Class AA State Tourney Preview

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Wednesday night begins the AA battles with two games followed by two more on Thursday morning. A preview follows:

CPA vs. Dyer County

Livingston Academy vs. Fulton

Mitchell vs. Austin East

Bolivar Central vs. Howard


Coach: Drew Maddux

Nickname: Lions

Record: 31-3

Top Players:

Zaccheus Mason

Hunter Miller

David Anderson

Matt Zelenik

The Lions have yet to taste defeat at the hands of a Tennessee school this season. Mason is the go to guy with his powerful game inside and ability to control a game from the glass. Miller and Anderson can light things up from the perimeter. This team is very well coached and disciplined, not easily rattled.


Dyer County

Coach: Derek McCord

Nickname: Choctaws

Record: 31-1

Top Players:

Justin Blake

Jeremy Kimble

C.J. Crittendon

D'Angelo Parr

A return trip to the 'boro won't be complete without a gold ball brought back to Newburn. Justin Blake leads the charge with his wicked outside shooting and ability to finish off the break. Kimble is a demon on the glass and Crittendon is a demon on the defensive end of the floor. This team will come at you with everything they got..are you ready?


Livingston Academy

Coach: Richard Melton

Nickname: Wildcats

Record: 30-4

Top Players:

Chase Dunn

T.J. Smith

Todd Smith

Deven Ramsey

"Hog-eye" works it's way to the 'boro led by the incomperable Chase Dunn. The electrifying point guard controls tempo for his Wildcats and gets open shots for the brothers Smith. Inside the Cats have a little size and will run if you think they can't.



Coach: Jody Wright

Nickname: Falcons

Record: 25-4

Top Players:

James Gallman

Jalen Steele

Dominique Minor

Will Bryant

The recipe for success Fulton style consists of Gallman setting the table, Minor and Steele taking orders and Bryant ready to clean it all up. This team is tough and athletic with no quit in their respective vocab.



Coach: Jerry Johnson

Nickname: Tigers

Record: 23-8

Top Players:

Erik Buggs

Mardracus Wade

Lewis McCaster

Kenyan Torry

The loss of ETSU signee Jarvis Jones will be a blow but not something Mitchell can't overcome with their tremendous depth. Buggs, headed for Valpo, is quick and Wade is fastly becoming one of the best in his class. McCaster is huge and knows his role while Torry can score on anyone at any time.


Austin East

Coach: Charles Mitchell

Nickname: Roadrunners

Record: 28-7

Top Players:

Chance Jones

Chase Jones

Darrell Flourence

Travai Pryor

The Roadrunners made a statement in their sub-state trouncing, contending they are back and ready for a battle at state. The Jones twins account for scoring and defense with Flourence able to heat up at  moments notice. Pryor could be a dominant force.



Coach: Walter McGary

Nickname: Hustlin Tigers

Record: 30-2

Top Players:

Dominique Taylor

Darius Ricks

Brandon Allen

Dominique Harper

The Hustlin Tigers live up their name able to run you out of the gym if your not careful. Taylor is the make it happen man with skills on the perimeter, off the dribble and anywhere in between. Ricks and Allen are intelligent players who cans core and defend. The difference maker could be Harper if he controls the glass and plays with emotion.


Bolivar Central

Coach: Rick Rudesill

Nickname: Tigers

Record: 28-4

Top Players:

Chris Reeves

Jeremy Rhodes

Jay Murphy

Monterrio Crisp

A familiar face returns to the Murphy Center after a small hiatus. Bolivar brings a new cast and crew led by junior guard Chris Reeves. He is complemented by senior post Jeremy Rhodes who has seen his game rise as the season has come to a close. The Tigers are deep and talented and will be a joy to watch in this uptempo clash with Howard.