The 32-team tournament kicks off the season for many teams, not only in Cherokee County, but in the surrounding area.
Pool matches will be played not only at host Sequoyah, as well as Creekview, Etowah and River Ridge. The tournament begins today and continues through Saturday evening.
“It’s always good to start out playing at home,” Sequoyah coach John Edwards said. “Just the familiarity of your gym and what not, we can start working the kinks out of what we need to do.”
Each pool features four teams, which will face one another in round-robin play today and Saturday morning. Teams will then be divided into gold and silver brackets for tournament play.
Gold-bracket games at Sequoyah will feature the top two teams from each pool and will decide the ultimate champion.
The silver bracket will feature the No. 3 and No. 4
teams from each pool, in matches at Creekview.
Edwards is pleased with the quality of the teams scheduled to participate.
“We have a lot of teams that were in the playoffs of their respective classifications last year,” Edwards said. “Ones that weren’t in the playoffs were at least competitive last year. We try to match programs up the best we can, as far as playing someone not in their area and not in their classification, so you get a chance to see teams that maybe you wouldn’t see until the state playoffs, or that you would never play normally. It’s just good to look at different teams.”
Pools A and B will play their matches at Sequoyah. Pool A will feature Milton, Lambert, Sequoyah and Whitewater, with Pool B made up of Newnan, Alpharetta, Roswell and Apalachee.
Pools C and D will compete at Etowah. Pool C features Pope, Sonoraville, Etowah and Mount Vernon Presbyterian, while Pool D contains Norcross, South Forsyth, Kell and Northgate.
Pools E and F will take place at River Ridge. Pool E will contain Marietta, Oconee County, River Ridge and Northside-Columbus. Pool F will be made up of Rockdale County, Lassiter, Cherokee and East Coweta.
Pools G and H will play at Creekview. Pool G will feature Allatoona, Woodstock, Starrs Mill and Sprayberry. Pool H will contain Dunwoody, Cartersville, Creekview and Houston County.
Some areas have several teams competing. In addition to Creekview, Sequoyah and River Ridge, Sprayberry and Kell are both a part of Area 7AAAAA. Etowah, Woodstock and Cherokee are a part of Area 5AAAAAA, along with Milton, Roswell and Pope.
While Sequoyah hopes to play for the gold bracket championship, it will have to get past some good opponents to do that.
“We have a certain level of expectations, but it’s not something that we assume is going to happen, because there are a lot of good teams,” Edwards said. “Then, there are teams that you haven’t seen in a year or two, so you really just don’t know what is going to happen until you start playing. I can just tell you that we are ready to start playing.”