CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School basketball team’s 2015-16 season opener has been delayed.
The Tigers were originally scheduled to open the season this coming Friday night, Dec. 11 against Tolsia at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium.
However, due to the Tolsia football team playing in this weekend’s Super Six state championships in Wheeling, the Chapmanville-Tolsia game has been moved to Jan. 12, first-year CRHS coach Brad Napier said.
Some of the Tolsia football players also play on the Rebels’ basketball team and the squad won’t be ready to go this Friday.
“They were saying that they only had seven players and they didn’t have enough to play,” Napier said. “We were really excited to play this week and the kids were kind of bummed out. We’re ready to play against somebody other than ourselves.”
The Tigers will now have its season opener on Dec. 15 at Herbert Hoover in a Cardinal Conference game.
Chapmanville then plays Dec. 19 against Bridgeport in the Hoops Classic at West Virginia State University.
The Tigers follow that up on Dec. 22 with a game at Mingo Central as Napier goes against his former MCHS team. He led the Miners to the Class AA state tournament last year.
Chapmanville’s home opener is not until Dec. 28 when CRHS takes on Mount View in the annual Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament. Man takes on Pikeview in the other tourney game.
The tournament concludes on Dec. 29 with the championship and consolation games.
“We play an extremely tough schedule, especially early in the season,” Napier said. “We play Bridgeport and they will be a top three team in Double-A. They have four starters back.”
Chapmanville is set to have a scrimmage at home on Monday night against St. Albans.
— Look for a preview of the Chapmanville basketball team this week in The Logan Banner Sports.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).