MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A significant early-season matchup is set for Wednesday night out of Class AAA Region 1 as Morgantown hosts rival University – it’s the most recent challenge for the Class AAA defending state champion Mohigans.

The Hawks are 8-0 on the season with an impressive road win at Parkersburg South, 60-54. Morgantown, meanwhile, is coming off of its first boys basketball state championship from a year ago where the Mohigans didn’t lose a game.

With re-classification moving Parkersburg and Parkersburg South out of Region 1 to Region 4, both University and Morgantown will be favored to advance this year from Region 1 — something that will undoubtedly add even more to the rivalry between the two schools.

“I think last year, the rivalry started to (pick up),” Tallman said. “University looks really good and respect what they’re doing. They were very competitive last year and we had to beat them four times. It was a fight until the fourth quarter when we were able to take control of those games. But they were younger and they have their nucleus back. It should be a packed house (on Wednesday night).”

A MetroNews High School Sportsline interview with Morgantown coach Dave Tallman is posted at the top of the page.

Morgantown saw its 31-game winning streak come to an end earlier this season in dramatic fashion, falling to Kennedy Catholic (PA) 67-64 on a buzzer-beater shot from beyond half-court. Still, the Mohigans entered the week at 6-1 and have a key win themselves over Class AA defending state champion Fairmont Senior, 58-47.

“We had a tremendous offseason and we have a good group of kids with a really good nucleus,” Tallman said. “People are kind of overlooking us, but we’re probably deeper than we were last year and these kids deserve to win – they’ve really put the work in.”

The Mohigans lost four starters from that state championship team, but returned senior point guard Nicky Solomon who averaged 11 points per game a year ago and was a member of the Class AAA all-tournament team.

“Nicky put on 25 pounds of muscle in the offseason and he has looked really good,” Tallman said. “He’s a tremendous kid and tremendous leader for our team. He goes so hard every day.”

Senior guard Torin Hanson has also emerged as a significant scoring threat, while 6-foot-5, 230 pound sophomore center Nick Malone and senior forward Deon Agnew have molded into bigger roles as well.

“We’ve built the expectation of effort, pressure and the things that we do,” Tallman said. “We’re going to get after it and really guard – that effort has been great. They’ve been bringing the energy and our seniors our doing an excellent job. You can tell the program is kind of built and reloading, because those (seniors) are extra coaches on the floor and it’s neat to see.”

Buckhannon-Upshur and Preston join Morgantown and University in Region 1, Section 2, while Brooke, John Marshall and Wheeling Park make up the opposing section.

MORGANTOWN
Senior Basketball Schedule
1 Cancelled5:45 JV OnlyPMH – ROBERT C. BYRD  
2 Cancelled5:45 JV OnlyPMH – BUCKHANNON-UPSHUR  
3 12/16/166:00 / 7:30PMH – ELKINS
9743  W
4 12/17/169:30 / 11:00PMH – WESTSIDE
5140  W
5 12/20/165:45 / 7:30 PMH – PRESTON HIGH SCHOOL 7834  W
6 12/22/165:45 / 7:30 PMA – BUCKHANNON-UPSHUR 6841  W
7 Cancelled6:00 JV onlyPMA – BRIDGEPORT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL  
8 12/29/166:45 / 8:00PMH – KENNEDY CATHOLIC
6467  L
9 12/30/164:30, 6:15 / 8:00PMH – FAIRMONT SENIOR5847  W
10 01/03/175:45 / 7:30PMA – WHEELING PARK 6334  W
11 Cancelled5:45 / 7:30PMH – PARKERSBURG SOUTH  
12 01/11/175:45 / 7:30PMH – UNIVERSITY  
13 01/13/175:45 / 7:30PMH – JOHN MARSHALL  
14 01/16/174:00PMH – MUSSELMAN AT FAIRMONT  
15 01/18/175:45 / 7:30PMA – PARKERSBURG SOUTH  
16 01/21/174:30 / 6:00PMA – MARTINSBURG  
17 01/23/175:45 / 7:30PMH – BROOKE HIGH SCHOOL  
18 01/27/175:45 / 7:30PMA – UNIVERSITY  
19 02/03/17TBA Varsity onlyPMA – BIG ATLANTIC CLASSIC AT BECKLEY  
20 CancelledTBA Varsity onlyPMA – BIG ATLANTIC CLASSIC AT BECKLEY  
21 02/04/17TBA Varsity onlyPMA – BIG ATLANTIC CLASSIC AT BECKLEY  
22 02/08/176:45PMA – BECKLEY SHOOTOUT IN THE BIG HOUSE @ CHARLESTON CIVIC CENTER  
23 02/10/175:45 / 7:30PMH – WHEELING PARK  
24 02/14/175:45 / 7:30PMA – OVAC SEMIFINALS  
25 Cancelled7:15 JV onlyPMH – BRIDGEPORT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL  
26 02/18/1712:30PMA – OVAC CHAMPIONSHIP @ OHIO U. EASTERN  
27 02/20/175:45 / 7:30PMH – MARTINSBURG  
28 03/01/177:00PMA – SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL TBD  
29 03/03/177:00PMA – SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TBD  
30 03/07/177:00PMA – REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TBD  
31 03/15/1711:15 / 7:15PMA – STATE TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS @ CHARLESTON CIVIC CENTER  
32 03/16/1711:15 / 7:15PMA – STATETOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS @ CHARLESTON CIVIC CENTER  
33 03/17/175:30 / 9:00PMA – STATE TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS @ CHARLESTON CIVIC CENTER  
34 03/18/177:15 PMA – STATE CHAMPIONSHIP @ CHARLESTON CIVIC CENTER  
 wins: 6   lost: 1   ties: 0

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