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Kyle Lovern


Sports Editor


The Tug Valley Panthers are ranked No. 4 in Class A in this week’s Associated Press boys’ basketball poll.


The Panthers have a record of 3-1 as teams head into the January slate of their schedule.


Tug Valley’s only loss came at the hands of Class AA Westside, who comes in ranked No. 2 in their class.


Coach Garland “Rabbit” Thompson lost four seniors from last year’s state championship squad, including a pair of all-staters, Austin Brewer and Mikey Newsome.


His young squad only has one senior starter in forward/center Thomas Baisden.


Tug Valley was scheduled to play county rival Mingo Central on Tuesday at home, but the inclement weather forced the postponement of that game. The tentative makeup date for that game is Tuesday, February 18. The two teams are slated to play at MCHS on Tuesday, January 28.


Thompson’s Panthers are scheduled to take on regional foe Greater Beckley Christian on Friday night. GBC is ranked No. 5 and that game is on the road for TVHS. Tug Valley will return home on Saturday night playing host to Roane County.


Other teams from the region ranked in Class AA are No. 4 Wyoming East, No. 5 Chapmanville and No. 8 Scott. Bluefield is ranked No. 1 in Class A.


In Single A, Charleston Catholic is ranked No. 1, followed by Wheeling Central and Huntington St. Joseph.


In Class 3A Washington, Huntington and South Charleston hold the top three spots.


The Associated Press high school boys basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:


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Class AAA


1. Washington (9) 7-0 90 -


2. Huntington 3-0 69 -


3. South Charleston 4-0 52 -


4. Hedgesville 7-1 46 -


5. Greenbrier East 6-2 39 -


6. Capital 3-0 37 -


7. Parkersburg South 7-0 33 -


8. Musselman 5-0 32 -


9. Wheeling Park 4-2 29 -


10. Woodrow Wilson 1-2 28 -


Others receiving votes: Martinsburg 22, Hurricane 7, Winfield 5, George Washington 4, Preston 2.


Class AA


1. Bluefield (9) 5-0 90 -


2. Westside 4-1 68 -


3. Robert C. Byrd 5-0 65 -


4. Wyoming East 4-0 63 -


5. Chapmanville 6-1 54 -


6. Poca 4-1 48 -


7. Bridgeport 3-2 31 -


8. Scott 5-3 23 -


9. Fairmont Senior 3-3 16 -


10. Liberty Raleigh 5-1 15 -


Others receiving votes: Nicholas County 8, Ravenswood 5, Roane County 5, Grafton 2, Petersburg 2.


Class A


1. Charleston Catholic (5) 4-1 80 -


2. Wheeling Central (3) 5-0 76 -


3. Saint Joseph Central (1) 7-0 59 -


4. Tug Valley 3-1 52 -


5. Greater Beckley Christian 5-0 45 -


6. Parkersburg Catholic 5-3 42 -


7. Notre Dame 5-2 28 -


8. Madonna 4-1 26 -


9. Tucker County 5-1 24 -


10. Buffalo 5-1 13 -


Others receiving votes: Valley Fayette 12, Bishop Donahue 11, Gilmer County 11, Magnolia 10, Williamstown 5, St. Marys 1.

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