By DOUG EADS
If you are an avid hoops fan as I am, then Christmas is coming a little early this year.
The inaugural M & W Shootout — hosted by both Southwestern and Pulaski County High Schools — tips off tonight at both venues.
The tourney — comprised of both a girls and boys bracket — gets underway on Wednesday at 5 p.m., and will take place over the next four days at both of the local county high schools.
“We are very pleased to be a part of this tournament, and I am very pleased with the teams that we got to come into town and take part in our very first year of putting this thing together,” stated Pulaski County athletic director Brian Miller.
“We have some strong teams in both brackets, with maybe the most notable being Huntington Prep out of West Virginia,” continued Miller. “This is their regional squad, and they are going to be very talented. And, we’ve got a good girls field as well, so the fans in our area are going to be able to come out and see some very good basketball over the next four days.”
In the girl’s bracket, both Pulaski County and Southwestern will be taking part in the event, as well as Shelby Valley, Lexington Christian, Menifee County, and Frederick Douglass.
On the boy’s side, the Maroons and Warriors are going to be going up against some pretty tough competition as well.
Along with Huntington Prep, West Virginia, Spring Hill, Tennessee, Madison Southern, and Clay County will comprise the field.
Play will begin each day beginning on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at both area high schools, and will feature a round-robin format.
Today at Southwestern High School, the homestanding Lady Warriors will face Shelby Valley at 5 p.m., Lexington Christian girls will square off against Menifee County at 6:30 p.m., and the Southwestern boys will take on Madison Southern at 8 p.m.
At Pulaski County High School today at 5 p.m. Huntington Prep will meet Clay County.
Immediately following that contest, the Lady Maroons of Pulaski County will meet up against Frederick Douglass at 6:30 p.m., and at 8 p.m. coach John Fraley and the Maroons will take on Huntington Prep, West Virginia, which will be playing two games this evening in day one of the event.
Follow The Doug Out all week for coverage of the event. Play begins each day at both high schools beginning at 5 p.m.