It was a long, strange trip for the Tygarts Valley boys basketball team this week.
Competing in the Big Atlantic Classic in Beckley, the Bulldogs attended a banquet, featuring Carolina Panther quarterback Cam Newton, on Sunday. Tygarts Valley then defeated Valley Fayette on Monday, bused back to Mill Creek early Tuesday morning, then returned Wednesday to face Greenbrier West in the Class A championship game of the event, which they won.
To make the trip more eventful, Tygarts Valley's game against the Cavaliers didn't start until 10:30 p.m. because of the triple-overtime affair in the contest beforehand.
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Tygarts Valley and senior Brett Griffith captured the Class A title Wednesday at the Big Atlantic Classic being held in Beckley. The Bulldogs defeated Greenbrier West in the championship game.
"It was definitely an interesting experience," Bulldog coach Tom Wamsley said. "But our kids were terrific with everything. We came down here, beat two good teams and represented the area very well in my opinion."
Wamsley's squad has little time to rest, however, as Tygarts Valley is slated to host South Harrison at 7:30 p.m. today in West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament play.
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SPECIAL?EVENT: The Tygarts Valley girls basketball team will host a special event on Wednesday night.
The Lady Bulldogs will don white and pink uniforms in their home contest against South Harrison to raise awareness about cancer.
All gate proceeds will be donated to the Cancer Center at Davis Memorial Hospital. The team recently sold t-shirts to the community and they are asked to wear them to the game.
The American Cancer Society will be on hand to talk to residents and give tips to help prevent cancer.
Also before the game, the Lady Bulldogs will honor any cancer survivor and their caregivers.
The event is part of Tygarts Valley standout Shanda Howell's senior project.
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WEATHER?WOES:?Tucker County's Jimmy Ambrose was a happy coach on Wednesday night.
And his team's win over Tygarts Valley wasn't the only reason.
"I was glad we were able to play two games this week," Ambrose said. "Because of the weather, we've not had too many full practices, and games have been postponed."
"It's hard to stay in rhythm as a team when you can't get on the court."
Unfortunately for Ambrose, more poor weather is predicted today, which could jeopardize the Lady Mountain Lions' home contest against Pendleton County.
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RANKINGS: Tucker County is second in this week's WVMetroNews Power Index for Class A high school boys basketball teams.
The Mountain Lions have captured 12 straight contests since falling to Preston in their season opener.
Tygarts Valley, meanwhile, is 10th.
The top teams are Martinsburg in Class AAA, Fairmont Senior (AA) and Charleston Catholic (A).
Tucker County is slated to host Charleston Catholic Feb. 8.