Calhoun County high school basketball coaches met Sunday to seed the brackets for the 67th annual Calhoun County basketball tournament. Both of Jacksonville’s varsity teams fared well with top-four seeds that provide a bye into the quarterfinal found. The tournament begins Saturday and concludes the following Saturday, Jan. 20.
Coach Tres Buzan’s girls were 12-4 at the time of the meeting and earned the No. 2 seed in their bracket. Jacksonville will not play until Thursday, Jan. 18 at 8:30 p.m. The Golden Eagles will play either No. 7 Pleasant Valley, No. 10 Sacred Heart or No. 15 Faith Christian. Anniston (13-3) was seeded No. 1 in girls play.
“I knew we’d be somewhere toward the top,” Buzan said Monday afternoon. “I didn’t know exactly where we’d be. I was happy with the No. 2 seed. I thought that was fair.
The Jacksonville boys, 13-4 for coach Cordell Hunt as of Sunday, took the No. 4 seed. They will play Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 5:30 p.m. against either No. 5 Anniston, Pleasant Valley or Faith Christian. Sacred Heart (10-10) is the No. 1 seed for the boys followed by No. 2 Oxford (9-9) and No. 3 Alexandria (12-4). Hunt said Monday he felt the high seeding was a likelihood but wasn’t a sure thing entering Sunday’s meeting.
“I was pleased. … I knew it would be between us and Anniston. We played well early in the year and it’s good to get that bye in the first round,” Hunt said.
Then Hunt added a cautionary note.
“I know our record is 13-4 right now but we’re still not playing as good as I’d like to be playing,” he said.
The Pleasant Valley girls (10-9) received the No. 7 seed. The Raiders open the tournament on Monday, Jan. 15, with a 6 p.m. game against the winner of Saturday’s game between No. 10 Sacred Heart and No. 15 Faith Christian. A win for Pleasant Valley pits the Raiders against Jacksonville on Jan. 18.
Pleasant Valley’s boys were 3-13 Sunday and were voted the No. 13 team. The Raiders open the tournament against No. 12 Faith Christian (7-10) on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Saturday’s winner will play No. 5 Anniston (5-10) on Monday, Jan. 15, at 1:30 p.m.
Jacksonville Christians boys (4-8) were the No. 14 seed and play No. 11 Donoho (7-6) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The two teams played a tightly contested game in Anniston just prior to the Christmas break that Donoho won 59-57 on Dec. 18. A win on Saturday would advance the JCA boys to a meeting with No.6 Saks (8-4) on Monday, Jan. 15, at 4:30 p.m.
The JCA girls (3-9) are the also the No. 14 seed and will also play No. 11 Donoho (7-6) at noon on Saturday. Saturday’s winner meets No. 6 Wellborn at 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15.
Games on the opening day will be played at Oxford High School’s Oxford Sports Arena on Larry Davidson Court. After that, the remainder of the tournament will be played at its longtime home, Jacksonville State University’s Pete Mathews Coliseum.