less recognition and play your home games is a shoebox as opposed to going to AAA Woodrow Wilson and playing at the Raleigh County Armory surrounded by championship banners. I heard the argument made that it was to make it to Charleston. That makes zero sense. Unless you learned the word basketball for the first time this week if you live in WV you know Woodrow Wilson High School has had some fairly "decent" teams.
    So you are a talented HS basketball player in Beckley and you are approached by the "GBCS Recruiter" How would you like to go to private school for free and play for a team that might someday win a Class A state championship.......I think you say nope I think I will go to WWHS for free and try to add to the multiple state championship banners. Argument over thank you all for your time. I would've ended it for you earlier but I have been busy.

    • mountaineer

      Maybe you have been eating too much cornbread. This is what goes on. I remember Trinity airing a commercial on the radio That if you have an outstanding athlete in your family that would like to play for a stellar athletic program then maybe you should consider Trinity. So I don't want to hear your bullcrap. If you don't want to call it recruiting then lets call them transfers. Maybe you just learned the word basketball because you all deny it. How can CCHS be there 8 out of 9 years? They replace their players with some transfers. A class A school of their size cannot continually do this. But the teams who consistently show up there year after year are private schools. Some of these cant start at a AAA school as a freshman or sophomore and are offered a starting position and are good enough to play single A ball. The next thing you will say is that Huntington St Joes girls don't recruit. Why did 4 division ! girls play for a single A team and not Huntingtons AAA team? Do you have an answer for that one? CASE CLOSED!!!!!

      • Kiddkornbred

        Annnnd. You kind of killed your own point unless you think the four division 1 caliber players at st joes couldn't start at Huntington

        • mountaineer

          They are a catholic school you dummy. The players might not be catholic. Why wouldn't they play AAA ball? They have been beaten before. They know they are a lock in the single A division and St Joes wants to keep that winning streak going even if they have to cheat by recruiting or as you all call it--Transfers. You tell me why those chose a catholic private school instead of a AAA school. You are catholic and know it all. All I know is that there will be a lot of fish sandwiches being sold in Charleston this weekend.

          • Kiddkornbred

            Please spell my name right it is a family name and it hurts my feelings when you spell it wrong. GBC is a Protestant Christian school no bishops or priests only a baptist minister. And we will have to reload some. Kidd-Daniels are juniors. Helton a Sophomore. Francis and Walton are freshmen so next year looks pretty good. We also have a kid from Germany coming in but if we can convince Donte Nabors to leave Woodrow we will be ok. Plus I'm not sure if Levi Cook is happy at Huntington prep. If I can talk Bobby Huggins onto allowing it he may be a crusader come fall.

          • mountaineer

            cormbread, looks like youll have to have the bishop and priest get on the recruiting trail early next year. They just didnt get the right recruits in for this year. But Im sure GBC will be back again next year.

          • kiddkornbred

            Again I tell you I am not catholic or do I have money. I live barely paycheck to paycheck as a state correctional officer. I do not pay for my child's tuition at Greater Beckley because she plays basketball. LoL . Actually she has an education trust from a dead grand parent but other than that I'm broke.

          • mountaineer

            kornbread. I am not a bigot. Some of my best friends are catholic and I in fact like fish sandwiches and you bet Id be getting one down there. I love the catholic fish fries and support them. I think they do amazing charity work. Way more than any denomination out there. I support their food drives. You cant beat a fish sandwich and some fries. Its just idiots like you who come up with excuses and don't want to admit to the fact this stuff goes on. I am not fond of their high school sports programs. Many churches don't have schools. Only in the bigger communities. There are good and bad in these communities. I just know you must be one of the bad ones. You know its not fair. You are not fooling me and as far as I am concerned our conversations are ended. Im not wasting my time with a bigot who can afford to send kids to private schools and looks down on people who cant. Sorry but you are no better than anyone else and believe me WWJD would never run up the score and cause insults to injuries and laugh about it. Later

          • Kiddkornbred

            Oh yeah you asked wwjd at the end there. He sends those that don't believe in him to a lake of fire to burn for eternity and welcomes those who do into a kingdom of gold where no one ever cries. Trust me guy he'd run up the score.

          • Kiddkornbred

            Dear Mr Mountaineer,
            You are awesome and your reading comprehension could use work.
            A. I knew the school was catholic I simply used sarcasm when you asked me why the girls chose St joes.
            B. I'm not going to try to exlplain the flaw in your division 1 statement again.
            C. I did not call them transfers you simply told me I could call them transfers.
            D. How did I become catholic in this somehow. I am not by the way
            E. The fish sandwich bit was a little disrespectful and you are a Biggott. I have heard there are Jews and blacks on some of the teams if you want to continue biggottry jokes.

          • mountaineer

            Annnnd maybe they enjoy beating their opponents by 40 to 60 points a game. I wouldn't even go pay to see that team play. Who actually likes to see a blowout? over and over. I guess you all do. Private schools seem to like to run up the score on weaker teams. Another fine example you religious schools do. You all represent religion so well. What a joke. WWJD? I ask.

      • Kiddkornbred

        I don't know them so I can't give you a definitive answer but heck maybe they're catholic?

  • john

    WOW. Nice to see 3 public schools make it to the Class A Private School Tourney. Correct me if I am wrong but I think the lousy WVSSAC designed the playoff format to help private schools make it to Charleston. IF YOU LOSE YOU ARE DONE! But not here in WV. You can lose and still make it. GOOOO Cee Bees!

    • Frustrated

      I know I can't believe Bishop Donahue dropped the ball and let a garbage public school team in. Luckily Greater Beckley Christian will get rid of that filth so a God loving school can take home the State Championship.

      • john

        Are they really God loving schools? They sure dont practice it. Most are very cocky, they play dirty, they run up the score to embarass other teams, they cheat by recruiting....and I could go on. They sure dont set a good example. And I hope the Cee Bees bring their A game. They can beat anyone. Theyve showed that already.

        • Frustrated

          I can't wait to watch them run up the score on clay battelle. I hope they embarrass them and beat them by 50.

          • kiddkornbred

            Oh my I didn't realize you had called me catholic way down here too.

          • mountaineer

            You are the typical catholic. Nice remarks.

          • kiddkornbred

            dear jimmy
            or enrollment logic is very off Marsh Fork before its closing went to five state toirnaments 3 quarterfinals and a state championship form 95 to 2001 with a 7th thru twelve enrollment of less than 150

          • Jimmy

            Frustrated Public schools are winners, they do it the right way. How much does it cost you to pay the refs? Just curious. The AAA schools with private schools in there city can't make it to Charleston cause the kids are leaving to play at private schools.

          • john

            frustrated I don't think that the Cee Bees will get beat. They player tough defense which keeps them in games. As long as there aren't Catholic Referees calling the game they will have a shot. But if they do have Catholic refs then they may not. You see Clay Battelle plays good solid clean defense. They don't play dirty like Catholic schools. Cussing you on the floor, grabbing your jersey, tripping you and hacking you when you drive down the lane, camping out in the lane... and so on. Your coaches tell these kids to play this way and if refs don't call it on them then just keep it up. Transfers and recruiting does make a difference though. And these 3 reasons give you the edge. You should win. Win by doing such a fine job representing religion. You should be their poster child. You sound like a sinless person. You would think these religious schools would want to set the example but they don't. As long as the old people running the WVSSAC and the W and C Diocese keeps being a huge contributer to the state tourney this will keep going on. And don't tell me the girls class A winner didn't recruit and get these players in.

          • Frustrated

            Yes and Tug is a public school. Why would these schools recruit mediocre kids? If they recruited there wouldn't be any talent in AAA or AA. I understand your frustrated because your kids team isn't good enough and if this excuse makes you feel better than you just keep thinking they're recruited. I'm with you they're recruits, they pay the refs, and whatever excuse losers make for not winning.

          • Jimmy

            Your making yourself look stupid Frustrated or Ur Dumb which ever name you use. You just said the tug valley kids are playing at u of c. Tug valley is single A you also said most kids who go on wont see the floor. These kids are not going to private schools to play at next level, they are going there to make the state tournament. GBC has an enrollment of 64 kids 15 boys play basketball and 14 girls play basketball. If they did not recruit there season would be over you don't make the state tournament with that size enrollment without recruiting.

          • Frustrated

            Yea you obviously have no idea what your talking about. There are a lot of D2 basketball players in the state. There have even been a number of D1 and NBA players. However they all played for AAA teams, I wonder why they would pass up on all the money they could have made in A?

          • Jimmy

            Not many WV basketball players go to the next level. The ultimate goal in Wv high school basketball is to make it to Charleston. Remember you said the public schools would be sent home early not giving them a chance so that's the same as you saying they RECRUIT.

          • Frustrated

            Thats right I pay for them all. Watch all the D1 players who will come out of the private schools. I generally pay them six figures, but the kids this year may just skip straight to the league after the A WV state playoffs, so I may have to cough up even more money. You seem dumb so you probably don't pick up on the sarcasm there. If these schools recruited they would be really bad at it, because none of these kids will ever play D1 basketball. The best of them will play D2 and still probably won't see the floor. Look at two of the best players in A last year Tug Valleys Austin Brewer and Mikey Newsome, All Staters won AA title in 2012 and A in 2013. They both play for University of Charleston now. No one is getting recruited to play for private schools if they were there wouldn't be a public school that could stand a chance.

          • Jimmy

            You must know something sending the 3 public schools home so early care to share it with the rest of us. Private schools recruiting and now buying championships. Ur Dumb brags about his catholic education is he paying for the private school titles and Bishop recruiting for the private schools.

          • Frustrated

            Just like your public schools kids that aren't good enough to play in AA or AAA. Those 3 schools will be sent back home before Friday!

          • Fed up

            Beckley Woodrow Wilson I mean GBC will be lucky to score 50 points on Clay Battelle. These kids are going to GBC cause they can't make it to Charleston in AAA. GOODLUCK to the 3 PUBLIC SCHOOLS in single A!

    • Rick

      Huh?

  • MW

    I have read all the previous comments about the private versus public schools. Looking at it subjectively there is no doubt the playing field in single A is not level. There are around 48 single A schools in WV. Nine of those are private. If Clay-Battelle doesn't upset Bishop Donahue, then we have 6 of the 9 private schools in the state tournament. As is there are 5 out of 8 teams that are private schools in the state tournament. In the past decade private schools have dominated single a championships. There is no secret that this subject is driven by politics and money. Until the right people have the guts to stand up for the true single A, small town kids will continue to pay the price. Shame on us if we don't stand up for them.

    • Rick

      If you have the money to send your kit to a private school then more power to you.

    • john

      The WVSSAC isnt going to do a thing about it. They are the problem. A bunch of old people who should step aside and let someone else take over. It doesnt help when the W & C Doicese is a big contributer.

  • IRISH33444

    Gwt ready cause ND is .. speed kills .. u will see and all the haters or trolls enhoy u will see

  • IRISH33444

    Tje ONLY Fighting IRISH... GO ND!!!

  • Lee

    The situation ongoing with private schools playing "A" ball is just crazy. First the rule is that a private school can only get kids from a specific area. Example is Wheeling Central can only get kids from Wheeling Parks' area. Ok, we all know that kids play there now and in the past from areas outside its boundries. Now how can this even be fair. Another example: St. Joe girls win "A" championship for how many years? No girls team in the state can play with them. Heard they beat defending "AAA" parkersburg south who returned all their players in a tourney this year by 22 pts!!! Im not bashing the private schools but isnt it time the state of WV changes something????
    Previous post stated that private schools have won 13 of last 15 boys "A" championships and 1 of those was a Tug Valley team that won "AA" the year before.
    Common sense should imply that something should change. Like maybe a private school championship then let public school champ play the private school champ. Then maybe everybody could get along better!!!!!!!!!!

    • GP

      There are some in the private school sector who don't have an issue with having their own division while others do. Not sure of the solution as the problem is not quite as simple as stated - have a similar difference in AAA ranks with rural AAA's at big disadvantage to those in more populated cities and areas - say GW, Washington or Martinsburg compared to Buchannon Upshur or Hampshire for example. Those first three listed AAA's have had typically teams with players from outside their zones at times just like the A's you mention.

  • FBFAN96

    I can't believe ND got a 2 seed when CB beat them twice! Someone REALLY didn't do their homework!!!! Private schools get preferencial treatment again!

    • Exhausted

      Really cannot believe how many people on here are arrogant enough to believe that they understand more about the teams and where they should be seeded than the coaches that coach these teams. In the case of Notre Dame over Clay Battele, ND's stength of schedule is 6 and CB's is 12. ND has beaten Charleston Catholic, Parkersburg Catholic, Bishop Donahue, Gilmer Co, Tucker Co. All top 10 teams Clay Battelle has
      beaten Notre Dame and just avenged their loss to Bishop Donahue. They haven't played the caliber of teams that ND has.

      • jane

        exhausted, Clay Battelle beat ND twice and they don't recruit.

        • mountaineer

          Yes Jane that statement about these private schools recruiting sure does make a difference in class A. Small enrollments and they make it down state every year means they are getting these kids from different areas and transfers. I think most of these kids cant play AAA ball so they go to class A. if you get enough "decent kids and a bench" you can go far. Its hard for class A public schools to get 3 good starters on the floor and usually they don't have much of a bench. So how do private schools keep doing this. Its simple, they recruit and gets these transfers in from AAA schools who cant start there and keep replacing graduating players, They can do this because they are in the bigger cities. Bigger cities=more talent. Public schools don't have this advantage. Is it fair? NO. But people running this tournament keeps letting it go on. But honestly why wouldn't you try to play on and win a AAA championship?

          • mountaineer

            irish time----Maybe I should be more considerate. Lets call them TRANSFERS. Will that work for you? Back in the day when I played single A schools had bigger enrollments which equals a bigger pool to get better players. 8 out of 9 years playing for championship. Cmon how big is your enrollment? You cannot do this without replacing players with TRANSFERS year after year. Its always the private that continually make it to Charleston. You all cheat. All I know is that there are going to be plenty of fish sandwiches sold in Charleston this Friday.

          • Irish_time

            mountaineer - CCHS has played has played for the state title in 8 of the last 9 state tournaments and I have seen every one of those teams. Since you are certain recruiting exists, bring to this forum ONE cchs player who was recruited. As for public schools getting 3 good starters on the floor ... Mullens, Peterstown, Mount Hope, Burch, Pineville, Sisterville all used to get 3-plus good starters for their rural Class A team. Then again, unlike your school, those schools had pride and tried.

  • mcm1982

    Wheeling Central is the hands on favorite. They have a very good team. The surprise is how is Notre Dame seeded #2 when Clay Battelle beat them twice? Seems to me some coaches did not do their homework. Seeding only works if the people seeding put some effore into it. Should be some good games though.

  • IRISH3344

    GO IRISH !!!! ITS THEIR YEAR

  • Dot

    Valley and Greater Beckley Christian are the two most athletic teams in the tournament, so watch out for them two also.

    • Fact Checker

      How many Northern teams have you watched play this year to make this statement? I don't see either team making it out of the first round. THEM two teams will probably be sent home early. Clay Battelle is the Dark Horse I think they will win it all and Valley won't stand a chance against Charleston Catholic.

  • mike

    I can't believe three public school teams got in. Bishop Donahue fell down on the job and let Clay-Battelle get by.

  • CB fan

    CB has suprised a lot of schools this season including AAA University High private schools might get the same suprise Go Cee Bees !

    • EBG

      CB is very good and can beat anyone when at top of their game. Beating a UHS team AAA or not this year was nothing to beat your chest about as they went something like 8-14 against a very weak schedule. I am sure CB would tell you several A's were tougher.

  • RJ

    Wheeling Central will win it all private or not they are the real deal

    • john

      Yep Agree Thanks to the out of towners and transfers.

  • Bishop

    And the private school bashing begins in 3 ... 2... 1 ....

    • john

      ur dumb? Is this really you Bishop in disguise. Sounds like a lot of crap you always come up with.

    • john

      You know it Bishop. Glad you finally figured it out. Recruiting sure pays off.

    • Fed up

      Why not let Hunington Prep play for a state title, there enrollment would qualify for single A in the wvssac. Let the private schools see what it feels like.

      • Rick

        Ummm...they are a private school!!

        • john

          Ummmm.... So isnt 5 of the teams in the tournament. So why not let them in. Oh wait a minutes....The Catholic and Christian schools wouldnt want that would they!!

        • Kiddkornbred

          Huntington prep is a basketball team. Not even a school. The kids go to classes at st joes

        • Fed up

          Ummmmm... I know that but they are not allowed to play for a state title. Do you think the other private schools could compete with them? NO

          • john

            This is to ur dumb. You are dumb!!! First you shouldnt be making fun of those who do work at fast food. You may find yourself there one day. Everyone knows Catholic and Christian schools recruit. What fedup says is true. You like these schools represent religion real well. Cheat, play dirty and so on. You definately sound like the perfect roll model to represent these schools. You are very ignorant. Maybe you are one of their mascots. You are no better than anyone else. Get a real life and quit living in fairyland. What a joke!

          • Fed up

            Ur Dumb, you think you are better than a fast food worker. Ummmm NO your not!

          • Ur Dumb

            Weak sauce, You lose! Back to the fryer stupid! Haha

          • Fed up

            Ur dumb you can't even spell your it is not ur. Sorry man you should have attended a public school.

          • Ur Dumb

            Based on the Grammar in your last post I know you barely squeaked through your public school education. I don't have proof that they don't recruit because I'm not the one making these allegations. The burden of proof falls on the person who claims there is a wrong doing. I don't have to show proof the same way a murderer doesn't have to prove that he didn't murder someone, the accuser has to prove that he did murder someone. If you don't understand that analogy I can't possibly dumb it down any further for you. So if your still having trouble maybe your manager will explain it to you on your next break at the drive thru. I'm not going to get into an argument of who was better at basketball I know how far I've made it and I know how dumb you sound whining because your local team can't make it out of their section.

          • Fed up

            Boy you are DUMB! Where is your PROOF that private schools don't recruit! Wheeling Central has a starter living in Moundsville, and another taking some of his classes at wheeling Park. Donahue had a kid from Ohio, and so does Parkersburg Catholic! Recruiting is recruiting. Catholics schools is a major sponsor for the state tournament, wvssac doesn't want to loose that! & yes I have a public school education. You are the dumb one thinking your private education is so much better! You probably didn't even play sports, you were one of those rude catholic school kids acting like an idiot at the games!

          • Ur Dumb

            Hey Fed up, didn't we tell you to stop making yourself look dumb on the other story? Huntington Prep is a prep school they aren't affiliated with the WVSSAC which allows them to recruit for basketball and play on a National level. If you know so much about private schools recruiting then turn them in to the WVSSAC and get them disqualified. Until you have any facts to support your argument, then stop showing your public school education and stop accusing these schools of things that you have no proof of.

    • Pioneer

      Not really bashing any school, public or private.... Just stating what I see when I look at the bracket and what I see looking back over the last 15 yrs in single A... 14 of those yrs featured a private school in the finals and 13 of those yrs, a private school won the title, so again, not bashing, just stating a fact

  • Pioneer

    Wow!! 5 private schools in a single A tournament. Rarely happens in WV...lol...Those poor public schools don't stand a chance

    • Rick

      Agreed!!! Another dominating year for private schools in both girls and boys!!!!

    • big nice

      Clay battelle and Tucker both have a shot

      • Rick

        Hahahaha!!!! You must have just got back from Colorado!!!!

      • Scott

        Tucker has no chance. Definitely a down year for Tucker boys basketball. They've struggled offensively lately, and their defense is weak. If they get by ND (who I feel is overrated), they'll get destroyed by CC. Hope it goes differently though...

        • Fact Checker

          I dont think you know matchups because I don't think you knew Notre Dame beat Charleston Catholic. Just another mouth who hasn't watched any of these teams all year.

          • Scott

            Being from Tucker, I've watched ND and Tucker play twice, and I watched Tucker play CC. I know plenty about all 3 teams, and in my opinion CC is the best team. Yea ND beat CC, but it was at ND. Put the two on a neutral court and I think you'll have a different outcome. ND hasn't impressed me yet. They play hard-nosed D, but too much arrogance for my liking. Don't get me wrong, West is a stud and Cistaro can spread you out. But CC has the better coach and veteran players in George and McCarty. I've learned over the years to never pick against McClanahan in the Civic Center. Hmmmmm

        • Fact Checker

          How can they get by an (overrated) Notre Dame and get destroyed by Charleston Carholic? If Notre Dame is overrated then so is Charleston Catholic seeing as how Notre Dame beat Charleston Catholic regular season. Hmmmm

          • john

            Yes you can sure tell by the talk its a private school Class A tourney

          • Scott

            It's called matchups. TC matches up better with ND than they do with CC. Hmmmm

        • WV

          Private schools once again! Hum guess you can say recruit some more! WVSSAC will never do anything about it!

          • Rick

            If we recruited (like GE does), we'd have all 6'8' guys on the teams from all over the country!!

      • RJ

        Clay Battle won't make it past Wheeling Central seen teams twice this year and Central is by far the better team

        • HP

          WC is better but basketball is funny game and CB is well
          Rounded and is capable of beating WC on a given day.

          • TourneyTime

            CB will have its hands full with Greater Beckley.

          • bball fan

            Charleston Catholic had the 2nd toughest schedule in A according to the Metro Index CB was in the 20's PC was 3rd

          • Josh wv

            It's bs that cb is the 4th seed and nd is the 2nd seed. Cb beat them both times and cb has the 2nd toughest schedule