CHAPMANVILLE — Chapmanville Regional High School will be making history next fall.
Chapmanville will be fielding the first ever WVSSAC-sanctioned varsity soccer team in Logan County.
CRHS Athletics Director and football coach George Barker made the announcement last week during the Tigers’ holiday home basketball tournament.
Barker said the team already has a schedule but still has not named a coach.
“We’ve posted the position but I don’t know at this point and time if it has been filled or not,” he said. “We did interviews and we’ve got a schedule. We scheduled inside the conference. The new Cardinal Conference will have two divisions — a North and a South. You will play everyone in your division twice and everyone else once.”
When all schools in Logan County saw its football fields carpeted with Field Turf last summer that also paved the way for soccer.
The soccer lines are already down on all three fields at Logan, Chapmanville and Man.
The soccer goals, stored behind the end zones, are also there too and are ready to go.
It’s not clear, however, if Logan and Man will field teams this fall or not.
“Everything is in place with the Field Turf, the lines and the goals,” Barker said.
Soccer has finally arrived in Logan County — one of the last areas in the state of West Virginia that has not yet fielded varsity teams.
Getting the Field Turf was a major step in getting a team in Chapmanville, Barker said.
Since the Chapmanville Regional football team uses the Field Turf at Tiger Stadium and also the Chapmanville Middle School football team plays and practices there as well, a practice schedule must be put in place to accommodate the new CRHS soccer team.
Barker said he’s already working on that.
“We just have to work out the logistics with practicing and playing,” he said. “We’ve already talked about it and are trying to get together a plan. We’re also talking to other schools and see how they are doing things. We also have to share our field with the middle school and not every school has to do that. That will also have to be taken into consideration also.”
Barker said Chapmanville’s soccer team, which is scheduled to begin its first ever season this August, will be a co-ed squad, open to both boys and girls.
“Right now, we’re going to have one co-ed team,” Barker said. “When you have a co-ed team you play as a boys’ team. If we have enough participation down the road to warrant having a girls’ soccer team also we can do that. Right now, there’s not enough girls at that age group who are participating to guarantee that we would have enough for a girls’ team. That’s the reason we are holding off on that.”
The Chapmanville area has been home the last several years to the Coalfield Youth Soccer League.
Many of those players have been able to gain valuable experience on the soccer pitch and the new CRHS team will likely be snagging many of those athletes in the coming years.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).