Billies to play in Hatfield & McCoy Shootout

By Paul Adkins Sports Editor

January 2, 2014

The Man High School boys’ basketball team is excited to play in the mid-January Hatfield & McCoy Shootout at the historic Williamson Fieldhouse.

The Hillbillies are set to take on Wesley Christian (Ky.) on Jan. 18 at 2 p.m.

The daylong Hatfield & McCoy Shootout pits eight games — mostly interstate battles between teams from West Virginia and Kentucky.

The day begins at 11 a.m. as Hannan takes on Phelps (Ky.).

The second game has Ripley battling it out against Pike Central (Ky.) at 12:30 p.m.

After the Man-Wesley Christian contest, the fourth game has the Tolsia Rebels battling it out with East Ridge (Ky.) at 3:30 p.m. Tolsia made dubious headlines recently by managing to score only 16 points on Monday in a 68-16 loss to the Poca Dots.

In Game 5 at 5 p.m., Hurricane plays Greater Beckley Christian in an all-Mountain State affair.

It’s Tug Valley against Sheldon Clark (Ky.) in the sixth game at 6:30 p.m.

South Charleston plays Knott Central (Ky.) in Game 7 at 8 p.m.

The nightcap at 9:30 p.m. has Mingo Central squaring off with rival Belfry (Ky.).

Man, coached by Harvey Arms and led by sophomore guard John Thomas Keffer, is currently 3-1 after splitting last weekend in Chapmanville’s Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament. The Billies beat Mount View in the consolation game, 55-50.

Man has five games to play before taking part in the Shootout.

The Billies host Greater Beckley Christian on Friday at 7:30 p.m., then go to Sherman on Jan. 7. Man plays at River View on Jan. 9, at county rival Chapmanville on Jan. 14 and then hosts Montcalm on Jan. 17 before taking on Wesley Christian at Williamson.

Wesley Christian, a travel-type of team, is located in the tiny Floyd County hamlet of Allen, population 150.

The team sported a 16-5 record heading into the new year.

In early November, Wesley lost 83-67 to Oak Hill Academy (Va.).

The team has lost two games to Mountain Mission (Va.) by 68-56 and 92-41 scores.


Hatfield & McCoy Shootout

at Williamson Field House

Saturday, Jan. 18

Phelps (Ky.) vs. Hannan, 11 a.m.

Pike Central (Ky.) vs. Ripley, 12:30 p.m.

Wesley Christian (Ky.) vs. Man, 2 p.m.

East Ridge (Ky.) vs Tolsia, 3:30 p.m.

Greater Beckley Christian vs. Hurricane, 5 p.m.

Sheldon Clark (Ky.) vs. Tug Valley, 6:30 p.m.

Knott Central (Ky.) vs. South Charleston, 8 p.m.

Belfry (Ky.) vs. Mingo Central, 9:30 p.m.