Hoop schedule another challenge for Wildcats
by Paul Adkins Sports Editor
The Logan High School boys’ basketball season is always challenged with a difficult schedule.
Year in and year out the Wildcats go up against some of the best in the state.
This year will be no different as Logan will face some pretty tough teams in the just-released 2013-14 roundball season.
Basketball season is just around the corner as practices are to begin next month.
Logan went just 8-17 last season, suffering through only its third losing campaign since 2000. The Cats hope to do better this year.
The Wildcats are scheduled to open the season Dec. 12 at Hurricane, the same place Logan’s season ended a year ago in the Class AAA regional finals. Last year, the Redskins beat upset-minded and scrappy Logan 64-58 in overtime to deny the Cats a trip to the state tournament. Hurricane also beat Logan in last year’s season opener at LHS.
One of the highlights to Logan’s upcoming schedule is the annual King Coal Classic tourney at Logan where the Wildcats are set to play Point Pleasant. The Logan girls will also play Chapmanville earlier in the day in the tournament.
Logan will also play at Chapmanville Regional High School’s Nationwide Classic on Dec. 14 against Scott. The Wildcats, coached by Mark Hatcher, will not play the Chapmanville Tigers this season. The Tigers are coached by Hatcher’s dad, Allan Hatcher. The two teams have not met since 2011.
Logan will also play St. Albans on Dec. 21 in the George Washington tourney and are set to take on Winfield on Feb. 18 in the annual late season tourney at the Charleston Civic Center.
The Cats will once again play a home-and-home series against Tug Valley, which has won two straight state championships in Class AA and Single-A last year. The Class A Panthers swept Logan last season and have beaten the Cats the last six meetings.
Also on Logan’s schedule are games against Class AAA teams Greenbrier East, Nitro, Lincoln County, Cabell Midland, Huntington, Parkersburg and Capital.
Logan will also host Belfry (Ky.) and will also have a home-and-home series against Class AA team and old rival Westside. Logan was to play Belfry last year but both attempts were thwarted due to snowy weather and poor road conditions.
New to the schedule is a home game against Class A Greater Beckley Christian.
Gone from the slate are Tolsia and Charleston Catholic.
Logan advanced in last year’s 3A sectionals with a 76-71 victory over Spring Valley. The Wildcats then lost 49-36 to Huntington in the 3A sectional finals before falling to Hurricane in the 3A regional title game.
Logan lost Trent Dalton, A.J. Reynolds, C.J. Williams, 6-9 T.J. Tomblin and others due to graduation. Reynolds led the team in scoring last season at 10.1 points per game. He was the only player to average in double figures.
The Cats return senior and top 3-point shooter Zak Miller, who averaged 7.6 points per game last season and sank 49 3s. Senior Brynden “Worm” Street (8.4 ppg.) also returns.
Logan had problems putting the ball in the hoop last season as the Cats averaged just 51.3 points per contest. The Cats only shot 39 percent from the floor as a team.
Logan High School Wildcats
2013-14 Boys’ Basketball Schedule:
Dec. 12: at Hurricane, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 14: vs. Scott (at Chapmanville), 6 p.m.
Dec. 21: vs. St. Albans (at GW), 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 30: George Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 4: Nitro, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 10: at Westside, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 11: Point Pleasant (King Coal Classic at Logan), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 14: Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 17: at Greenbrier East, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 21: at Tug Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 24: Cabell Midland, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25: Greater Beckley Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27: at Huntington, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 30: Belfry, Ky., 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 4: at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7: at Point Pleasant, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8: Westside, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15: Tug Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 18: vs. Winfield (at Charleston Civic Center), 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 21: Greenbrier East, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25: Parkersburg, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 27: at Capital, 7:30 p.m.
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