The Wildcats, the Lady Cats and an ex-Cat are the highlights to his year’s King Coal Classic, which is scheduled to tip off on Friday night at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.
The tourney, which is scheduled to conclude on Saturday will a full slate of games, has become an annual tradition in late January at the field house.
Some big names and big-time teams, such as Huntington Prep, have played in the King Coal Classic in the past and have made the tournament one of the best in the state.
This year’s King Coal Classic basketball tournament will feature three games on Friday night.
The action tips off at 6 p.m. with the Logan High School girls’ basketball team taking on Greenbrier East High School at 7:30 p.m.
The Logan boys then follow with a game against Belfry, Ky., at 7:30 p.m.
The 9 p.m. nightcap on Friday pits Tug Valley against Greenbrier East.
There are four games scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26.
The action gets under way at 12 p.m. with the Logan JV boys taking on Chapmanville’s JV team.
Then at 2 p.m., Capital faces Tolsia in boys’ action. Then at 6 p.m. on Saturday, the Logan boys are scheduled to take on Greenbrier East.
Also on Saturday at 4 p.m., there will be a college game as Fairmont State University plays Davis & Elkins College. Former Logan High School all-state player Stevie Browning is a freshman guard for Fairmont State.
Having a college game at the King Coal Classic has turned into a recent tradition and this year is no exception.
In addition to the games, several other events are planned in conjunction with the tournament.
The Logan boys come into the tournament with a 5-6 record after three straight wins over Westside (66-55), Point Pleasant (47-40) and Lincoln County (45-40).
The Logan girls are 8-3 and have won two straight games over Tolsia (52-47) and Lincoln County (70-52). The Lady Cats are 7-1 since starting off the season with a 1-2 mark.
The Logan boys were scheduled to host Tug Valley on Tuesday night prior to the King Coal Classic.
Friday’s opponent — the Belfry Pirates — come into the tourney with a 7-6 record. Belfry most recently played on Saturday night, falling 93-65 at home to Hurricane. Logan played at Belfry in a preseason game over Thankgsiving weekend.
Saturday’s foe — Greenbrier East — currently stands at 12-0. The Spartans beat Logan earlier in the season at home by a 60-53 score.
The Greenbrier East girls head to Logan with a 9-0 record and the state’s No. 1 ranking in Class AAA.
Tug Valley comes in at 8-3, while Capital is 6-6 while Tolsia stands at 7-5.
Class A Tug Valley toppled 3A Riverside, 74-65 at the Hatfield/McCoy Shootout in Williamson on Saturday.
Fairmont State enters the King Coal Classic with an overall record of 12-4 and a league mark of 10-2. The Fighting Falcons sit in second place in the 15-team WVIAC. Davis & Elkins is 4-11, 3-8.
Browning is fifth on the Fairmont State team in scoring at 8.3 points per contest.
A portion of the tournament proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House, the Logan Animal Shelter and the American Cancer Society.
All Logan Buddy League basketball players will get in free on Saturday (with a paying adult). There will be lots of contests and prizes for all ages.
Finally, at the end of the third quarter of the Logan-Greenbrier East game on Saturday, some lucky fan will have one chance to make a half court shot (sponsored by Stollings Trucking Co.) to win $10,000.
This year’s Gold Sponsors include: Baisden Brothers, C&W Discount, Dan & Dave’s Sporting Goods, Fireball Trucking Co., Hatfield-McCoy CVB, James River Coal, Jeff McCoy, Jim & Melissa Frye, McDonald Land Company, Natural Resource Partners, Pepsi-Cola, Radio Shack, Southern Amusement, Stollings Trucking Company and WVOW radio.