Mother Nature caused cancellations of some Thursday night sporting contests but as the sun comes out today, everything should be in full swing for this evening and the weekend.
With a pair of big wrestling matches postponed last night, one will be contested this evening while the other was moved to the middle of next week.
Defending state champion and top-ranked Soddy-Daisy will be at Jim Smiddy Arena tonight for a key Region 4 showdown with fifth-ranked Bradley Central, with the varsity action under the spotlight at 7 p.m.
The county rivalry match between second-ranked Cleveland and No. 8 Walker Valley has been reset for Wednesday at “The Stable.” Both matches will determine the seeding for the Region 4 Duals, which will be held on Thursday at the Raider Dome.
Despite school cancellations today in Cleveland, Bradley and Polk counties, with the weather supposed to warm up today, all area basketball games are still slated to be played tonight.
Walker Valley is set to host McMinn County in a District 5-AAA matchup, while the Bradley teams will travel to Soddy-Daisy to do the same.
Cleveland is making the short trip to Ooltewah for the East Hamilton Classic to face Central Park out of Birmingham, Ala. The Blue Raiders will play first with a 5 p.m. tipoff while the Lady Raiders will take the court at 6:30 p.m.
The Polk County hoops squads will entertain Meigs County in a key District 5-AA doubleheader this evening.
On Saturday, the Bradley Central girls will head south of Atlanta to Fayetteville, Ga., to participate in the Starr’s Mills Girls’ Night Out. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
The Bearettes are 17-1 on the season and moved up to the No. 4 spot in this week’s Associated Press state Class AAA poll. They will be taking on the Wesleyan School from Peachtree Corners, Ga. Wesleyan has won nine of the last 11 Georgia Class AA state championships, including the last five straight.
“They (Wesleyan) have five girls who have already signed college scholarships, including one that is going to Auburn,” explained Bradley coach Jason Reuter. “They will be a strong test for us.”
The Bearettes have already defeated two-time defending state champs Girls Prep School earlier this season as well as former Georgia state titlist Fayette County and defending South Carolina state runner-up Dorman. Bradley’s lone defeat came to reigning North Carolina state champ Millbrook in the title game at the Upward Classic in Spartanburg, S.C., just after Christmas.
Both local collegiate programs will be on their home courts Saturday as well.
Nationally ranked Lee University will play host to Brewton Parker in a Southern States Athletic Conference twin bill at Walker Arena, beginning at 2 p.m.
At the same time, Cleveland State will entertain Roane State in a pair of NJCAA Region VII battles at L. Quinton Lane Gymnasium.