While the girls' high school basketball tournament tips off in Charleston
Wednesday, the boys' teams are just wrapping up regional action.

Their state tournament will start next Wednesday, March 13, but on
Tuesday night, the Class AAA field was set, as the finals were played
in all eight regions. The Class AA regionals will be played Thursday,
while Class A will hold all its regionals on Wednesday.

Those winners will converge on Charleston starting next Wednesday.
The quarterfinals will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, while
the semifinals will be played on Friday, and the championship games
in all three classes will take place on Saturday.

As for the Class AAA field, it will start on Wednesday morning at
11:45 a.m., as Parkersburg South (17-7) will meet South Charleston
(20-3). The Black Eagles are making the short trip to the Civic Center
thanks to a come-from-behind win over Logan, 40-35, in the regionals,
while the Patriots are advancing after a a thrilling, 72-67 overtime
victory over Wheeling Park.

Riverside (15-10) earned a state berth after defeating Ripley, 48-
44, in the regionals. The Warriors will tip off Wednesday at 7:45
p.m. against Martinsburg (21-4). Kevin Pittsnogle and the Bulldogs,
who have not lost to a West Virginia team this season, earned another
trip to Charleston with a 91-63 triumph over Keyser.

Greenbrier East (17-7), which will be making its first trip to the
states in nearly 15 years, upended Princeton, 51-42, in the regionals
to earn a spot in the Class AAA quarterfinals Thursday morning at
11:45. The Spartans will face Cabell Midland (22-3), which dumped
Hurricane, 49-39, Tuesday night.

In region 3, Morgantown (21-3), the number one ranked team in the
latest edition of the Metronews Power Index, ran away from No. 3
Fairmont Senior, 75-54. The Mohigans now move on to a Thursday 7:
45 p.m. meeting with Robert C. Byrd (19-5), which advanced after
a 61-58 victory from Elkins.

The winners in the quarterfinals will move on to semifinal action
Friday night. In Class AAA, the winners of Wednesday's first round
games will meet at 7:45, while Thursday's winners will tip off at
9:30 p.m. The championship game is slated to start at 7:15 p.m. on