CHAPMANVILLE — Year 2 of the Allan Hatcher era at Chapmanville Regional High School is just around the corner.
With practices less than a month away, Hatcher is already in preparation mode. He led the Tigers to a 14-10 season last year as CRHS fell 38-35 to Tolsia in the Class AA sectional tourney at Logan.
Hatcher said he’s looking forward to another season with the Tigers.
“We’re excited about our team,” he said. “We think we’re going to have a good team and that we’re going to be competitive. We can’t wait to get started with practice on November the 18th.”
Chapmanville has a difficult schedule this winter.
In addition to seven home-and-home Cardinal Conference series against Poca, Mingo Central, Scott, Tolsia and others, the Tigers will also home-and-home series with Class A county rival Man and 3A Lincoln County.
The Tigers get it started on Dec. 14 at home against Liberty Raleigh in the inaugural Nationwide Classic at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium. The Chapmanville girls and the Logan High School boys and girls will also be playing in the all-day classic at CRHS.
One of the highlights to Chapmanville’s schedule is a Dec. 21 noon clash with North Marion in the Hoops Classic at the Charleston Civic Center — the home of the state tournament. It will also serve as the Cardinal Conference-Big 10 challenge as schools from both leagues will play against one another.
“That will be a challenge between the Cardinal Conference and the Big 10. Fairmont and all of them will also be there,” Hatcher said. “Mingo Central will be in it too.”
Chapmanville hosts the annual Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament Dec. 27-28 over Christmas break. The host Tigers play Mount View and Man battles with 3A Riverside in the tourney.
Hatcher said he looks for Poca and Scott to be good this season.
“It’s a really tough schedule because Poca is going to have one of their best teams that they’ve had in a long time,” he said. “Scott will also be the favorite in our section probably because they went to the state tournament last year and they have most of their kids coming back.”
Gone from the team are a pair of graduated seniors — leading scorer Mackenzie Martin (20.8 ppg) and guard Mike Hurst (7.4).
“We lost two kids and both were good players but we’re excited about our season,” Hatcher said. “When you have a lot of kids coming back and you play a good schedule it’s exciting for your team and for your fans. We’re looking forward to it.”
Chapmanville does return 6-4 forward Kenny Plumley, a senior, who averaged 13.1 points a game last year and was one of the Tigers’ top rebounders. Several other key Tigers are also returning.
“Kenny Plumley will be coming back,” Hatcher said. “Trey Dalton will also be coming back and he was our starter at point guard. Jon Williamson will also be coming back, plus, we’ll have two really good football players coming back in Brady Cox and Zac Casto and they should help us inside. We also have two really good sharpshooters in Trevor Nagy and Joe Tackett.”
Hatcher said two new basketball players — brothers from Riverside High School in the Charleston area — have transferred to CRHS.
“We’ve also got a kid who transferred from Riverside, a kid named Josh Butcher,” Hatcher said. “We’ve got him and his brother, Jordan Butcher, who both transferred. Josh is a junior and Jordan is a freshman. Josh is a kid who figures into our plans also.”
Josh Butcher, a 6-0 guard, averaged nearly 11 points a game last season at 10-16 Riverside.
Although rival Logan plays in Chapmanville’s Nationwide Classic, the Wildcats do not play the Tigers this season.
That means no father vs. son game. Logan is coached by longtime mentor Mark Hatcher — Allan Hatcher’s son.
“It hasn’t been decided to play them,” Allan Hatcher said of Logan. “That may happen down the road but we haven’t scheduled them for this coming year. That may be a possibility down the road.”
For the Record
In a recent Logan Banner sports article it was incorrectely reported that the Logan basketball team has lost to Tug Valley the last six meetings.
Tug Valley has beaten Logan the last four meetings over the course of the last two seasons. Tug Valley won state championships both seasons in 2A and Single-A.
2013-14 Chapmanville Regional
High School Basketball Schedule:
Dec. 14: Liberty-Raleigh (Nationwide Classic), 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 17: at Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 21: vs. North Marion (Hoops Classic, Charleston Civic Center), 12 p.m.
Dec. 23: Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 27-28: Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament, TBA
Jan. 3: Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 7: at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 10: at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 14: Man, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 15: at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 18: Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 24: at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28: Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 31: Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 5: Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7: at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11: Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 14: at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 21: Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22: at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25: at Man, 7:30 p.m.