CHAPMANVILLE — Allan Hatcher says his Chapmanville Tigers are looking good on the eve of their season opener.
The Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team is scheduled to have its opener on Saturday night at 8:30 in the final game of the Nationwide Classic tourney at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium.
The inaugural classic begins at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday with the Chapmanville vs. Pikeview girls’ game. Then at 5:15 p.m., the Logan High School girls take on state powerhouse Huntington St. Joe. Game 3 has the Logan boys facing Scott ahead of the Tigers’ game with Liberty Raleigh.
Coach Hatcher, who begins his second season at Chapmanville, said his team is ready to play a game.
“We’re doing well. We’ve made some improvements,” Hatcher said. “The kids have gotten better. You can tell when you have a lot of kids back and they have been in your program for a year. We are further along at this time this year as compared to last year. We’ve got some kids who are excited about playing. They are all chomping at the bit because they are ready to get with it. They are ready to start the season.”
Chapmanville has many players back from last year’s team, including leading returning scorer Kenny Plumley, a 6-foot-4 forward. He averaged 14.1 points a game last season.
Several other key Tigers are back, including Trey Dalton, Jon Williamson, Joe Tackett, Trevor Nagy, Brady Cox and Zac Casto. Cox, an all-state football player, stands 6-5 and will be the man in the middle.
The Tigers also have 6-0 guard Josh Butcher, a transfer from Riverside High School. He averaged around 10 points a game last season for the Warriors.
“Our kids are working really hard,” Hatcher said. “We’ve got some kids who have stepped up who have given themselves a chance to play. We think that we can go nine or 10 deep. That means that we are going to be able to play a little more up tempo and be able to get up and down the floor a lot quicker.”
Hatcher said his team still has a lot of work to do.
“We’ve got to do a better job at dribble penetration, on defense and blocking out on the boards,” he said.
Chapmanville scrimmaged Logan and Westside over Thanksgiving weekend at LHS and then had a preseason game against Class AAA Cabell Midland.
Hatcher said his team looked pretty good against all three teams.
“We thought that we played pretty well against both of them (Logan and Westside),” Hatcher said. “Those are two good teams. Then we scrimmaged Cabell Midland the other day. That was a real physical scrimmage. Cabell Midland is a big school. Three or four of their kids played football and it was real physical. We got something out of that. It was a good scrimmage.”
Hatcher said Liberty, a 3-20 team last year, will be much improved even with the loss of 6-9 WVU recruit Levi Cook to Huntington Prep.
“We’re expecting a tough battle from them,” Hatcher said. “They got some transfers and they are expected to be pretty good.”
The Logan boys are led by leading returning scorer Zak Miller and small forward Worm Street. The Wildcats have a bunch of talented players and coach Mark Hatcher may go as many as 20 deep. Logan opened the season on Thursday night at Hurricane and are hoping to rebound from last year’s uncharacteristic 8-17 season — only its third losing roundball campaign in the 13-year Hatcher era at LHS.
The Logan girls, the Class AAA state runner-ups last year, are led by all-state players Shayna Gore and Monica Mitchell, a 6-2 sophomore center. Gore, a first-team all-state pick last year, has verbally committed to Marshall. She averaged 20 points a game last season for the Lady Cats.
Huntington St. Joe is led Mychal Johnson, a University of Notre Dame signee. The Irish have won the Class A state championship five straight years and the matchup against 3A state title contender Logan could prove to be a barnburner.
Logan comes into the game 0-1 after falling at South Charleston on Wednesday night in its season opener.
The Chapmanville girls, which opened the season with a win at Wayne, are led by senior guard Kristin DesRocher. The Lady Tigers are young but are also looking to have another winning season. The Lady Tigers enter with a 1-0 mark.
The Scott boys were 15-11 last year and a Class AA state tourney team.
The Skyhawks, coached by Nick Cabell, lost 1,000-point scorer Matt Dillon to graduation.
Scott, ranked No. 8 in the Class AA preseason poll, will count on its six seniors this season in Cody Brown, Dillon DeHart, Brandon LaFouche, Nick Kuhn, Alex Ables and Dylan Brown.
Preseason High School
Boys’ Basketball Poll
CHARLESTON (AP) — The Associated Press high school boys basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:
Team Record Pts Prv
1. Washington (3) 0-0 69 -
2. Woodrow Wilson (1) 0-0 67 -
3. Martinsburg (4) 0-0 63 -
4. Huntington 0-0 50 -
5. South Charleston 0-0 34 -
6. Greenbrier East 0-0 32 -
7. Wheeling Park 0-0 26 -
8. George Washington 0-0 24 -
9. Hedgesville 0-0 21 -
10. Preston 0-0 12 -
(tie) Musselman 0-0 12 -
Others receiving votes: Hurricane 9, Parkersburg South 8, Capital 7, Lewis County 3, Morgantown 2, Spring Valley 1.
1. Bluefield (6) 0-0 77 -
2. Bridgeport 0-0 55 -
3. Robert C. Byrd (1) 0-0 54 -
(tie) Westside 0-0 54 -
5. Fairmont Senior (1) 0-0 47 -
6. Wyoming East 0-0 42 -
7. Poca 0-0 35 -
8. Scott 0-0 21 -
9. Mingo Central 0-0 14 -
10. Tolsia 0-0 10 -
Others receiving votes: Roane County 9, Ritchie County 6, North Marion 4, East Fairmont 3, Sissonville 3, Chapmanville 2, Summers County 1, Grafton 1, Nicholas County 1, Webster County 1.
1. Charleston Catholic (4) 0-0 75 -
2. Parkersburg Catholic (1) 0-0 46 -
3. Wheeling Central 0-0 43 -
4. Greater Beckley Christian (1) 0-0 42 -
5. Magnolia 0-0 41 -
6. Tug Valley (2) 0-0 39 -
7. Notre Dame 0-0 34 -
8. Tucker County 0-0 31 -
9. Bishop Donahue 0-0 21 -
10. Madonna 0-0 20 -
Others receiving votes: Buffalo 10, Valley Fayette 9, Greenbrier West 8, Gilmer County 6, Man 5, Saint Joseph Central 4, Clay-Battelle 4, Williamstown 2.