Sonic Shootout tips off Thursday at WCHS
By Sparta Live | December 26, 2012 12:00 am
Sixteen teams from 14 different high schools will invade Roy Sewell Gymnasium as the 5th annual Sonic Shootout tips off today.
Eight boys’ and eight girls’ teams will begin play and hope to put together three wins in a row and earn the title of Sonic Shootout champion. The girls’ field is guaranteed a new champion as last year’s title winner, Blackman, is no in this field. The home standing White County High School Warriors will be looking to repeat as champions. The team they beat in the finals, Lebanon, is also back in this year’s field.
The tournament will kick off Thursday morning at 9 a.m. That will be the first of eight games during the course of the day. There will also be eight games on each of Friday and Saturday with the tournament championships taking place Saturday night.
The Warriors and Warriorettes will be the primetime games on Thursday night.
The WCHS girls will take on Bledsoe County at 6 p.m. The Warriorettes (10-2) are coming off a runner-up finish in the Winterfest Shootout. The loss in the championship game to Alcoa was only their second loss of the season. The other loss came at the hands of Bradley Central.
Bledsoe County is making their first appearance in the Sonic Shootout. They are currently 4-7 overall. They own wins over Van Buren County, Boyd Buchannan, Marion County and Grundy County. They have two common opponents with WCHS. They lost to York (65-55) and Clarkrange (71-48). The Warriorettes defeated both of those teams.
The Warriors, who are 8-4, after losing two of three at the tournament in which they played in Hilton Head, will take on Franklin County in Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. contest.
The Rebels (6-9) are the only team other than the WCHS teams that will have competed in all five Sonic Shootouts. FCHS and WCHS have no common opponents. The Rebels do have a win over another team in the field, the Oakland Patriots.
The first day of action begins with Harpeth Hall and Franklin squaring off in a girls’ contest. This will be both teams’ first appearance in the Sonic Shootout. Harpeth Hall, a private girls’ school in Nashville, comes into the game at 6-2. Franklin High School is currently 7-5.
The second game of the day pits Smith County against Shelbyville in a boys’ game slated for a 10:30 a.m. start. Both of these teams are also making their first appearance in the tournament.
Shelbyville is currently 3-7 with wins over Upperman, Coffee County and Lewis County. They have a loss to another team in the field, Lebanon. They will take on Smith County (2-12). They lost to the Warriors in Hilton Head. They have wins over Red Boiling Springs and Murfreesboro Central Magnet School.
The noon game will be a girls’ contest between Clarkrange and McMinn County. The Warriorettes have wins over both of these teams this season. Both teams are repeat competitors in the Shootout. Clarkrange is making their third appearance. They were runner-up in 2010. McMinn, who is making their fourth appearance, was runner-up to Blackman last year.
The Lady Buffalo stand at 11-2 coming into the tournament. Their other loss was to Ensworth. McMinn County is currently 7-4. In addition to having los to White County, they have fallen to Meigs County, Cleveland and Bradley Central.
The 1:30 p.m. boys’ contest will be between Oakland and Howard School from Chattanooga. Howard also played in the tournament last season. This will be the first appearance by the Oakland boys.
Oakland played in the same tournament that the Warriorettes played in last week and finished runner-up to the host team, Sevier County. They are 8-3. Their other two losses are to Independence and Franklin County. They have a win over Lebanon. Howard is currently 5-2.
At 3 p.m., the girls’ teams from Lebanon and Grainger will square off. Both teams are making their initial appearance in the tournament.
Lebanon comes in at 5-6 while the Grainger team from Rutledge is undefeated at 13-0.
The 4:30 p.m. contest is a boys’ game between Lebanon and East Limestone, Alabama. Both teams were in the tournament last year with Lebanon finishing runner-up to WCHS.
Lebanon is 3-9 overall. They have a win over Shelbyville and a loss to Oakland. Both of those are in this year’s tourney field. East Limestone, from Athens, Alabama, is the lone out of state team in this year’s event. They are 7-6 coming into the tournament.
The championship games of the tournament are set for 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tournament passes are available for $15 each or tickets can be purchased on a daily basis.
Over the five years of the tournament, 23 different boys’ teams and 26 different girls’ teams have competed. Eight girls teams have made multiple appearances and 10 boys’ teams have also played in more than one installment of the Shootout.
No team has won the event twice so far. The WCHS boys are the only team to have played in three of the four previous championship games. The Warriors and Warriorettes have each won the tournament one time. The Warriors have finished runner-up twice and the Warriorettes once.
Breakdown by year:
2011 – 1st – Blackman; 2nd – McMinn County
2010 – 1st – Upperman; 2nd – Clarkrange
2009 – 1st – Cannon County; 2nd – White County
2008 – 1st – White County; 2nd – Loudon
2011 – 1st – White County; 2nd – Lebanon
2010 – 1st – Riverdale; 2nd – White County
2009 – 1st – Sevier County; 2nd – Daniel Boone
2008 – 1st – Upperman; 2nd – White County