Class A State Tournament Previews…Part II


Hometown: Chattanooga

Nickname: Crusaders

Record: 26-5

District: 5A

Region: 3A

Coach: Caleb Marcum

Top Players: Jeremy Sexton, Brandon Andrews, James Kemp

Region Final: 71-78 lost to Grace Baptist

Sub-State: 64-50 winner over Clay County


The coming out party for then junior Jeremy Sexton despite falling to eventual champion Union City in the first round. This time the Crusaders have a better ensemble surrounding Sexton and the Mr. Basketball candidate is ready to move onto the next round of action. 





Hometown: Roan Mountain

Nickname: Highlanders

Record: 20-10

District: 1A

Region: 1A

Coach: Ned Smith

Top Players: Randall Johnson, Logan Morgan, Matthew Potter

Region Final: 64-61 winner over University

Sub-State: 39-38 winner over Rockwood


Having to travel for their sub-state game despite winning their region finale did not deter the Highlanders in the least. Logan Morgan connected on agame winner and Cloudland is headed to the 'boro. This squad is tough, hard-nosed and crafty, so do not uinderestimate them. 




Clarksville Academy

Hometown: Clarksville

Nickname: Cougars

Record: 27-5

District: 10A

Region: 5A

Coach: Josh Smith

Top Players: Malcolm Smith, Martin Smith, Heath Dyer

Region Final: 63-51 winner over Eagleville

Sub-State: 72-63 winner over Collinwood


The Wonder Twins are talented well beyond their years but will the excitement and pageantry of the state tourney be overwhelming for their young minds. Other solid players make this a well rounded squad that will show all that they belong here. 





Hometown: Summertown

Nickname: Eagles

Record: 25-9

District: 12A

Region: 6A

Coach: Les Trotter

Top Players: Wes Long, Logan Harville, Bubba Clifton

Region Final: 54-49 winner over Collinwood

Sub-State: 68-58 winner over Eagleville


Mr. Basketball candidate Wes Long has unlimited range and his classmate Logan Harville has thrived while the opponents place so much emphasis on guarding Long. This Summertown squad is well coached, plays heard and can run at least 10 to 12 players at you. Those at this game will get a nice show.