0206_ManPocaGame Caleb Blevins

Man High School’s Caleb Blevins puts up a one-handed shot in the Hillbillies’ 74-42 loss at home last season to Poca.

MAN — This year will mark the final season for Man High School as a Double-A school.

With the recent announcement by the WVSSAC and its new realignment, the Hillbillies will be heading back down to Single-A status next year.

So this season, Man will hope to have a successful last year in the Class AA ranks.

Man, led by fourth-year head coach T.J. Blevins, was 10-13 last season, falling 84-46 to Lincoln County in the opening round of the Class AA Region 4 Section 2 Tournament at Logan.

Man was 7-16 two years ago and 0-22 three seasons ago under Blevins.

The Billies will field a young team this season but will hope to put all the pieces together by post-season tournament time.

Lost to graduation are Zack Cook and Tyler Elkins. Senior twin brothers Matt and Andy Spaulding, are also gone and are now playing for Beth Haven Christian.

“Last year we lived and died by the 3-pointer but this year our offense will change,” Blevins said. “We now have an inside/outside team. We can feed the post and find the open man. The inside game will help our outside game this year.”

Man’s top three players returning are Austin Ball, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, Caleb Blevins, another sophomore, and Ryan Cozart, a junior. Ball and Cozart are forwards. Blevins is a guard.

Also Returning is senior Quentin Moody at center.

Man also welcomes in transfer junior guard Peyton Adams, from Logan High School. Adams is expected to make an immediate impact with the Billies this season and will likely run the show as the point guard.

“We now have a true point guard,” Blevins said when asked about Adams coming in.

Also pushing for lot of playing time are sophomores Jeremiah Harless and Jackson Tackett and junior Christain Toler, who all three can shot the 3-ball.

“We are 10 or 11 deep,” Blevins said.

Senior Jacob Frazier and juniors Hunter Anderson and Brady Hall Montgomery will be looking for playing time as well.

Man is scheduled to open the season on Dec. 12 at home against Mercer Christian. The Hillbillies then travel to Mount View on Dec. 13 and to Point Pleasant on Dec. 17.

Man plays Tug Valley on Dec. 19 in the inaugural Country Roads Classic at Chapmanville Regional High School and then returns to the CRHS tourney on Dec. 21 with a game against Nitro.

Other highlights to the schedule are home-and-home series against county rival Logan and Mingo Central.

Man will play its last 2A season in its current six-team sectional against Chapmanville, Logan, Mingo Central, Scott and Lincoln County.

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Boys’ Basketball Schedule:

Dec. 12: Mercer Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 13: at Mount View, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 17: at Point Pleasant, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 19: vs. Tug Valley (at Country Roads Classic, Chapmanville), 7 p.m.

Dec. 21: vs. Nitro (at Country Roads Classic, Chapmanville), TBA

Dec. 27: Pikeview, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 4: Logan, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 7: at River View, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 11: Riverside, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 15: at Pikeview, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 17: Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 23: at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 25: at Riverside, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 28: Mount View, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 4: River View, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 8: Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 14: at Logan, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 18: at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 21: Huntington St. Joe, 7:30 p.m.

Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. Follow him on Twitter at @PAdkinsBanner or email him at padkins@hdmediallc.com