Tigers hope to topple Tug Valley
by PAUL ADKINS, Sports Editor
CHAPMANVILLE The Chapmanville Tigers havent had much luck against the Tug Valley Panthers over the years.
Chapmanville Regional would like to change that on Friday night as the Tigers (5-4) are set to host Tug (9-2) in the second meeting between the two rivals this season.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at the CRHS gym in Chapmanville.
Tug Valley downed the Tigers 54-49 in the season opener at Naugatuck. In that one, Chapmanville was only able to hit on 20-of-41 foul shots for an ice cold 48.7 percent. The Panthers were 16-for-19 for 84.2 percent.
Tug Valley, which played in the last years Class AA state tournament semifinals, beat the Tigers three times last season, including a 73-60 victory in the 2A sectional finals. Tug also won 80-76 on the road and 92-80 in overtime at Naugatuck in two classic meetings last season.
The Panthers are 20-3 against Chapmanville since 2000 and have beaten the Tigers seven straight times.
One of the three wins by Chapmanville over the last decade-plus was a 87-58 victory at the old Chapmanville High School gym in 2001 in the Danny Godby era. Former coach Dave Elkins also beat Tug Valley twice in 2005 and 2006 by 65-61 and 64-56 scores.
Chapmanville, coached by second-year mentor Harry Kirk, is coming off a big 75-48 road win at Tolsia on Tuesday.
Tug Valley beat Williamson, 76-45, on Tuesday night. Previously, the Panthers lost 49-46 last Saturday to 3A South Charleston at Williamsons Hatfield-McCoy Shootout.
The Panthers are led by 6-foot senior guard Austin Vance and 6-9 junior center Mason Pack as well as Mikey Newsome and Austin Brewer. Vance had 17 points to lead the Panthers in the meeting with CRHS this season.
Chapmanville is led by point guard Dustin Woody as well as Matt Cook, Cliff Hall, Brooks Cooper, 6-4 Mackenzie Martin, Josh Easterling, Zack Maynard, Jeremy Porter, Justin Mullins and others.
After beating the Tigers in the season opener, Tug Valley then beat Westside (56-45) and Tolsia (56-30) before falling to Perry Central, Ky. (47-42). The Panthers then reeled off five wins in a row with victories over East Ridge, Ky. (89-48), Belfry, Ky. (62-54), Williamson (65-54), Burch (59-43) and Sherman (97-39).
Tonights game can be heard on line at: www.wvowradio.com.
The contest is also being broadcast by Williamson radio station WXCC 96.5 FM.
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