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In its 10th year of existence, WVHIT still going strong

The Inter-Mountain file photo Tygarts Valley and Clay-Battelle are two of the teams competing in the WVHIT.

MILL CREEK – The West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament is still going strong in its 10th season of existence.

The WVHIT provides smaller public single-A schools in the state an opportunity to play in a tournament-like atmosphere.

While the girls — in their eighth season of participating — began WVHIT action last weekend, the boys will take to the court tonight.

The tournament is broken down into Division I and Division II, and contests will be held over the next several weeks, leading up to the championship weekends in February.

Boys teams competing in Division I include Clay-Battelle, Greenbrier West, St. Marys, Ritchie County, Tygarts Valley, Tolsia, South Harrison, Buffalo, East Hardy and Van.

Clay-Battelle and Greenbrier West are the top seeds in D-I and are ranked seventh and sixth, respectively, in this week’s AP poll.

Division II entries are top-seed Hundred, Harman, Paw Paw, Montcalm, Meadow Bridge, Union and Paden City.

“We’re certainly still around and haven’t went away,” said WVHIT president and Tygarts Valley boys coach Tom Wamsley.

As part of the WVHIT schedule, Wamsley’s Bulldogs will host Ritchie County at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.

Coach Wamsley, in his 30th season at Tygarts Valley, will also be honored during the evening with the hardwood at the school gym being branded Weber-Wamsley Court.

Bill Weber coached the TV boys from 1926-29 and again from 1946-63.

He passed away in 2004 at the age of 99.

WVHIT boys schedule

Division I

(First two rounds)

Today

East Hardy at Ritchie County

South Harrison at Greenbrier West

Buffalo at Clay-Battelle

Saturday, Jan. 25

Tolsia at St. Marys

Thursday, Jan. 30

Greenbrier West at South Harrison

Friday, Jan. 31

Ritchie County at Tygarts Valley

Clay-Battelle at Buffalo

Saturday, Feb. 1

St. Marys at Van

Tygarts Valley at East Hardy

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Van at Tolsia

Division II

(All three rounds)

Today

Meadow Bridge at Hundred

Paden City at Harman

Saturday, Jan. 25

Union at Paw Paw

Friday, Jan. 31

Montcalm at Calhoun County (non-member game)

Harman at Union

Saturday, Feb. 1

Hundred at Meadow Bridge

Paden City at Paw Paw

Friday, Feb. 7

Meadow Bridge at Montcalm

Saturday, Feb. 8

Montcalm at Hundred

Paw Paw at Harman

Union at Paden City