Weather forces postponements in basketball, wrestling
by Brandon Miller
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This week's bout with winter weather has pushed back basketball and wrestling competitions involving local high school teams.

Because of school closures, all but two local girls basketball sub-regionals have been pushed back until at least Friday. Faith Christian coach Bradley Dawson said this afternoon the Lions are still set to play at Skyline on Thursday at 7 p.m. Also, Spring Garden girls coach Ricky Austin said his team still is set to play Jefferson Christian at home Thursday at 7 p.m.

White Plains’ home game against Ashville will be Saturday at 7 p.m, according to school principal Andy Ward.

Anniston girls coach and athletics director Eddie Bullock said his team will play Friday and possibly host the boys sub-regional game that night, too. Both the Anniston girls and boys are set to host sub-regional contests. Bullock said no tip-off time has been set.

Ranburne coach Tim Smith said the Bulldogs will play on the road against Lanett on Friday at 6 p.m., while Jacksonville coach Ryan Chambless said his team will host Munford on Friday at 7 p.m.

Woodland has postponed its home game against LaFayette, but Bobcats coach Larry Strain said it's uncertain when it will be replayed. Saks coach Michelle Lively said this afternoon the Wildcats' sub-regional game at Glencoe will be rescheduled for Friday at 6 p.m.

In high school wrestling, the start for this week’s state tournament at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center has been pushed back a day. The Alabama High School Athletic Association announced this morning the Class 6A preliminaries will start Friday at 10 a.m. The event originally was set to start Thursday.

“It is what it is,” Oxford wrestling coach Matt Tanner said. “There’s not really anything you can do. It does kind of help us as far as weight because for Class 6A we only have to weigh in two days. That kind of helps us out a little bit.”

Class 1A-4A and 5A are pushed back as well, although both still will begin Friday. Those divisions, which were originally scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m., will begin competition at 3:30.

Saturday’s schedule for consolation finals and championship finals has not changed. Class 6A consolation semifinals will start at 9 a.m. and the consolation finals for all classes will begin at 11. Championship finals are scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

Similar to when winter weather came through the area two weeks ago, most teams have not been able to practice since Monday because of school cancellations.

“Our school policy -- and I think it’s the same around the county and anywhere -- is if school is out, then there are no extra-circulars that go on,” Tanner said. “Now, my guys understand that there are things they need to be doing on their own at home. They all know each other and are pretty sure, but I’m pretty sure they’ve gotten together and done some stuff.”

Oxford High has nine wrestlers who have qualified for the 6A state meet. In 1A-4A, Weaver has eight who have made the field. Ohatchee and Lincoln have four each, while Alexandria and Cleburne County each have three. Piedmont, Saks, Wellborn and Ranburne each have one.

Brandon Miller covers prep sports for The Anniston Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575 or follow him on Twitter @bmiller_star.
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