Here's a quick capsule look at the rest of the schools in the Kanawha Valley in alphabetical order with last year's record in parentheses:
Capital (5-10-4): The Cougars lost 15 seniors but have some leadership in returning seniors Zach Koontz, Logan Garrison and Fernando Martinez.
George Washington (16-6-2): The Patriots, who finished fifth in the final AAA ratings, took it on the chin with a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Parkersburg in the state semifinals.
GW, though, looks to be up to the challenge again this year with Garrett Phillips, a AAA all-state first-team goalie, Connor Boyd, Mark Dundervill, Drew Davis, Peter Nelson, Noah Miller and Andrew Wells back for another shot. Miller paced the Patriots with 12 goals while Nelson (nine) and Davis (six) showed a propensity to score. Logan O'Hara, Grant Platz, Bailey Johnson and Daniel Glines will provide depth.
Herbert Hoover (6-13-2): The Huskies will take a hit with six seniors gone, but seniors Thomas Canterbury (defender), Jesse Weese (striker) and Brett Strickland (keeper) return to key positions.
Nitro (13-9-0): The No. 14 Wildcats lost all of their offense and will lean heavily on seniors Alec Bailey and J.P. Maurer, juniors Chase Kirk, Alec Miller, Austin McKitrick and Chase Jarrett and sophomores Dylan Cavender and Chris Klocke, who will start in goal.
Riverside (6-12-3): Senior Cameron Norris was one of the top scorers in the Valley with 20 goals at forward last year while senior Austin Ballengee returns at goalie.
St. Albans (4-12-2): The Red Dragons have some experience in seniors Jack Wiles, who scored a team-high 12 goals, David Atwood, Nate Beck, Derrick Bumgardner, Ben Gregg and Sam Heywood. Junior Brian Knight, who returns at goalie, and sophomore Chance Cavender will also play key roles.
Sissonville (11-5-3): The Indians, who finished fifth in the AA-A rankings, hope to take the next step with seniors Josh Rawson, Hunter White, Zack Smith, Andy Minsker and Dylan Asbury returning along with juniors Sam Gary and J.R. Stricklen, who will step into goal so Gary can use his strength on the pitch.
South Charleston (14-5-1): The Black Eagles, who were seventh in AAA, fell in the sectional championship game to GW on penalty kicks and lost eight seniors to graduation. Senior Kwesi Wilkerson and junior Jonah Cosby netted a team-high seven goals last year. Seniors Chris Brown, Devonyet Harris and Derek Nelson along with juniors Jared Butler and Noah Riley, both two-year starters, form a solid nucleus. Junior Jacob Gordon will be a first-year starter in goal.
Winfield (14-5-2): Steven Taylor, a junior who tallied a team-high 26 goals, is among six returning starters for the No. 4 Generals, who lost to Hurricane in the sectional title game. Seniors Bryce Boggs (keeper) and Jeffrey Samples and juniors Austin Miller, Noah Laliberty and Jessie Richmond will lead the way.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.