If you like the Chapmanville-Logan rivalry it’s going to renew and heat up this coming school year.
Since Logan High School will be dropping down from Triple-A to the Class AA ranks and will be rejoining the Cardinal Conference that means the Wildcats and Tigers will be playing each other again as dictated by the league.
They will be playing in all sports.
Including boys’ basketball.
The Chapmanville-Logan basketball series was shelved following the 2010-11 season. Logan won both matchups that season with the Tigers by 64-43 and 67-60 scores. During a previous season at Logan’s Willie Akers Arena, a game was marred by an on-court fight between players on both sides, causing the ejections and suspensions of several players on each team.
There was also an after game fracas in the stands following the Logan-Chapmanville baseball game in 2011 at Logan’s Roger Gertz Field.
The two schools have not met since in either basketball or baseball.
But that will change during the upcoming 2016-17 school year.
The Wildcats went 23-0 against rival Chapmanville during the boys’ basketball series which lasted nine seasons, roughly during Logan’s last stint as a Double-A school.
In recent years, the school could not agree to restart the rivalry, particularly in basketball.
For three years spanning the 2012-13 to the 2014-15 basketball seasons playing each other was really not an option.
Chapmanville’s basketball coach during the time was Allan Hatcher. His son Mark Hatcher coached at Logan and that would have caused an awkward father vs. son matchup.
Last year, Allan Hatcher moved down to Logan and former Logan assistant coach and ex-Mingo Central High School head coach Brad Napier became the new mentor at Chapmanville.
The Tigers and Wildcats, however, still didn’t play.
They will this season.
Under the current makeup and schedule dictated by the Cardinal Conference, the league will be split into two divisions — a North and a South.
The South Division will be made up of holdovers Chapmanville, Scott, Wayne, Mingo Central and new member Logan.
The North Division will be comprised of returning schools Sissonville, Herbert Hoover and Poca and new members Nitro and Winfield.
The plan is for each team to play a home-and-home series with the other four squads in its division and also to play the five schools in the opposite division once.
That means there will be home-and-home series between Chapmanville and Logan.
Coach Napier, who led Chapmanville to a 17-9 season a year ago and a berth in the Class AA state tournament, said he welcomes the renewal of the series against Logan. Napier was a longtime assistant coach under Mark Hatcher for many years.
“It’s a rival game and I’m sure our kids will be excited,” Napier said. “I’m sure their guys will be excited. Logan’s got a great tradition and I was there for a long time. It’s going to be fun.”
Logan is still searching for a basketball coach, following Allan Hatcher’s resignation not too long ago due to health concerns. Logan is expected to name its new coach at the end of the month at the next scheduled school board meeting. Former players Jeff Williamson and Zach Green are reportedly the projected front-runners for the job, although this could not be confirmed.
Chapmanville and Logan had a non-continuous basketball series over the years, particularly in Logan’s heyday as a Class AAA powerhouse in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s and stretching to the 2010 season when LHS won the 3A state title.
It’s been a very long time since Chapmanville beat Logan in boys’ basketball, reportedly going all the way back to the 1950s.
There will be another interesting storyline as well.
Braxton Goff, a 6-foot-4 guard/forward, has transferred from Logan to Chapmanville and will be going up against his former team.
In previous years former Tigers Greg Bartram, Dustin Woody and Jeremy Sheppard bolted for Logan and donned the Blue and Gold of LHS. Bartram played for Logan in 1990 and eventually went on to play at Penn State.
The Tigers will also add new conference teams Nitro and Winfield to their basketball schedule.
Winfield, coached by Pat McGinnis, has some strong tradition in boys’ basketball, although the Generals were just 7-15 last year, playing in the very difficult Mountain State Athletic Conference.
Nitro doesn’t have much basketball tradition. The Wildcats, which also played in the MSAC for years, were 6-14 last season. Nitro hasn’t had a winning roundball campaign since the 2007-08 season when the Cats were 13-12 — their third winning season in a row up until that time.
“You also have Winfield and Nitro coming into the conference,” Napier said. “Winfield had a really good team last year and they have four starters back. There will be a lot of challenges. I think that it will be fun. I’m kind of excited about the change. We’re looking forward to it and the new teams that are coming in. Those are some teams that we haven’t played much and we will be going into some new environments. It should be fun.”
The Tigers look to have a strong hoop team.
Five players — Drew Williamson, Kyle Browning, Tyler Moore, Hunter Neil and Dylan Smith — are back who started some games last year.
Key reserves are also returning, and added to the mix is 6-8 Nigerian freshman Obinna Godspower, who, along with Neil, will give CRHS an added punch in the paint.
“We have five guys who started a lot of games last year,” Napier said. “We’re looking forward to the season. We think this year our strengths are going to be in our numbers. We had a lot of guys last year that were freshmen and sophomores who were maybe not quite ready to play but we sort of force fed them a little bit. I think those guys will be more than ready to play this year. I think that we’ll be able to go 10-deep easily.”
Series Results 2002-11:
Logan 64, Chapmanville 43
Logan 67, Chapmanville 60
Logan 108, Chapmanville 75
Logan 96, Chapmanville 91
Logan 72, Chapmanville 48
Logan 88, Chapmanville 54
Logan 68, Chapmanville 51
Logan 76, Chapmanville 51
Logan 74, Chapmanville 56
Logan 66, Chapmanville 43
Logan 88, Chapmanville 51 (Class AA sectionals at Williamson)
Logan 68, Chapmanville 49
Logan 101, Chapmanville 50
Logan 49, Chapmanville 38 (Class AA regional final at Williamson)
Logan 63, Chapmanville 50
Logan 53, Chapmanville 43
Logan 60, Chapmanville 44 (Class AA sectionals at Williamson)
Logan 83, Chapmanville 55
Logan 61, Chapmanville 55
Logan 64, Chapmanville 47
Logan 52, Chapmanville 49