Not all of the area’s sports attention for the week will be focused on action in the GISA Class A state basketball tournament as baseball, tennis and soccer competition also is on tap.
The hoop play does deserve top billing in that two of the five area schools have qualified a team for the Final Four being hosted by Mercer University.
Crisp Academy’s Lady Wildcats are to play there today at 1 p.m. against Curtis Baptist’s Lady Crusaders. The winner advances to Saturday’s noon title game vs. the victor of today’s 2:30 p.m. tilt pitting Georgia Christian and Citizens Christian.
Fullington Academy’s Trojans face Dawson Street’s Wildcats Friday at 2:30. The victor qualifies for Saturday’s 1:40 p.m. title contest against the survivor of Friday’s 1 p.m. battle between Curtis Baptist and Georgia Christian.
The one remaining area public school that may still be alive in state play is Wilcox County which visited Turner County last night for an Elite Eight Class A match-up.
Both teams took 21-4 records that included a split with each other into that clash. The winner advances to Friday’s Final Four where at either 5:30 or 8:30 the opponent will be the victor of the Mitchell County-Portal High game.
On the baseball front, Crisp and Dooly counties both have outings on tap.
The 1-1 Cougars, whose scheduled game vs. Tift County this past Tuesday was postponed due to field conditions, are competing in the LaGrange Invitational where they’ll play twice on Friday and Saturday.
Their first foe will be Lambert of Suwanee at 5:30 p.m. and their second opponent will be the host school at 8:30. On Saturday, they face Russell County of Phenix City, Ala., at 12:30 p.m. How they have fared in those three starts will determine who and when they play later that day.
The Bobcats of Dooly, meanwhile, will be making their debut at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Pacelli of Columbus.
Scheduled baseball openers for Crisp and Fullington academies have been delayed.
Due to a schedule mix-up, the Wildcats won’t be playing in either the March 8-9 Border Wars tournament in Phenix City or the Frederica Invitational at St. Simons. Unless substitute competition can be found, Crisp won’t open until 4:30 p.m. March 15 at home against Fullington.
Due to their school’s state basketball tournament participation, the Trojans postponed their opener initially scheduled for a 3 p.m. Friday doubleheader at Southland of Americus. They’ll now make their debut Tuesday at 4:30 at Terrell County.
With rain having washed out their scheduled visit to Dodge County this past Tuesday, Wilcox High’s Patriots (2-1) have no diamond activity planned the remainder of the week.
On the tennis scene, Crisp County’s High’s Cougars (3-3) and Lady Cougars (5-1) are to visit Westover today at 4 p.m. while in soccer the Crisp girls and boys will entertain Americus-Sumter for competition starting at 5:30 (boys) and 7:30.
AREA SPORTS SLATE
GISA Semifinals at Mercer University
1 p.m. — Crisp Academy girls vs. Curtis Baptist
4:30 p.m. — Crisp County at Westover
GISA Final Four at Mercer University
2:30 p.m. — Fullington boys vs. Dawson Street
GHSA Class A Elite 8 at Ft. Valley State
TBA — Wilcox-Turner boys winner vs. Mitchell-Portal winner
LaGrange High Invitational
5:30 p.m. — Crisp County vs. Lambert of Suwanee
8 p.m. — Crisp County vs. LaGrange High
Regular Season Play
4:30 p.m. — Dooly County at Pacelli (Columbus)
5:30 p.m. — Americus-Sumter at Crisp County girls and boys
GISA Finals at Mercer University
Noon — Crisp-Curtis Baptist girls winner vs. Ga. Christian-Citizens Christian winner
1:40 p.m. — Fullington-Dawson Street boys winner vs. Georgia Christian-Curtis Baptist winner
LaGrange High Invitational
12:30 p.m. — Crisp County vs. Russell County (Ala.)
TBA — Crisp plays once more with time and opponent based upon results of its first three tournament games