What are the odds Bluefield High WV doesn't win a title?

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  1. Fairlawncat

    Fairlawncat VaPreps Rookie
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    A couple work buddies from Bluefield have told me as many as 8 kids from Graham (Bluefield, VA) may transfer to Bluefield High (Bluefield, WV).

    With a talent pool already through the roof for an AA program in West Virginia and a school that seems to nearly always be in the mix for a state title and having won a ton of them in football, it's scary to think what that bunch will be on the field if they do have that many kids from Graham come across the border and play there.

    I've been told one transfer will be the All American lineman from Graham. The problem with waiting and assuming football will be played in the spring is just that.....it's an assumption and a big assumption when considering the Virus, Vaccine possibilty, and the political ideology of the Virginia governor. Lots of stuff up in the air (no pun intended).

    With the above written, there's no guarantee West VA will have football this spring, but it looks like they probably will. If that happens, I could see a couple from Narrows transferring to James Monroe, Gate City kids transferring to some of the Sullivan County, TN, schools, etc. Take a kid like the All American at Ridgeview which sets close to the Kentucky border. Is this kid just going to not play? Pike County and Letcher County are close by.

    I suspect there will be quite a few kids along the borders to transfer IF those bordering states play football. I also suspect it will be some of the best players on their respective teams.

    As for Bluefield High, WV, I'm not taking the field. I'm taking them to win another WV state title in their storied history.
     
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    I live in West Virginia and would say they would be a runner up. Fred Simon manages to do less with more and outside of their QB I can’t think of a notable skill player returning for them even though they do have some kids that have been waiting for their turn.
     
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    I don't know what the Beavers return, bit I can assure of this. They usually reload. Simon is a fantastic coach, but I disagree on one thing. They don't do more with less. They do more with more.
     
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    I dont like when kids transfer, but this is a situation that it makes perfect sense to transfer out. Only issue is I don't think they can transfer back and play another sport at the original school for a calendar year. Could someone verify?
     
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    I'm sure that all of the other WV schools on Bluefield's schedule will be closely looking at any transfers to make sure that it was done with the required physical move. I think they can transfer back one time, but if it happens again then they lose eligibility. But any move has to be accompanied by a physical household move.
     
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    I’ve watched Bluefield play multiple times and with all the D1 talent they have, it’s crazy they only have won 1 state championship this past decade. If you watched last years state championship game where they lost they got beat by a team that only ran two plays. Simon should have at least four state championships with the talent they get.
     
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    No truth to the rumor of 8 players transferring. I have heard of possibly 1 and not the one you mentioned. No guarantee that WV will play either. It sounds like they wanna play come hail or high water. But cases in WV are rising. I guess that we shall see. I live here on the state line and there is also a little concern that some Bluefield players may transfer to Graham because of virus concerns and to get seen by scouts in the spring. 2 sides to the coin, I guess, but 99 percent of all of that is just people talking.
     
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    You are right, he should have more than 4 state titles... He has 5, in 11 championship appearances. Im sure you mean in the past decade, but I disagree. Last year, they got manhandled at the line of scrimmage and some may have seen that coming their line was the big question mark all year last season and they got handled against a more physical team. Bridgeport ran that stacked I to perfection.
     
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    With Adkins (Ridgeview), there were a lot of rumors even before COVID that he may transfer to Pikeville (dominant 1A program in Kentucky). Those rumors eventually flamed out I reckon, but if KHSAA decides to play in the fall, he may consider it, who knows?
     
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    19GHS87, it makes since that there's no truth to that rumor. I questioned it when I heard it. 8 is a LOT! I have never been a fan of the whole High School Transfer thing, but like one poster mentioned, in this particular case, I guess I would be for it if the opportunity were possible and I knew my kid was safe.

    I would like to see all states make more use of the COVID antibody test. I had a cold in early March after traveling with my wife to Chicago on a visit to see a dying relative. My wife had no cold, nothing. Well, last week we took a COVID Antibody test which will tell you IF you had Covid-19 in the past and it tells you if you are currently immune to it. Low and behold, my wife and I both tested positive for the antibodies. We were/are elated to have that news.

    I understand the research still isn't clear on how long you have immunity after you have had the C-19 virus, but for us, we would have had it in early March and as of July 6, my wife and I still have the antibodies which signals a resistance to contracting the virus. I would like to see all states and even anyone reading this to consider getting the antibody test of you feel you might have had the virus in the past, or even for a piece of mind. Ours cost 100 bucks each, but to tell you the truth, getting a result of positive antibodies actually put us at ease and have us a piece of mind. What I'm getting at is, there are lots of people out there worried about the C-19 and many have already had it and have an immunity to it, or at least some immunity to getting it again, and they don't even know it, and there is a test out there that can tell you that, but unlike the actual Covid-19 test which is free or very cheap and tells you if you currently have the virus, the COVID antibody test is not free and it costs around 100 bucks and will tell you if you had the virus in the past and whether you have current immunity to the virus (almost like getting a vaccine).

    Last of all, the COVID 19 Antibody test can be ordered by you and you do not need a doctor's order. You don't need to see your doctor for a referral. You go online, search for COVID antibody test, pay the 100 bucks, go directly to the lab for a blood draw, and you get your results in 2-3 days.
     
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    My company paid for it for all employees. I took the test last Friday and got back the results Sunday. Negative, but I rarely get sick anyway.
     
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    Fairlawn, if the VHSL comes out in a couple of weeks and says no football at all, then you may see a few transfer over. I think a lot rides on that decision for the border athletes. Couldn't really blame them, especially if they are seniors. I would expect Bluefield to gain a few players and not just Graham players I think its a little easier to transfer to WV to play then it is to transfer to VA. Bluefield lost a ton last year and their 4 star athlete moved to California. Graham lost a lot too, but I would bet on Graham over Bluefield this year and definitely next based on what they were returning. Im hoping for WV to change plans and both teams playing in the spring. Who knows what will happen. Wouldnt surprise me if neither state played at all either.
     
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    GHS, is that the Johnson kid, defensive back? Huge loss for the Beavers.
     
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    Yes. He was reported to be headed to IMG. He is moving to California, howevee. Article in the paper insinuated that he had issues with the coaching staff at Bluefield.
     
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    Johnson played in 6 games for Bluefield in 3 years. Bluefield actually returns quite a lot.
     
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    Bluefield lost every one of their 5- D1 recruits. They lost a LOT. They usually have plenty of depth, but still will be a big dropoff. They may get a player or 2 to cross the state line, if football is played in WV this fall.
     
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    Also, does anybody have a revised schedule for Bluefield? They lost 4-Virginia opponents and are down to 6 opponents. It is always hard for them to find an opponent on the WV side. Nobody in the area wants to play them. I checked the WVSSAC website and it still has their old schedule with the Virginia opponents.
     
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    https://www.timesnews.net/sports/ri...cle_9f7c6e52-d1d3-11ea-84d3-e3e99c68402c.html

    Looking like Adkins will transfer to Pikeville or Dobyns-Bennett (Tennessee). If he wants a ring, then Pikeville would be the guaranteed spot as Pikeville will win one with or without him.

    Hoping he chooses D-B though as that's who I follow on the Tennessee side. Can a difference maker like Adkins be the difference in competing with the likes of powerhouses like Maryville and Oakland in 6A? Still kind of a tall task.
     

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