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Prep Notebook: All-state football released this week

Dec. 09, 2012 @ 11:04 PM

Final exclamation points on the high school football season will be penned this week when the all-state teams are released by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

It was a banner year for teams in the Tri-State. Teams in The Herald-Dispatch circulation area made it to each of the three state championship games at the Super Six in Wheeling.

Cabell Midland advanced to the Class AAA championship while Wayne won its second consecutive Class AA title against Keyser. In Class A, Wahama won its first-ever championship in thrilling fashion over Weirton Madonna.

With great teams come great players and personally, this was the most success the Tri-State has seen overall in my 13 years of covering high school sports.

As voted on by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association, all-state teams feature two squads -- a first team and a second team -- in each of the three classifications. There are 26 players in all on each team, which is broken down to 13 on offense and 13 on defense.

These are the best of the best, and it is a great accomplishment.

In addition to the 26 players on each of the first two teams, there is a special honorable mention and honorable mention category in each classification.

It should make for exciting times when the lists are released this week.

The Class A All-State teams shall be released in Tuesday's paper.

Class AA's All-State teams will be seen in the Thursday sports section.

The Class AAA All-State selections will be revealed in Sunday's edition of The Herald-Dispatch.

CORRECTION: Huntington High defensive back Clark Wilson was listed as having made the all-state football team in Saturday's paper.

All-state teams have not been released yet.

Wilson was named as a first team player in the Mountain State Athletic Conference, and his name was left out of the original story which ran on Friday.

COACHING RUMOR: Rumors are circulating that Huntington High football assistant Steven Freeman will be the next head coach at Riverside High School, replacing Ralph Hensley who retired at the end of the season.

In addition to serving on Huntington High's staff, Freeman has also seen time on the staff at Cabell Midland.

MCMASTER SHINES AT RIO: Former Chesapeake standout Austin McMaster finished with 25 points on Saturday in the University of Rio Grande's 109-46 win over Ohio University-Lancaster.

Grant Traylor is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or gtraylor@herald-dispatch.com. Follow him on Twitter (@GrantTraylor).