CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Middle School boys’ basketball team is off to a great start.
The team was 6-1 on the season heading into this week’s action.
“We have improved a great deal since last year,” CMS coach Jody Harless said. “We had a good summer and fall preparing for the season. These boys are excited about the way we have started.”
The Tigers have reeled off wins against Hamlin, Sherman, Van, George Washington, Duval and Williamson.
At this time the Tigers are undefeated in conference play and are vying for a league title. It would be the first for the school since 2005-06.
“I’m real proud of the work ethic of these young men,” Harless said. “We have a great nucleus of eighth-graders.”
The Tigers are led by three returning starters in Dylan Smith, Adam Vance and Austin Bledsoe.
“Those guys got some great experience last year,” Harless said. “When I inherited the job last year I had no returners who had any considerable varsity experience. Having those guys handle the ball is a blessing.”
James Ellis provides an inside presence, Harless said.
“James worked hard in the weight room in the off-season and he gives us some much needed help on the boards,” he said.
A new addition to the CMS lineup is first-year player Joey Rainwater. Rainwater is a 6-foot-2 center.
“Joey has never played organized basketball but has got a lot of talent. I look for great improvement out of him,” Coach Harless said. “Coach Allan Hatcher has some players coming in a couple years with this group. Regardless of the situation they will give it everything they have.”
Dylan Smith currently leads the Tigers in scoring at 12 points a game followed by Vance and Rainwater at 10 apiece.
CMS girls win two
The Chapmanville Middle School girls’ basketball team has started off the 2014 portion of the 2013-14 season with a pair of wins.
CMS recently routed George Washington, 37-18, and also won 36-16 over Duval.
Madison Webb led Chapmanville in the GW win with 14 points. Kaylee Blair had 10, Emily Davis had four points and Beth Ball, Jada Freeman and Jacy Baxter each had two points.
— Middle school boys’ and girls’ basketball coaches/statisticians are urged to report scores and statistics for each game to Logan Banner Sports Editor Paul Adkins at: firstname.lastname@example.org. No scores have been reported this season from the Logan Middle School boys’ and girls teams and the Man Middle School boys’ and girls’ squads.