Chapmanville and Logan High Schools would once again be playing in the same Class AA sectional according to the latest proposal by the WVSSAC. Mingo Central would be placed in the same sectional.
The new proposal would place Chapmanville and Logan into the same Double-A sectional for boys and girls basketball and baseball and softball for the first time since 2003-08 when Logan last competed at the Class AA level.
Logan is dropping down to Class AA for the 2016-17 school year after the SSAC’s realignment, which was released in November. LHS has been a Class AAA school since 2008.
Chapmanville and Logan would play in a sectional comprised of Lincoln County, Wayne, Mingo Central and Scott. Lincoln County, like Logan, is also dropping to Class AA next school year.
The Wildcats and Tigers would, presumably, renew their rivalries in boys’ basketball and baseball during the regular season as well. The two schools haven’t played each other in those sports since 2011 when the series was shelved.
Chapmanville and Logan played a highly competitive series of games in baseball and softball along with Scott in the 2000s when the two schools were in the same sectional.
It often went down to the final winner-take-all game.
While the baseball series between the two schools ended four years ago, Logan and Chapmanville has kept up its rivalry in softball.
Logan dominated the series in boys’ basketball, winning every meeting between the two teams before the series was halted five years ago.
Schools have until Jan. 11 to make suggestions or submit changes to the sectional tourney proposal. The SSAC will then release its final sectional pairings on Jan. 25, according to SSAC Executive Director Gary Ray.
Man High School, which is moving up in classification next year to Class AA for the first time in more than 10 years, has been placed in a Double-A sectional against Westside, Wyoming East, Liberty Raleigh, Independence and Oak Hill as expected.
The Hillbillies have a longtime tradition in playing both Westside and Wyoming East and its previous high schools Pineville, Mullens, Oceana and Baileysville before consolidation.
Man will be in Region 3 Section 1, while Logan and Chapmanville would be placed in Region 4 Section 2, leaving open the possibility the Hillbillies could meet either the Wildcats or the Tigers in the state tournament or even a state championship game in baseball, softball or basketball.
In Man’s opposite Region 3 Section 2, those proposed teams are Bluefield, James Monroe, Shady Spring, River View and Pikeview.
Since Man moves up to AA, they will no longer be playing Tug Valley in the sectional. With the new proposal, Tug Valley would be paired with Tolsia, Hannan, Sherman, St. Joe and Van in the Class A, Region 4, Section 2.
In the opposite Region 4, Section 1 of Logan and Chapmanville, five schools make up that group, including Point Pleasant, Winfield, Poca, Nitro and Sissonville.
Point Pleasant, Winfield and Nitro are all dropping from Class AA to 2A.
Nitro, Winfield and Logan are all joining the Cardinal Conference as well.
Tolsia, which is dropping down to Class A, is leaving the conference and will be renewing its old sectional rivalry with Tug Valley in basketball.
Also in the same Class A Region 4 Section 2 along with the Rebels and Panthers will be Van, Sherman, Huntington St. Joe and Hannan, according to the proposal.
In the opposite Region 4 Section 1 are Buffalo, Calhoun County, Parkersburg Catholic, Ravenswood, Wirt County, Wahama and Williamstown.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).