6th grade teams begin play Jan. 20 in James C. Haile State Tournament
By Andy Southard | January 11, 2018 8:40 am
Last Updated: January 11, 2018 at 8:47 am
While there is not one lone state champion named in middle school basketball in the state of Tennessee, there is one invitational tournament that has been naming a season-ending winner for the last 39 years, and three White County Middle School teams will be competing in it this year.
The James C. Haile State Invitational Tournament, hosted by Middle Tennessee Christian School, in Murfreesboro, is the oldest continuous state junior high tournament, in Tennessee. The event is named in honor of a White County native who helped establish the tournament and coached at Central Middle School, in Murfreesboro.
The WCMS 6th grade Warriorettes will get their tournament started, at 3:15 p.m., Jan. 20. The Warriorettes got the #1 overall seed in the tournament and got a bye into the second round. The Warriorettes will take on the winner of the North Middle School against Prescott South Middle School game. If the Warriorettes win that game, they will move to the championship game that will be played at 9 a.m., Jan. 27.
The Warriors will have to win two games to make it to the championship game. The Warriors will get their tournament started at 11:30 a.m., Jan. 20. The Warriors, who got the #1 seed in the tournament and received a bye, will play the winner of the Barfield/Walter J. Baird matchup. If the Warriors win that game, they will play at 5:45 p.m., Jan. 22. If the Warriors win both of those games, then they will play for the championship at 10:30 p.m., Jan. 27.