CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Once was not enough for Hurricane.
The Redskins, who finally broke on through to the other side - a winning record - last season, want to keep it going this year. And they may have enough talent to do it.
Hurricane hit a lot of landmarks a year ago under coach Lance Sutherland - a victory over Woodrow Wilson and a win over Putnam County rival Winfield that halted a 12-year, 15-game losing streak to the Generals - and it all added up to a 13-10 record, just the second winning mark for the Redskins over the 10 previous seasons.
His fellow coaches in the Mountain State Athletic Conference sure took notice, as they voted Sutherland the league's coach of the year.
But Sutherland said he expects more after watching his team take down Logan 67-60 at Willie Akers Arena on Tuesday night to go to 2-0.
"Most definitely,'' Sutherland said. "The first goal is back-to-back winning seasons, which hasn't happened in a long time. Then the next goal is to win the sectional.
"The sectional on our side is wide open. We're all about the same. The other side is about the same, too. With South Charleston gone, we're all the same. We'd like to go to Charleston [for the state tournament].''
Class AAA's Region 4, which has been ruled by South Charleston in recent seasons, has a bit of a fresh look for 2012-13 as SC has been bumped to Region 3 along with teams like Capital and George Washington.
Hurricane finds itself in Section 1 of Region 4 along with Nitro, Point Pleasant, St. Albans and Winfield. In Section 2 are Cabell Midland, Huntington, Lincoln County, Logan and Spring Valley.
The Redskins seem to have a little bit of everything this year - shooters in Trey Dawson, Ace Estep and Ian Miles, a slashing point guard in Rasaan Harris and some height in 6-foot-4 Henry Sorsaia and 6-5 junior Ethan Renick.
Renick, however, suffered a badly sprained ankle in practice and hasn't been able to play yet. Sorsaia, at the moment, is the only regular taller than 6-2.
"If we can get everybody to play to our tempo,'' Sutherland said, "then that kind of evens everything out. The height disadvantage will play in our favor, but if we play against teams that slow it down, well, we have size. It just doesn't play to our game we want to play right now.''
Hurricane visits Capital Friday. The Redskins won that game last year 59-58.
Dots' numbers down
Allen Osborne has seen a lot come and go in his 35 seasons as basketball coach at Poca. But this is a relatively new one on him.
His squad started off the season without a junior varsity team. The Dots simply didn't have enough players when 15 showed up for preseason practice, two quit and another was injured.
Osborne said it's never happened in his lengthy tenure at Poca.