Oakman the team to beat

Wildcats boys and girls No. 1 seeds for county tournament

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 1/19/19

Oakman’s boys are in an unfamiliar spot entering the Walker County Basketball Tournament — the favorite.

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Oakman the team to beat

Wildcats boys and girls No. 1 seeds for county tournament

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Oakman’s boys are in an unfamiliar spot entering the Walker County Basketball Tournament — the favorite.

Both Oakman varsity teams are No. 1 seeds in the tournament, which is set for this week at Cordova High School. Ninth-grade boys and JV girls open play on Tuesday. JV boys and varsity games start on Thursday.

Oakman’s varsity boys, under first-year head coach Derek Roberts enter the tournament with a 12-3 record. The Wildcats are 3-0 vs. county competition, winning a pair of games over Carbon Hill and winning at Dora.

Coach Mike Cain has Curry (14-6) as the No. 2 seed. The Yellow Jackets have won 11 of their last 12 games since starting the season 3-5.

Dora (11-12) is the No. 3 seed followed by, No. 4 Carbon Hill (8-14) and No. 5 Cordova (2-10).

The Blue Devils have won the last four Walker County Tournament titles under coach Heath Burns.

On the girls side, defending champion Oakman is the No. 1 seed. Coach Mark Hastings’ team enters the tournament with a 10-3 record. The Wildcats are also 3-0 vs. county competition this season.

Carbon Hill (15-8) is the No. 2 seed, followed by No. 3 Curry (12-9), No. 4 Cordova (2-10) and No. 5 Dora (1-15). A pair of varsity games will be held on Thursday. In varsity girls action, Cordova takes on Dora at 6 p.m. followed by a varsity boys game pitting Carbon Hill against Cordova.

Thursday’s winners advance to play the No. 1 seeds in the semifinals.

On Friday, a varsity girls game featuring Carbon Hill vs. Curry opens varsity play at 4:45 p.m. In a varsity boys game, Curry plays Dora at 6 p.m. followed by the Oakman girls vs. the Cordova-Dora winner at 7:15 p.m. and the Oakman boys vs. the Carbon Hill-Cordova winner at 8:30 p.m.

The girls championship game is set for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday with the boys championship to follow at 7 p.m. There will be a three championship games prior to varsity action on Saturday — 9th-grade boys at 1 p.m., JV girls at 2:30 p.m. and JV boys at 4 p.m.