CHAPMANVILLE — There will be some changes next season in the Cardinal Conference.
The additions of Logan, Nitro and Winfield will make the Cardinal a 10-team league.
The conference will be split into two divisions — the South with Chapmanville, Logan, Scott, Wayne and Mingo Central and the North with Sissonville, Herbert Hoover, Poca, Nitro and Winfield.
As far as the basketball season goes, the plan is to have a 13-game conference schedule with each school playing the other four division teams in a home-and-home series and single games against the opposite division.
Chapmanville basketball coach Brad Napier said it’s a good move to add the three schools.
“I think that it will be great. We’re excited about it,” Napier said. “There will be three good Triple-A teams coming down. The Cardinal Conference took a big step up in competition level and play and it’s going to be fun.”
Nitro has struggled on the basketball court in recent years. The Wildcats were just 3-8 heading into this week.
Logan and Winfield, however, enjoy strong tradition in boys’ basketball. Both are somewhat down this year, though. Logan was 5-7 heading into this week’s play, while the Generals were 3-7.
Winfield beat Logan 71-53 last week.
“It’s going to be a good basketball league going forward,” Napier said. “It was already strong. Now it’s going to be super strong.”
Having Logan and Chapmanville together again in the same conference will also renew the Logan County rivalry.
The Logan-Chapmanville series was discontinued following the 2010-11 season after a bench-clearing brawl in one of the two games.
Logan has more than 20-straight wins over Chapmanville when the series was last played from 2002-11.
The Wildcats toppled the Tigers 67-60 and 64-43 in the 2010-11 season.
The season before in Logan’s 25-3 Class AAA state championship season of 2009-10, the Cats beat the Tigers in a 96-91 classic at Willie Akers Arena and then exploded to a 108-75 win in the second meeting.
Logan and Chapmanville are also slated to be in the same 2A sectional along with Scott, Wayne and Mingo Central. The Cats and Tigers were both former sectional rivals as well.
The addition of Logan in the Cardinal Conference would also renew the rivalry with Chapmanville in baseball.
The two haven’t met on the diamond since 2011.
From 1999-2011, Logan holds a 29-8 record over the Tigers. The Wildcats have won the last six meetings from 2008-11.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).