Region 3-AAA Tourney Resumes Monday At Cleveland High

Four District 5-AAA Teams Make Up Boys Semifinal Field

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - by Larry Fleming

After a quick day of rest on Sunday, the Region 3-AAA basketball tournament resumes Monday with four girls semifinal games at Cleveland High School.

Four boys games are scheduled on Tuesday.

In a meeting of District 5-AAA rivals, Bradley Central’s Bearettes (26-2), ranked No. 7 in the latest CoachT.com poll and coming off an 87-45 dismantling of Cumberland County on Friday, will take on McMinn County’s Lady Cherokees (20-8) at 6 p.m. for the third time this season.

Two District 6-AAA teams – Cookeville (22-10) and White County (20-11) are set to tip off their semifinal showdown a little after 7:30 p.m.

The Bearettes and Lady Cherokees are playing their fifth elimination game in the postseason since the 1994-95 season and Bradley has won the four previous meetings in 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2002 – the last two times also coming in the region semifinals.

Since 1994-95, the Bearettes are 10-4 against the Lady Cherokees.

McMinn County beat Coffee County, 39-37, in the quarterfinals to set up Monday’s game.

Bradley Central coach Jason Reuter, 84-10 in three seasons, is 8-0 against McMinn County while Lady Cherokees coach Tim McPhail is 1-15 against the Bearettes.

The Bearettes beat McMinn twice earlier this season by scores of 66-48 and 65-39.

Cookeville won both regular-season games against White County by 53-48 and 55-50.

On Tuesday, Ooltewah’s Owls (18-9) get a rematch with Walker Valley (19-11). The fourth-seeded Mustangs upset the No. 1-seeded Owls, 62-59, when Caio Hysinger hit a buzzer-beating shot from beyond the mid-court line in the District 5-AAA semifinals.

Ooltewah knocked off White County, 76-67, Saturday in Sparta and 5-AAA tourney champion Walker Valley walloped Warren County, 62-46, to set up Tuesday’s showdown. Game time is 6 p.m.

Mustangs coach Bob Williams is 10-11 all-time against Ooltewah, the district semifinal win snapping a nine-game losing streak in the series. Owls coach Jesse Nayadley is 9-3 versus Walker Valley.  

Walker Valley eliminated the Owls, 90-49, in the first round of the 2008 region tournament. Ooltewah ended the Mustangs’ 2010-11 season with a 91-55 victory in the first round of the district tournament.

This will be the fourth time the Owls and Mustangs have played this season, with Ooltewah sweeping the regular-season series.

The 19 wins by Walker Valley this season are the most since it went 34-2 in 2008-09 and lost in the state semifinals to Raleigh-Egypt, 82-59.

Cross-town rivals Bradley Central (17-12) and Cleveland (19-11) tip off around 7:30 p.m., with the game marking the 101st in postseason play for veteran Bears coach Kent Smith. He is 71-29 in the playoffs and 425-144 overall.

The Bears have won two of three previous postseason elimination games against the Blue Raiders.

Bradley is trying to win its eighth region title in Smith’s 17-year tenure.

The Blue Raiders are 17-14 in the postseason under coach Jason McCowan, who in five-plus seasons is 8-8 against the Bears. Cleveland won the 2009-10 region tournament title with an 83-59 win over Ooltewah and finished the season with a 26-5 record

Region 3-AAA Tournament Schedule

Monday

Girls

McMinn County (20-8) vs. Bradley Central, 6 p.m.

Cookeville (22-10) vs. White County (20-11), 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday

Boys

Walker Valley (19-11) vs. Ooltewah (18-9), 6 p.m.

Cleveland (19-11) vs. Bradley Central (17-12, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday

Girls championship, 7 p.m.

Thursday

Boys championship, 7 p.m.

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)

 



Annual Bobcat Cheer Extravaganza Coming To Chattooga High On Sept. 25

More than 400 recreation league, middle school, high school and all-star cheerleaders are scheduled to compete and perform at the 5th Annual Bobcat Cheer Extravaganza, presented by Georgia Northwestern, on  Monday, Sept. 25 . This year's event will be held at Chattooga High School in Summerville, which has produced several current and former Cheer ... (click for more)

Former Baylor School Swimmer Peter Lochmaier On Air Force Academy Swim Roster

Former Baylor School swimmer Peter Lochmaier has been named to the Air Force Academy men's swimming/diving roster for 2017-18. The Falcons officially open the season on  Friday, Oct. 6,  at the Colorado Mesa Invitational.  Lochmaier, a freshman from Signal Mountain, e arned four letters in swimming and diving at Baylor and was a 2017 All-American in ... (click for more)

Lone Survivor Of Lookout Valley Massacre Says He Is 100% Sure Morse Was One Of Shooters; Detective Tells Of Retrieving Guns

The lone survivor of a massacre at a Lookout Valley trailer park on April 9, 2014, testified Wednesday that he is 100 percent sure that Derek Morse was one of the two shooters. Matthew Callam said he was thrown off initially by the fact that Morse had facial hair at the time, but he said when he was shown a recent photo of Morse soon after the incident "it was like I was looking ... (click for more)

3 Firefighters Carry Unresponsive Woman From Burning Lookout Valley Home

Three Chattanooga firefighters early Wednesday morning carried an unresponsive woman from a burning house in Lookout Valley.   At  3:08  a.m., firefighters were dispatched to a house fire at 111 Centro Ave.The 911 dispatchers told the responding firefighters that someone may be trapped inside. Upon arrival, the firefighters observed smoke and flames coming ... (click for more)

Send All Ed Johnson Donations To The Greater Chattanooga Community Foundation

To all concerned, I believe there was mistake printed in a recent article stating to send donations to me at the school. I would ask that all donations be sent to the Greater Chattanooga Community Foundation to the attention of the Ed Johnson Memorial. This project is in no way affiliated with HCDE schools. All funds are housed there and are tax deductible. Mr. Savage ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where’s God In This?

Over half of Florida is still trying to catch its breath and now there is another murderer, one named Maria, mauling Puerto Rico this morning on her way to the United States. On August 25 Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. It killed an estimated 50 people, displaced more than a million people and damaged some 200,000 homes in a path of more than 300 miles. The bills haven’t been sent out ... (click for more)