CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Thanks to a sensational performance from sophomore guard Chase Harler, Wheeling Central took home the Class A state championship in Charleston on Saturday with the 64-55 victory over Charleston Catholic.

Check out the postgame press conference below from Wheeling Central coach Mel Stephens, senior forward David Park, and sophomore Chase Harler.

We also hear from Charleston Catholic coach Bill McClanahan, senior forward Nick George, and senior guard Garrett McCarty following the loss.


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  • I'm honest at least

    Let me explain in plain english......it's more about the single A kids getting a fair shot and right now that is not what's happening. Private school parents made a choice if the public schools are not good enough fund your own sports league.

    • MJM

      You are honest but misinformed. Private schools participate financially in WVSSAC. Moreover, the parents that pay private school tuitions, also pay taxes and levies that go directly to the public school system -- and, for which they receive no offsetting tax deduction. So in reality, they not only fund the private school sports activities but "your own" public sports activities as well.

  • Private School Proud

    So let me get this straight, you idiots feel that the private schools should have to move up a class to even the score.... Really? now just what sense would that make, if I'm right, I think I counted approximately 140 some schools who participate in the WVSSAC, ONLY 9 of them are Private Schools. it's not rocket science people, if the non private schools can't even make it "Down State" then it sounds to me like they need to find a new coach or practice harder. I cant speak for any of the other private schools but Wheeling Central has NO need to recruit, the student athletes pool from the Parochial Schools has plenty of talent. Stop being jealous, respect the hard work of these kids and their parents who not only pay tuition but taxes to keep the public schools afloat. and remember if all the private schools closed tomorrow, the public schools would be in deep water cause they couldn't afford the extra students

    • Irish_time

      Don't try Private School Proud - haters always going to hate. Every CCHS player has been enrolled there since 6th grade and all but one attended a Catholic elementary feeder school. Haters ignore that because they can't deal with facts. The haters hail from towns/schools which never could win state titles even when public schools (now closed to consolidation) won state titles.

  • SJ

    For those of you who dismiss this game as a private school event with little attendance, it is a shame that you do not care more about the game of basketball. You missed the opportunity to view several very talented athletes. (Indeed, there were several college coaches in attendance for this very reason.) For instance, you missed the opportunity to see David Park square off against Nick George. David Park and Nick George, although opposing each other in this game, played AAU basketball this past summer on a team with only 8 players who made it to the final 8 in the 11th grade, division 1 National AAU tournament in Orlando. Coach K, Coach Williams, and our own Coach Huggins among others, attended the game to see this Cinderella team play even though it didn't stand a chance of winning the tournament. If you love the game, you love watching it played well in all forms and at all levels.

  • fayette

    Watch the AA championship left came back for AAA championship

  • Wilson

    KJMS, watch the highlights. Seats everywhere for the Class A Championship. I heard several people from all around the state saying they had no interest in the game. Smallest attended tournament in many , many years. It was a sad sight. I have been going for 27 straight years. I can see something is missing, don't know what it is but, way to many empty seats this year. As for the A game , Wheeling and Charleston had their share of fans, but other basketball fans didn't seem interested.

  • No to private schools

    The private school legacy gets really old.

  • Fred

    empty seats courtside ! HUNDREDS !!!

    • KJMS

      well there were empty seats courtside for the AA game also.

  • Fred

    I could care less about the private school championship

    • SJ

      For those of you who dismiss this game as a private school event with little attendance, it is a shame that you do not care more about the game of basketball. You missed the opportunity to view several very talented athletes. (Indeed, there were several college coaches in attendance for this very reason.) For instance, you missed the opportunity to see David Park square off against Nick George. David Park and Nick George, although opposing each other in this game, played AAU basketball this past summer on a team with only 8 players who made it to the final 8 in the 11th grade, division 1 National AAU tournament in Orlando. Coach K, Coach Williams, and our own Coach Huggins among others, attended the game to see this Cinderella team play even though it didn't stand a chance of winning the tournament. If you love the game, you love watching it played well in all forms and at all levels.