LOGAN, W.Va. — Kevin Gertz said the Cardinal Conference is a good fit for Logan High School and his LHS girls’ basketball team.
Logan rejoins the Cardinal, a league the Lady Cats played in briefly in the 2000s decade in Logan’s last stint as a Double-A school.
LHS is back in Class AA and the Cardinal Conference this season along with Winfield and Nitro, two other former Class AAA schools that have joined the league.
Gertz said the league is very competitive from top to bottom.
“It’s a very very solid conference,” he said. “Anybody can beat anybody on any given day. I think it’s going to help us. It’s a conference that we can play well in and do some damage and it’s also a conference that if we don’t play well we can have some damage done against us. It’s going to be very competitive.”
The Cardinal Conference is split into two five-team divisions.
In the South Division are Logan, Chapmanville, Scott, Wayne and Mingo Central.
The North Division is comprised of Sissonville, Herbert Hoover, Poca, Nitro and Winfield.
Logan will play home-and-home series against all its South Division foes and will play single games against each of the North teams.
“I really like going into the Cardinal Conference this year,” Gertz said. “We have no Triple-A teams on our schedule. That’s good. I really like the Cardinal Conference because of scheduling. Fourteen out of your 22 games are already scheduled. That’s good. We have four teams with home-and-homes, then we have single games with the other division games, a couple of shootouts and the schedule is done.”
Gertz said he wished the Cardinal had 12 teams instead of 10.
“I wish Man and Lincoln County were in our conference,” Gertz said. “That would make a perfect Cardinal Conference. You would have all 12 teams in your region in the same conference. On the other side, I would assume Wayne is the team to beat.”
Gertz said Sissonville and Wayne could be the teams to beat. Sissonville is ranked No. 5 in the state in the preseason Class AA poll, while Wayne is seventh. Winfield and Poca also received votes.
“Sissonville has always been real tough. They lost their top two players from last year but their best player last year was a sophomore last year,” Gertz said. “Poca is up and coming. Herbert Hoover has been down the last couple of years but they have new coach and I think that they are going to improve. Winfield is always very solid over there. The majority of their players are soccer players and they don’t put a lot of time in basketball. But they are so athletic. They were one of the best teams that we played all last year. They didn’t lose many.”
Logan scrimmaged Nitro during the preseason.
“Nitro is down in numbers,” Gertz said. “We scrimmaged them last Saturday. We didn’t play that well the first two quarters. Halfway into the second quarter I got upset and took all the starters out. The last two quarters we outscored them by 20-some. That got my message across. Nitro has a really strong guard and they have about a 6-2 or 6-3 center, a very athletic player that will be a star.”
The Lady Cats open the season this coming Monday at home against Herbert Hoover in a conference matchup.
2016-17 Logan High School
Girls’ Basketball Schedule
Dec. 5: *Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 8: at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 12: *at Mingo Central, , 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 15: *at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 17: at Big Ten/Cardinal Conference Shootout, TBA
Dec. 20: *at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 7: at Princeton, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 9: *Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 12: *Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 14: Princeton, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 16: *Nitro, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 18: *at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 24: at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 26: *at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28: East Fairmont (King Coal Classic), TBA
Jan. 31: Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 2: *Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 4: *Chapmanville, 3 p.m.
Feb. 6: vs. River View (at Charleston Civic Center), TBA
Feb. 9: *at Winfield, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 13: *Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15: Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
* Cardinal Conference game
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).