Despite School Being Out, 5-AAA Tournament To Start Friday

Six Games Scheduled At East Hamilton Gyms

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - by Larry Fleming

OK, folks.

School's out.

But, games on

The District 5-AAA high school basketball tournament, which was scheduled to start on Wednesday, was given the OK on Thursday to start play Friday afternoon at East Hamilton School.

Hamilton County Schools’ policy is that no athletic activity can be conducted when classes are not in session, in this case school was out since Tuesday due to the threat or actual existence of inclement weather.

More than seven inches of snow fell on the Chattanooga area on Wednesday and classes were not in session and won’t be in session Friday.

But, county school officials conceded this was an unusual circumstance and granted permission for the tournament to begin.

“I talked to my principal (Gail Chuy) and she went up the chain of command explaining what we were up against,” said Michael Stone, boys coach at East Hamilton. “(Superintendent) Rick Smith gave us permission to play.”

What the district teams were facing was to cram a lot of games into a small time frame.

The district tourney is scheduled to end Tuesday, with the Region 3-AAA tourney is slated to start three days later.

So, the tourney tips off with six games today.

Two girls’ games will be played in the middle school gym:

East Hamilton goes against McMinn County at 6 p.m. and Walker Valley against Soddy-Daisy at 7:30.

Four games are slated for the high school gym:

The Ooltewah and Cleveland girls start the action at 3 p.m. and three boys’ games will follow. Ooltewah plays McMinn County at 4:30, Cleveland takes on East Hamilton at 6 and Walker Valley and Soddy-Daisy wrap up the first round at 7:30 to complete the first round.

Bradley Centrals Bears and Bearettes won regular-season titles and received the No. 1 seeds and bye to the semifinals on Saturday.

The girls’ consolation and championship games are set for Monday.

The boys’ consolation and championship games will follow Tuesday.

The schedule:

Friday

6 – McMinn County vs. East Hamilton, middle school gym

7:30 – Walker Valley girls vs. Soddy-Daisy, middle school gym

3 – Cleveland girls vs. Ooltewah, high school gym

4:30 – Ooltewah boys vs. McMinn County, high school gym

6 – Cleveland boys vs. East Hamilton

7:30 – Walker Valley boys vs. Soddy-Daisy

Saturday

Semifinal Games

3 – McMinn-East Hamilton girls winner vs. Walker Valley-Soddy-Daisy

4:30 – Bradley Central girls vs. Cleveland-Ooltewah winner

6 – Ooltewah-McMinn boys winner vs. Cleveland-East Hamilton winner

7:30 – Bradley Central boys vs. Walker Valley-Soddy-Daisy winner

Monday

6 – Girls consolation game

7:30 – Girls championship game

Tuesday

6 – Boys consolation game

7:30 – Boys championship game

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Baylor Stays Unbeaten With Volleyball Sweep Of CCS

Baylor's unbeaten volleyball season continued Monday with a sweep of Chattanooga Christian at Baylor, the Lady Red Raiders winning by scores of 25-9, 25-12 and 25-12. Ally Craig had 11 kills and eight digs for Baylor while Sarah Sumida finished with 35 assists and Sarah Barker seven kills.  A.J. Johnson had eight kills and a dozen digs to lead the Lady Chargers while Rachel ... (click for more)

UTC Volleyball Adds Former Standout Lauren Gainer To Staff

Head coach  Travis Filar  and the Chattanooga volleyball program announce the addition of former Mocs standout,  Lauren Gainer , to the staff for the upcoming season. Gainer, a spring 2016 graduate of UTC, will assume a volunteer role as the Director of Student-Athlete Development. She recently completed her Master's Degree at the University of ... (click for more)

Coolidge Park Crowd Gets Twilight, Cricket Chirping As Solar Eclipse Arrives

A crowd at Coolidge Park and the nearby Walnut Street Bridge got twilight and cricket chirping as the heralded solar eclipse finally arrived at mid-afternoon Monday. As the moon moved across the sun around 2:30 p.m., birds quit chirping and began to roost. Crickets started going full force. Lights on the Market Street Bridge began to flicker on. The event, sponsored by Comcast, ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Airport President Gets New Contract Amid Double-Digit Growth, Improvements

Chattanooga Airport President Terry Hart has been given a six-year extension on his contract amid double-digit passenger increases and a host of airport improvements. There is no increase in his $158,377 pay, but the board plans to put in annual performance reviews with some built-in bonuses. Jim Hall, vice chairman of the Airport Board, said it is also important that the ... (click for more)

Tom Decosimo: My Great-Great-Grandparents Are Buried At The Confederate Cemetery - And Response

To Mayor Berke, I cannot add any more to the very fine comments made in opposition to your empty jester to remove the city as a trustee of the Confederate Cemetery. I can, however, add some personal perspective as my great-great-grandparents are buried there. Penelope McDermott Cooke was a Daughter of the Confederacy and was concerned the remains of the Confederates who ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Writing From Bragg Avenue

Far and away, my favorite comment on destroying statues appeared on my Facebook page the other day and, believe it or not, it was the clear-minded Times Free Press Sports Editor Stephen Hargis who penned, “This statue offends me! It must be torn down!” Underneath his fiery words, the long-suffered UT football fan posted a picture of the bronze monument outside of Bryant-Denny stadium ... (click for more)