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Logan excited to host King Coal Classic

By Paul Adkins Sports Editor

January 8, 2014

Logan High School always looks forward to hosting the annual King Coal Classic.


If you are a basketball fan, Logan’s Willie Akers Arena is the place to be on Saturday.


There will be a little bit of something for everyone.


There will be a boys’ game, a girls’ game pitting county rivals and a collegiate women’s basketball game.


It all get started on Saturday with a Logan freshman game against South Charleston at 2 p.m.


Then at 4 p.m., the Fairmont State University women’s basketball team is slated to take on Concord.


The 6 p.m. contest pits girls’ basketball county rivals Chapmanville Regional (5-3) against host Logan (5-3).


The Lady Cats, last year’s Class AAA state runner-ups, are coming off last Saturday afternoon’s 59-44 win at home over state power Morgantown.


Logan’s Shayna Gore and Monica Mitchell each had double-doubles. The Lady Cats beat Chapmanville earlier in the season, 53-36, at CRHS.


Then at 7:30 p.m. in the lidlifter, the host Logan boys (3-3) are set to face off with fellow Triple-A team Point Pleasant.


The Big Blacks enter the contest 4-3. Point Pleasant most recently won 67-48 at St. Albans.


Logan plays the night before the King Coal Classic on Friday night at old Class AA rival Westside. The Renegades are 4-1, having lost last Friday night at county rival Wyoming East.


The Wildcats most recently played last Saturday night at home, winning 67-25 over Nitro.


Logan coach Mark Hatcher said LHS is excited to host the King Coal Classic.


“It’s going to be a little bit different this year because it’s only going to be a one-day thing,” Hatcher said. “But we’ve got a college women’s game and that’s going to be different. There are some local girls on those teams and that’s going to be fun to watch. That will be interesting. We’ve never had a college women’s game before at the field house.”


On Fairmont State’s women’s team is former Scott High School player Makenzie White, a 5-foot-9 sophomore guard. White also played for a short time at WVU.


Hatcher said his team will be put to the test against Point Pleasant in the KCC and the night before at Westside.


“We go to Westside the night before,” he said. “Then we will be coming back to play Point Pleasant and they are a good team. It’s never easy to play back-to-back games. It will be fun on Saturday. We’re going to have different giveaways and things like that and some things going on between games and at halftime.”


The LHS basketball team had an emotional night in the Nitro game.


Sophomore guard Skyler Miller, who has battled leukemia over the last year, scored six points for the Wildcats. Miller was expected to undergo further chemotherapy this week in Huntington and will be likely out for the rest of the season.


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High School Boys’


Basketball Poll


The Associated Press high school boys basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:


Class AAA


Team Rec Pts Prv


1. Washington (9) 7-0 90 -


2. Huntington 3-0 69 -


3. South Charleston 4-0 52 -


4. Hedgesville 7-1 46 -


5. Greenbrier East 6-2 39 -


6. Capital 3-0 37 -


7. Parkersburg South 7-0 33 -


8. Musselman 5-0 32 -


9. Wheeling Park 4-2 29 -


10. Woodrow Wilson 1-2 28 -


Others receiving votes: Martinsburg 22, Hurricane 7, Winfield 5, George Washington 4, Preston 2.


Class AA


Team Rec Pts Prv


1. Bluefield (9) 5-0 90 -


2. Westside 4-1 68 -


3. Robert C. Byrd 5-0 65 -


4. Wyoming East 4-0 63 -


5. Chapmanville 6-1 54 -


6. Poca 4-1 48 -


7. Bridgeport 3-2 31 -


8. Scott 5-3 23 -


9. Fairmont Senior 3-3 16 -


10. Liberty Raleigh 5-1 15 -


Others receiving votes: Nicholas County 8, Ravenswood 5, Roane County 5, Grafton 2, Petersburg 2.


Class A


Team Rec Pts Prv


1. Charleston Catholic (5) 4-1 80 -


2. Wheeling Central (3) 5-0 76 -


3. Saint Joseph Central (1) 7-0 59 -


4. Tug Valley 3-1 52 -


5. Greater Beckley Christian 5-0 45 -


6. Parkersburg Catholic 5-3 42 -


7. Notre Dame 5-2 28 -


8. Madonna 4-1 26 -


9. Tucker County 5-1 24 -


10. Buffalo 5-1 13 -


Others receiving votes: Valley Fayette 12, Bishop Donahue 11, Gilmer County 11, Magnolia 10, Williamstown 5, St. Marys 1.


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High School Girls’


Basketball Poll


The Associated Press high school girls basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:


Class AAA


Team Rec Pts Prv


1. Parkersburg South (8) 7-0 80 -


2. Greenbrier East 7-0 67 -


3. Spring Valley 7-1 66 -


4. Huntington 5-1 46 -


5. University 7-1 36 -


6. Martinsburg 6-1 35 -


7. Logan 5-3 28 -


(tie)Morgantown 6-3 28 -


9. Nitro 6-0 15 -


10. Cabell Midland 4-0 12 -


Others receiving votes: St. Albans 9, George Washington 7, South Charleston 7, Hedgesville 2, John Marshall 1, Wheeling Park 1.


Class AA


Team Rec Pts Prv


1. Westside (6) 4-0 77 -


2. Fairmont Senior (1) 7-1 71 -


3. Summers County (1) 6-0 47 -


4. Scott 6-0 45 -


5. Sissonville 6-1 36 -


6. North Marion 7-2 34 -


7. PikeView 7-1 21 -


(tie)Lincoln 5-1 21 -


(tie)Grafton 5-0 21 -


10. Keyser 7-0 18 -


Others receiving votes: Clay County 17, Bridgeport 12, Wyoming East 7, Bluefield 5, Herbert Hoover 3, Petersburg 3, Mingo Central 1, Mount View 1.


Class A


Team Rec Pts Prv


1. Saint Joseph Central (7) 8-3 79 -


2. St. Marys (1) 7-0 73 -


3. Wheeling Central 5-0 53 -


4. Gilmer County 7-2 39 -


5. Pocahontas County 6-2 36 -


6. Tucker County 4-2 34 -


7. Tygarts Valley 5-1 31 -


8. Magnolia 5-3 21 -


9. Charleston Catholic 4-1 20 -


10. Trinity 4-3 14 -


Others receiving votes: Meadow Bridge 9, Parkersburg Catholic 7, Valley Wetzel 5, Notre Dame 5, Pendleton County 5, Williamstown 4, Tyler Consolidated 3, Union Grant 1, Midland Trail 1.