CHAPMANVILLE — The first-ever Nationwide Classic tourney at Chapmanville expects to be a good one.
The inaugural event tips off on Saturday at Chapmanville Regional High School’s Danny Godby Gymnasium as the host Chapmanville girls take on Pikeview at 3:30 p.m.
Then at 5:15 there is a marquee girls game between Logan and Huntington St. Joe. Logan was last year’s Class AAA state runner-up, while St. Joe won the Class A title last year for the fifth straight season. St. Joe is led by 5-8 senior guard Mychal Johnson, one top players in the state and the country. Johnson has verbally committed to play college basketball at The University of Notre Dame. She’s led St. Joe to three straight titles since her freshman year.
Game 3 of the Nationwide Classic pits the Logan boys against old Double-A rival Scott at 7 p.m.
The host Chapmanville boys then take on Liberty Raleigh in the 8:30 p.m. nightcap.
“We’re excited about it,” Chapmanville boys’ coach Allan Hatcher said when asked about the classic. “Any time you are the host school and both the boys and girls are in it and you also have Logan and Scott who are going to tee off against each other it’s special. We also have the Logan girls who had a great year last year and they are going to play the number one team in girls’ basketball in the state of West Virginia in Huntington St. Joe. They are number one regardless of class. They have a girl going to Notre Dame.”
Hatcher said the Nationwide Classic is not going to be a one-year deal.
“We want to make this an annual event,” he said. “We want to make it first class and get more good teams to come in in the future. We’re expecting a packed house. Our kids are excited about it and our community is excited about it.”
Hatcher’s son, Mark Hatcher is the coach at Logan, so father and son will be coaching in back-to-back games on Saturday night at Chapmanville. Logan is set to take on the Scott Skyhawks, which are in Chapmanville’s section.
“Scott is picked to win our section,” Hatcher said.
Allan Hatcher said Greg Dalton of Nationwide Insurance has been instrumental in creating the basketball event.
“Greg Dalton, who is the agent for Nationwide Insurance, is sponsoring this event,” Hatcher said.