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West Virginia sectionals get started in Va.

January 24, 1997

By SHELDON SHEALER

Staff Writer

INWOOD, W.Va. - Which state's playoff game is this anyway?

On March 4, Musselman and Hampshire are scheduled to play a West Virginia Class AAA Region II, Sectional 2 contest at James Wood High School in Winchester, Va.

In West Virginia, sectional playoff games are played at neutral sites. To Musselman athletic director Charles Cline, Frankfort, W.Va., was simply too far away. For Hampshire, a two-hour bus ride to either Martinsburg High School or Shepherd College was out of the question.

Cline's solution was to move the game to Virginia.

"What's it matter?" Cline asked. "The only requirement is that we need to use West Virginia officials."

James Wood is located about 35 minutes from Musselman, about one hour from Hampshire.

Cline said he contacted James Wood officials to secure use of the gym, then made the necessary calls and paperwork to appease the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Committee, the governing body of the state's athletics.

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Game time is 7 p.m. Gates will open at 6.

The Region II, Section 1 pairings, which involve Hedgesville, Jefferson and Martinsburg, should be determined this week, according to Hedgesville athletic director Don Dellinger.

The Section 1 and 2 champions meet for the regional title and ultimately a berth in the eight-team state playoffs.

Full-court press

When Mercersburg Academy recently dealt Troy (N.Y.) Holy Redemption a 30-point defeat at the Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md., , further investigation was needed. The Blue Devils, ranked No. 6 in The Herald-Mail Top 10, have three or four legitimate Division I players, yet Redemption has Lamar Odom, considered by many as the top prep player in the country. Come to find out, Odom missed the game for undisclosed reasons. Odom returned the following night to lead Redemption past Cardozo, which was ranked No. 2 in the Washington Post. ... Williamsport has gone from follower to leader in the course of five days. Before last Friday, the Wildcats trailed Middletown in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League standings. A victory over the Knights created a first-place tie in the league on Friday. On Tuesday, Middletown was upset by Walkersville, giving the Wildcats a one-game lead in the title race. ... Broadfording Christian Academy has won five of its last six games, thanks in part to Mark Proctor. Proctor, a 6-1 senior, scored a career-high 39 points in a victory over Carroll Christian. He's averaging 21.8 points over the past six games.

Around The State

Sherwood is in search of something special. The Montgomery County Class 4A school is 13-1 and ranked No. 11 in the state. Less than two months ago, Sherwood won a football state title. Only once - Churchill in 1977-78 -has a school won both the Class 4A (previously AA) football and basketball state titles in the same school year. The Warriors are led by Rice-bound forward Shawn Tyndell, who's averaged 20.3 points per game. ... Centennial starts the second half of its Howard County league schedule tonight, and the Eagles (13-0) are the only undefeated Class 3A team in the state.

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