The Cannon Courier
With most people recovering from either stuffing themselves with Thanksgiving food or grabbing the best deal on Black Friday, the Cannon County high school basketball teams will be playing in the 9th Annual Mitch Wilson Classic along with 28 other statewide basketball teams on November 27th and 28th at Robert A. Harris Gymnasium and Woodbury Grammar School.
Each of the 30 teams, 15 boys and 15 girls will play two games, one per day, as part of the event and the Lions and Lionettes programs are thrilled and excited to host the 2015 edition.
"I am really excited," Wilson said on November 18. "It has grown from what it was nine years ago. Station Camp is coming in here along with some other big powerhouse state wide teams, including ours. So, I look real forward to these games next weekend, and it will be a lot of excitement out there."
The Lions and Lionettes will play the final game at CCHS on both nights as they host Grundy County on Friday, November 27 at 6:30 p.m. and Cookeville on Saturday, November 28 at the same time. The boys' games will follow both nights around 8 p.m.
Lions head coach and athletic director Matt Rigsby believes the event not only helps the community, but also gives the program a chance to play quality non-district opponent on its home floor.
"It is the regular season, and it is great to be able to have the support of Mr. Wilson and State Farm, so it allows us to bring in 28 other teams. It is the largest classic in the state in terms of the volume of teams. To put something on of this magnitude is huge. It is very thrilling for us to know we are bringing all of these people to Woodbury."
The action will begin at 9:30 a.m. on both days with games at each location and the programs participating include: Warren County, Upperman, Baylor, Livingston, McCallie, Nashville Central Christian, Cookeville, LEAD Academy, Grundy County, Covanant Academy, Saint Cecilia, Smyrna, DeKalb County, Greater Gwinnett, Smith County, Pickett County, East Robertson, Austin-East and LaVergne. Some programs will include both boys and girls, while other schools are just bringing one of their squads for competition.