The host Cleveland Blue Raiders are in the No. 2 spot for the tournament which begins Feb. 13 and will go against No. 7-seeded Soddy-Daisy at 7:30 p.m.
The Bradley Bears take on McMinn County on the second night of the tournament, also at 7:30 with the winner facing off against the winner of Cleveland/Soddy-Daisy.
On Feb. 15, Walker Valley tips off against Rhea County at 7:30 with the winner moving on to play Ooltewah in the semifinals on Feb. 16 at 6 p.m.
“No question this will be a fun tournament. I think it will be similar to the way it’s been the last couple of years. It is going to be wide open,” said Jason McCowan, head coach of the host Cleveland Blue Raiders.
“Obviously Ooltewah being No. 1 is the one that would be considered the favorite, but I really don’t know who the favorite would be. I don’t think there is a clear-cut favorite. We’ve all beaten each other and we’ve kind of beat up on each other lately. I think it’s going to be fun to wipe the slate clean.”
Semifinals action is set for the 16th for boys and girls with the boys finals slated for Feb. 18.
“I don’t think you can go into any game thinking the No. 3 is better than the No. 6 or No. 2 is better than the three. I just don’t think you can do that,” said McCowan. “You get a one-game scenario and whoever is playing well that night is going to win.
The girls will open with the No. 1-seeded Bearettes watching the action with a first-round bye. No. 2-seeded McMinn County takes the floor against Soddy-Daisy on the first night of the tournament with No. 3 Cleveland and No. 6 Ooltewah going at it on Valentine’s Day. No. 4 Walker Valley and No. 5 Rhea County play on the 15th with the winner going against Bradley Central on Feb. 16.
A familiar face will act as tournament director for the tournament which will cover a seven-day stretch. Former CHS athletics director Charlie Cogdill will oversee the proceedings in the absence of current director Eric Phillips who will be away at the state wrestling tournament.
“I’m kind of back in familiar territory. I’ve directed three district and region tournaments. It’s good to be back doing it one more time. Coach Phillips will be gone the first four days and (CHS Principal) Autumn O’Brien asked me to help them out. I spent a lot of years here and I’m glad to help out,” Cogdill said.
“It’s going to be a fun. It’s going to be a good tournament and a very balanced tournament, it looks like.”