Archrivals to clash in November, January

Boaz defenders Carson Gillaspie (12) and Brian Montgomery force a Chi Jordan pass to Albertville teammate Trinity Bell during varsity boys quarterfinal action of the 2018 Marshall County Tournament at Snead State. Tyler Ray defends Bell. The archrivals’ first meeting of the 2018-19 season takes place Nov. 30 at Albertville Gymnasium. They clash at Pirate Gymnasium on Jan. 18.

High school basketball fans who are eager for the season to start don’t have to wait much longer.

Preseason practice for junior varsity and varsity teams in the AHSAA tips off Monday. Nov. 5 is the opening day of the 2018-19 season.

Girls area tournaments are scheduled for Feb. 4, 6 and 8, with the boys area tourneys slated for Feb. 5, 7 and 9. Subregionals are Feb. 11-12.

Regional tournaments are Feb. 13-21. The AHSAA State Finals are set for Feb. 25-March 2 in Birmingham.

The AHSAA’s reclassification impacted every school in The Reporter’s coverage zone. The basketball areas for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons are:

Class 2A, Area 12

West End, Cleveland, Cold Springs and Southeastern

Class 2A, Area 14

Asbury, Cedar Bluff, Collinsville and Sand Rock

Class 3A, Area 15

Geraldine, Pisgah, Plainview and Sylvania

This area features the defending 3A State champions in Plainview’s boys and Pisgah’s girls.

Class 5A, Area 13

Boaz, Crossville, Douglas and Sardis

Class 5A, Area 15

Guntersville, Arab, Brewer and Scottsboro

Class 6A, Area 13

Albertville, Fort Payne and Oxford

The Marshall County Tournament is Jan. 19-26 at Snead State’s Plunkett-Wallace Gymnasium. Albertville is the defending champion in both varsity divisions.

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