CHAPMANVILLE — It’s been a great first season so far for Chapmanville Regional High School’s Josh Butcher.
Butcher, a 6-foot junior guard for the Tigers, is third in the Cardinal Conference in scoring at 15.6 points per game.
Through 17 games, Butcher, a Riverside High School transfer, had scored 265 points.
Mingo Central’s 6-7 Dikembe Dixson, a late addition to the team and a transfer from Kentucky, currently leads the league in scoring at 17.3 points per contest. Dixson has played four games for the Miners.
Dixson’s Mingo Central teammate, Alex Lee, is second in the conference at 15.7 points per game.
Elijah Cuffee of Poca and Tyler Stroud of Tolsia are tied for fourth in the league at 14.9 points a contest.
Noah Frampton of Poca (14.8) is sixth, Matt Chandler of Poca (14.6) is seventh, Grant Ferguson of Wayne (14.4) is eighth, Matt Justice of Herbert Hoover (13.3) is ninth and Kaleb Sturgell of Tolsia (12.3) is 1oth.
Chapmanville’s Kenny Plumley, at 12.1 points per game, is 11th in the Cardinal in scoring.
Butcher had been the league’s top scorer but Poca held Butcher to only five points on 2-for-10 shooting in Tuesday night’s 68-35 win by the homestanding Dots over the Tigers.
Chapmanville was scheduled to play at Tolsia on Friday night but the game was cancelled due to weather and moved to Saturday night.
The Tigers then go to Wayne on Feb. 21, to Sissonville on Feb. 22 and then to Man on Feb. 25 in the regular season finale.
Chapmanville, ranked No. 8 in the state this week in Class AA, is currently third place in the Cardinal Conference at 12-5 overall and 7-4 in the league.
No. 2-ranked Poca is first at 15-1, 10-0. Scott is second at 11-5, 9-3.
Player, School G Pts Avg
Dikembe Dixson, MC 4 69 17.3
Alex Lee, Mingo Cent. 15 235 15.7
Josh Butcher, Chap. 17 265 15.6
Elijah Cuffee, Poca 16 238 14.9
Tyler Stroud, Tolsia 18 269 14.9
Noah Frampton, Poca16 236 14.8
Matt Chandler, Poca 16 234 14.6
Grant Ferguson, Wayne 16 231 14.4
Matt Justice, Hoover 18 240 13.3
Kaleb Sturgell, Tolsia 18 222 12.3
Kenny Plumley, Chap. 17 206 12.1
Blake Newhouse, Sisson. 17 197 11.6
Luke Frampton, Poca 16 183 11.4
Brett Justice, Wayne 16 178 11.1
Noah Toops, Hoover 17 189 11.1
Eric May, Scott 16 161 10.1