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Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Christiana girls cap off 24-0 season with sectional title

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An exciting Middle School basketball season is finished. Christiana Middle finished 24–0, which means, of course, coach Cory Bransford’s Lady Cougars won the regular season, the Christmas Tournament, the league tournament, and the sectional.

Christiana has been turning out fine student-athletes since Principal Willie Welchance and coach Bobby Wesson revived the program in the 1970s. Blackman, Oakland and Stewarts Creek challenged, but this was a black and gold year.

In boys, it was more mixed as Whitworth-Buchanan won the regular season but lost to Oakland in the tournament final by two. The Yellow Jackets never got a chance at revenge as they lost in the sectional to Columbia by six. Brad Decker’s Oakland Chargers caught fire their last few games and marched through the tournaments and won another title.
The District 7-AAA Tournament at Siegel opened up last night (weather permitting). Since I’m almost out of jobs as it is, I guess I better preview it.

In girls, Blackman is the favorite and I still think the best remaining three are Oakland, Riverdale and Smyrna. However, that may not be the correct order.

The difference is very slight. All four have 20 wins or more! So far, Riverdale cannot seem to avoid injuries or to find enough scorers to compliment Shelby Davenport and Alexa Middleton.

Also, the red and gold are still making too many turnovers. If they solve those problems, and if Middleton is 100 percent, the Lady Warriors will challenge Blackman. To further confuse matters, Smyrna and Oakland have both been getting better daily. Make that a LOT better.

In girls, if you finish fourth in the district, you likely play Columbia in the region. And if you finish second you are still in Columbia’s region bracket. The Lady Lions have won 17 in a row, beat Riverdale by two and lost to Blackman by twp. Let’s stay away from them for as long as possible.

In boys, this is a Siegel year. The Stars are clearly better than everyone else and have had a rare perfect regular season at 26–0. It will take a sub-par performance by Siegel and a good opponent playing at 100 percent to beat them in the district.

Blackman has the best chance of doing that. A revitalized La Vergne is third best and fourth is wide open. But let’s go with Oakland. Of the seven teams, three of them have 20 wins and three are near .500.

This should be a great tournament and upsets are very possible.

Check out our middle school scoreboard and also the schedule because tonight is the Middle School All-Star night at La Vergne Middle. The gates open at 5:30. There will be two games and also skill contests. Great fun, I promise.

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