For the first time in school history, the Oak Hill High School boys soccer team will participate in the state soccer tournament later this week.

Oak Hill (12-5-2) defeated James Monroe 4-3 last Thursday in Bluefield for the Class AA-A Region 3 crown. The Red Devils earlier posted a 2-1 victory over Pocahontas County in the sectional final.

“Those were pretty tough games,” coach Laura Sedlock told The Register-Herald. “We had to show everybody what we are made of and we made it through.”

The Red Devils will face Weir in the state semifinals at approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday at the YMCA’s Carter Family Stadium in Beckley.

Sedlock told The Register-Herald the community’s reaction to Oak Hill advancing to the state tournament has been “unreal.”

“People we don’t even know are stopping (assistant coach Stephanie Woodson) and I and congratulating us on going to states,” she said. “It’s a big deal in Oak Hill.”

The Oak Hill roster listed on the WVSSAC Web site includes: Seniors — Charles Woodson, Cory Whaples, Arthur Adkins, Jonathan Stewart, Victor Garcia; juniors — Joel Young, Drew Hansen, Thomas Booth, Daniel Garcia, Seth Shuff, Jay Hurd, Richard Murdock; sophomores — Niko Burgess, Alex White, Cody Jones, Nathaniel Wilson, Jawuan Watts, Aaron Murray, Michael Brellahan, Alex Garrett, Mark Manning; freshmen — Brandon Murdock, Elijah Holt, Joseph Adkins, Daniel Miller, Wesley Peelish, Anthony Tredway; and coaches — Laura Sedlock (head) and Stephanie Woodson.

Sedlock has not responded to the Tribune’s requests to discuss her team.

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