No homely teams in big-school state field
No teams with losing records were able to reach the big-school state tournament field this season.
The eight-team field appears to be open to any of six schools winning the championship. There are no unbeatens and no teams with just one or two losses.
Top-seeded Capital will play in its back yard as will fifth-seeded George Washington.
University has the second-seed and plays seventh-seeded Martinsburg in the first round.
The remainder of the first-round games have Capital against No. 8 seed Parkersburg South and its 14-11 record; third-seeded Huntington going against sixth-seeded Musselman and fourth-seeded Morgantown facing fifth-seeded George Washington.
Musselman defeated Jefferson in a regional game to qualify for the state tournament. It was the Applemen’s third win in three 2016-17 games against Jefferson this season. Jefferson completed it second consecutive losing season with a 12-13 overall record.
Martinsburg eliminated Washington in another regional game to join the field in Charleston. Washington also completed another losing season, going 8-16 overall.
The Class AA state tournament field had three teams with either mediocre or losing records claim spots. Eighth-seeded Herbert Hoover was 13-13 but is a sentimental choice because of the floods that ravaged the school this past summer.
Lincoln comes in with a 12-13 record and sixth-seeded Wyoming East was 15-10 overall.
Fairmont Senior is the top-seeded Class AA team with Bluefield getting the No. 2 seed. Chapmanville has the third-seed and then comes fourth-seeded Philip Barbour in a very rare state tournament appearance for the Colts. Mingo Central claimed the No. 5 seed.
In the small-school ranks it is Wheeling Central Catholic getting the No. 1 seed.
Ravenswood has the second-seed and the state’s only unbeaten team, Fayetteville, has the No. 3 seed.
Clarksburg Notre Dame is the No. 4 seed with Gilmer County coming into Charleston as the No. 5 seed.
Weirton Madonna is the sixth-seed followed by Parkersburg’s St. Joseph Central Catholic in No. 7 and Valley of Fayette as the eighth-seed.
All three classes will crown their champions on Saturday, Mar. 18.