Cold halts Bradley games this evening
by JOE CANNON Banner Assistant Sports Editor
Jan 06, 2014 | 1238 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although schools in Cleveland and Bradley County aren’t scheduled to resume classes until Wednesday, “Old Man Winter’s” arctic blast has forced the cancellation of some basketball games this evening.

With the mercury dipping to into the single digits tonight, the high Tuesday isn’t expected to get out of the lower 20s before slipping back down to around 15 that evening, which may cause further postponements with wind chill factors well below zero. The final decisions on Tuesday’s games had not been announced as of press time this morning.

Bradley Central was to start the busy week off with basketball games this evening against GPS and McCallie at Jim Smiddy Arena, but those contests have been postponed.

However, despite the bitter cold, the Lee University hoops squads will complete a three-day Gulf South Conference road trip in Jackson tonight against longtime rival Union University.

The Flame teams played at the University of North Alabama in Florence on Saturday.

A full slate of games are currently scheduled for Tuesday evening, including a pair of key district rivalries and a matchup of top wrestling programs.

The Walker Valley basketball teams are supposed to be taking on local rival Cleveland High Tuesday evening at Walker Arena on the Lee campus.

Both the Lady Mustangs (7-4, 3-1) and Lady Raiders (7-5, 2-1) are in the thick of the District 5-AAA race and will tip off the evening at 6:30. The Mustangs (8-6, 2-2) and Blue Raiders (5-5, 1-2) will take the floor 15 minutes after the girls’ action.

Also on the hardwood Tuesday, Bradley is slated to journey to Soddy-Daisy, while Polk County is supposed to make the short trip up U.S. 411 to face its archrival — McMinn Central.

Scheduled for the local wrestling mats Tuesday, Bradley, ranked seventh in this week’s state poll, will host top-ranked Baylor and Rhea County in a tri-match, beginning at 6. Walker Valley, ranked No. 11 in this week’s state poll, is also set to entertain Ooltewah at “The Stable” Tuesday evening at 7.

Everything should be back to normal Wednesday, when the Baylor hoops squads pay a visit to the north end of the county to take on Walker Valley.

On Thursday, the matchup local wrestling fans look forward to all year is slated for Jim Smiddy Arena as defending state champion and second-ranked Cleveland High hits the mat against archrival Bradley. The spotlight will drop for varsity matches at 7 p.m.

That same evening, Lee will host a GSC basketball doubleheader as Delta State University makes the long trek from Mississippi for a pair of games.

A trio of district hoops matchups are set for Friday evening with the Raider squads hosting McMinn County at the Cleveland Middle School gym, while Walker Valley will journey to 5-AAA newcomer East Hamilton and Polk County travels to Madisonville to take on Sequoyah.

The Bradley and Cleveland wrestling squads will hit the road Friday for weekend events.

The Bears are going to Johnson City for the Moffatt Duals Friday at Science Hill High School, and then participate in the Fandetti/Richardson Brawl on Saturday. The Raider grapplers are heading to Middle Tennessee for the two-day Brentwood Invitational.

Also on Saturday, the second annual Walker Valley Duals will be held at “The Stable,” with eight teams slated to participate. Maryville Heritage defeated the host Mustangs for the title in last year’s inaugural event.

Putting a bow on the full week of activities, Lee will host another GSC twin bill Saturday when Christian Brothers University comes across the state from Memphis for a 2 p.m. tipoff.