CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — Last year’s out-of-state venture by the Chapmanville Regional High School basketball team didn’t go so well.
The Tigers traveled to Daytona Beach, Fla., to take part in the Christmastime Daytona Beach Sunshine Classic.
Chapmanville went 1-2 in the tournament but faced extremely tough competition.
Despite the pair of losses, the rigourous games helped the Tigers prepare for what was to come.
Chapmanville eventually marched all the way to the Class AA state championship game at the Charleston Civic Center and came within a whisker of capturing the school’s first-ever state title in basketball as the Tigers lost 59-54 to Fairmont Senior in the finals.
The Tigers are seeming to use the same formula this season but hope to end the 2017-18 roundball campaign with a state championship.
For the second straight year, Chapmanville will make an out-of-state tournament. Chapmanville is set to take part in the Smokey Mountain Classic, Dec. 28-30 at Gatlinburg, Tenn., over Christmas break.
It’s still not known who the Tigers will play in the Volunteer State tournament, however, the Smoky Mountain Classic has a solid reputation for bringing in some of the best high school basketball teams from the southeast and other parts of the country.
The Tigers will be guaranteed three games in the tourney.
Gatlinburg and the surrounding area are still recovering from last November’s wildfires which eventually killed 14 people, destroyed 2,400 buildings and burned almost 18,000 acres in Sevier County.
Last season in Florida, Chapmanville beat Woodstock, Ga., 83-76, then lost to Atlantic, Fla., 62-43, and Rowan…
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