Devils remain in Top 10 of Class AA

Mark Martin

The 2021 West Virginia high school basketball season is different in so many ways.

For starters, the season continues.

COVID-19 caused a delay not once, but twice. Thus, those delays prevented teams from not starting their seasons until the beginning of March.

The state tournament for girls will now be at the end of April and early May while the boys event takes place the first full week of May.

In addition to the odd calendar for the season, this year also marks the first for the new four-class setup.

Ravenswood, which moved from Class A to Class AA this season, continues to be ranked in the Top 10.

The latest Associated Press polls for boys and girls were released earlier this week.

The Runnin’ Red Devils were No. 7 in the Class AA division.

Williamstown, a team Ravenswood has played, held down the top spot.

Charleston Catholic, another Devil opponent this season, was tied with Poca for No. 2. Both teams are a part of Ravenswood’s new region.

Following the Irish and Dots were St. Marys, another team Ravenswood has faced this season, and Magnolia. Just in front of the Red Devils at No. 6 is Clay County.

Chapmanville, Wyoming East and Braxton County follow Ravenswood in the Top 10.

The new Class AAAA has Morgantown at No. 1. Huntington, George Washington, Cabell Midland, Martinsburg, Greenbrier East, South Charleston, Wheeling Park and Jefferson all gained Top 10 status this week.

Class AAA’s leader is Robert C. Byrd with Fairmont Sr. at No. 2. Shady Spring, Nitro, a Ripley opponent this season, Wheeling Central, Herbert Hoover, North Marion, Clarksburg Notre Dame and Grafton round it out.

Class A’s top team is Man. Pendleton County, James Monroe, Tug Valley, Clay-Battelle, Greenbrier West, Webster, Greater Beckley Christian, Tolsia and Cameron also made the Top 10 list in voting by sports writers across the state.

Girls Class AAAA has Huntington at No. 1 followed by Wheeling Park, Cabell Midland, Morgantown, George Washington, Beckley Woodrow Wilson, Capital, a Ripley Lady Viking opponent, Bridgeport, University and Parkersburg.

AAA’s top team is Fairmont Senior with rival North Marion at No. 2. Wayne and Nitro, two Ripley opponents, follow,  Huntington St. Joe. Logan, East Fairmont, PikeView, Lincoln County and Midland Trail make up the remainder of the Top 10.

Class AA’s leader is Parkersburg Catholic with St. Marys at No. 2. Both have faced Ravenswood this season. Frankfort, Wyoming East, Mingo Central, Summers County, Charleston Catholic, Williamstown, Ritchie County and Trinity Christian round out the Top 10. Ravenswood’s Devilettes have also met Williamstown and Ritchie this season.

Gilmer County is the top team in Class A. Tucker County, Webster County, Calhoun, Cameron, James Monroe, Tug Valley, River View, Tolsia and Sherman also earned Top 10 honors this week.