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Preston's Thomas Hooton Morgantown's Bobby Prim

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD -- Cabell Midland senior Mark Patton carried the Knights on his shoulders to the top of the mountain in Class AAA basketball earlier this month.

Patton, a 6-foot-9 senior who has already committed to Marshall, helped the Knights beat top-ranked South Charleston, 61-54, and a talent-laden class of seniors went out as champions.

Patton finished with a game-high 29 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, dished out four assists, had five blocks and one steal. The senior on Sunday was named captain of the Class AAA all-state team by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

For the season, he averaged 20.4 points per game.

Six seniors and a pair of juniors make up the first team.

South Charleston's Cedric Hornbuckle joins Patton. The senior averaged 20.3 points for the Black Eagles.

Martinsburg's Kevin Pittsnogle, who has committedto West Virginia, scored 21 points per game. The 6-10 senior led the Bulldogs back to the state tournament. Martinsburg did not lose a regular season game to any school in West Virginia.

Princeton's 6-8 senior pivotman Daniel Reed earned honors as well after leading the Tigers to their first sectional tournament win over rival Woodrow Wilson since 1989. He averaged 22.2 points.

The other two seniors were Riverside's Karl Booker, who led the Warriors into the state semifinals and averaged 20.5 points, and Elkins standout Nick Patella, who averaged 22 points and 11.5 rebounds, and more than eight assists.

Parkersburg South junior Matt Shamblin averaged 22 points per game and nearly led the Patriots to an upset victory over South Charleston in the opening round of the state tournament.

Rounding out the first team is Spring Valley junior Brandon Moore, who averaged 18.2 points per game. Cabell Midland kept Spring Valley from earning a state tournament berth.

The second team is captained by Fairmont Senior's Will Bridges, who averaged 15 points per game.

Sophomore Matt Estepp of Greenbrier East was the only non-senior on the second team. He averaged 17 points.

Hurricane's Brandon Halstead was the top scorer among second team selections at just over 20 points per game. Others on the second team were Preston's Tommy Hooten, Parkersburg's Pat Hudkins, Logan's John Ryan Steele, Princeton's Kory Hedrick, and Morgantown's Bobby Prim.

Boys Class AAA

all-state team


Mark Patton, Cabell Midland (capt.), 6-9, sr, 20.4 points Kevin Pittsnogle, Martinsburg, 6-10, sr, 21.0

Daniel Reed, Princeton, 6-8, sr, 22.2

Cedric Hornbuckle, South Charleston, 6-1, sr, 20.3

Karl Booker, Riverside, 6-2, sr, 20.5

Matt Shamblin, Parkersburg South, 6-2, jr, 22.0

Brandon Moore, Spring Valley, 6-3, jr, 18.2

Nick Patella, Elkins, 6-0, sr, 22.0


Will Bridges, Fairmont Senior (capt.), 6-2, sr, 15.0

Matt Estepp, Greenbrier East, 6-2, soph, 17.0

Bobby Prim, Morgantown, 6-0, sr, 13.4

John Ryan Steele, Logan, 6-2, sr, 15.0

Tommy Hooton, Preston, 6-1, sr, 18.0

Brandon Halstead, Hurricane, 6-3, sr, 20.1

Pat Hudkins, Parkersburg, 6-2, sr, 15.0

Kory Hedrick, Princeton, 6-0, sr, 14.4


Hiram Moore, Huntington (capt.), 6-0, jr, 16.0

Pat Simons, John Marshall, 6-3, sr, 21.4

Ronnie Shaver, Morgantown, 6-3, sr, 12.7

Chad Duernberger, South Charleston, 5-8, sr, 9.0

Mike McBride, Woodrow Wilson, 6-4, sr, 15.0

Mike DeFazio, Robert C. Byrd, 6-4, sr, 15.2

Cornelius Dillard, Fairmont Senior, 6-6, sr, 12.0

Shane Noel, Logan, 6-5, sr, 10.0


Ben Adkins, George Washington; Branden Barrett, Martinsburg; Joe Benjamin, South Charleston; Bobby Buffey, Robert C. Byrd; James Carpenter, Roane County; R.J. Coleman, Robert C. Byrd; Mike Drahos, John Marshall; Daniel East, Princeton; Kirk Eastham, Brooke; Shavar Greer, Woodrow Wilson; Josh Greynolds, Nicholas County; Cameron Guill, Cabell Midland; Adam Hall, Ripley; Lee Hall, South Charleston; Drew Hannah, Fairmont Senior; Chris Hartley, Preston; Nick Hedges, Morgantown; Gavin Herscher, St. Albans; Casey Jackson, University; Marc Kimes, Parkersburg; Migel Lockett, Robert C. Byrd; Tino Laughlin, Riverside; Jon Lowe, Nitro; Rocky Manchin, North Marion.

Trent McCallister, Parkersburg South; Travis McClintic, Greenbrier East; Chad McComas, Cabell Midland; Matt McGuane, Wheeling Park; Ben Merchant, Riverside; Clay Michael, Musselman; Jason Montgomery, Woodrow Wilson; Dustin Smith, Spring Valley; Kyle Scheuch, Brooke; Buck Springette, Martinsburg; Nick Squires, Parkersburg South; John Stanley, Fairmont Senior; Jared Stephens, Hurricane; Ryan Stoler, Cabell Midland; Steve Sutherland, Fairmont Senior; Forrest Trammell, Logan; Justin Vidovich, Morgantown; Casey Villars, Point Pleasant; Aaron Walker, Nitro; Cole Waybright, Ripley; Grant White, Parkersburg; Adam Williams, St. Albans; Jimmy Wyant, East Fairmont.