With Logan High School’s re-admittance into the Cardinal Conference and its dropping back down to Double-A that will also resurrect some of the Wildcats’ old 2A rivalries such as Chapmanville and Scott.
Logan will also bring back another rivalry as the Wildcats will play county foe Man in a home-and-home series this coming season.
The Wildcats haven’t played the Hillbillies in eight years, dating back to the 2008-09 season when Logan won 79-32 and 81-70 in a pair of meetings.
Logan and Man used to play each other just about every season but after the ‘09 campaign the series was discontinued.
At the time, LHS had just jumped back up to the Triple-A ranks after being a Class AA school from 2003-08 and Man had been competing as a Single-A school.
There is no longer such a wide disparity in classification as both will be in Double-A starting with the upcoming school year.
Logan and Man were both briefly Triple-A schools together in the 1990s.
Man was the only school in the state to raise in classification during the latest realignment by the WVSSAC. Several schools dropped from 3A to 2A and from 2A to Single-A.
Logan just recently released its 2016-17 basketball schedule and its county clashes are some of the highlights.
The Wildcats are slated to host Man on Jan. 24, then play at Man in the regular season finale on Feb. 24.
Logan hosts Chapmanville on Jan. 20 and plays the Tigers on the road on Feb. 10. The Cats haven’t played CRHS since the 2010-11 season as Logan won 67-60 and 64-43.
Logan has won the last 12 meetings over the Hillbillies.
The Wildcats went 2-0 against Man during the 2007-08 season, taking 87-69 and 84-63 wins.
During the 2006-07 season, Logan was also 2-0, beating the Billies 69-48 and 77-56.
Back in the 2005-06 campaign, the Cats went 2-0 over Man as well with 86-57 and 79-65 wins.
In Logan’s Class AA state championship season in 2004-05, the Cats were also 2-0 against Man with 78-63 and 80-64 wins.
Logan won both meetings over Man in the 2003-04 season with 77-60 and 75-66 (OT) wins.
The last Man win over Logan was back in the 2002-03 season as the Billies won 54-46 over the Wildcats on the road after losing 48-47 in the season opener at Logan.
The Cats, led by first-year coach Zach Green, are scheduled to open the season on Dec. 9 at home against Scott.
Logan will play home-and-homes against Cardinal Conference South Division rivals Scott, Chapmanville, Mingo Central and Wayne and then single games against North Division conference teams Winfield, Nitro, Herbert Hoover, Sissonville and Poca.
Other than Man, Logan is also slated to have non-conference home-and-homes with old Class AA rivals Westside and Wyoming East. Logan played Westside three times last season, winning two. LHS and East split last year in a pair of meetings.
Logan will also play Dec. 17 in the Big 10/Cardinal Conference Shootout and then take on Bridgeport on Feb. 6 in the Little General Shootout at the Charleston Civic Center.
“I like the rivalries that we will have when we go back to Double-A,” Green said in a previous interview with the Logan Banner. “Look at all of the surrounding schools. There’s a bunch of good basketball schools all close. Just look at Chapmanville, Mingo Central, Scott, Wyoming East, Westside. It’s an exciting time because a lot of these schools are good and some of them have new coaches. I think that it’s going to make for a really good basketball season. We’re really excited to get back to that level. We think that we’ll be able to compete at the highest level of that competition (Class AA).”
Green said he likes being back in the Cardinal Conference.
“Honestly, I don’t think that there’s any doubt that this is the best Double-A conference in the state,” Green said. “You look at Poca, Winfield and Chapmanville. There’s going to be a lot of teams that will be very good this year. It also helps as far as travel and not having to make those trips to Martinsburg or Parkersburg. That definitely makes it a lot easier on us traveling and from a financial standpoint. Again, it comes back to a lot of these school are going to be rival games. There’s nothing like playing in a rival game.”
Logan also hopes the rivalries with Chapmanville, Man and Scott will also help boost home attendance, which has seemed to be down the last few seasons.
Logan also will play in a new six-team Class AA sectional with conference rivals Chapmanville, Mingo Central and Scott as well as Man and former Triple-A school Lincoln County.
2016-17 Logan High School
Boys’ Basketball Schedule
Dec. 9: Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 13: Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 15: at Wyoming East, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 17: at Cardinal Conference/Big 10 Shootout, TBA
Dec. 20: at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 23: Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 3: Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 6: at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 11: at Westside, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 13: Nitro, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 20: Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 24: Man, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27: Wyoming East, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28: Westside, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 31: at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 6: vs. Bridgeport (at Charleston Civic Center), TBA
Feb. 7: at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 10: at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 14: Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 17: at Winfield, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 24: at Man, 7:30 p.m.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).