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Storm warnings prompt officials to postpone area high school basketball championships

February 29th, 2012 4:08 pm by Douglas Fritz

Storm warnings prompt officials to postpone area high school basketball championships

With bad weather forecast for Greene and Hawkins counties this evening, the three Region 1 girls basketball championship games have been postponed.
Tornadoes are possible with the storms, and the bad weather threat was upgraded from slight to moderate.
Science Hill athletic director Keith Turner said he was notified about 2:30 this afternoon about the 1-AAA event getting postponed.
"They said 911 called and told them to cancel every activity in the school," said Turner. "Really there's not any way to argue with that."
All of the girls championships have been moved to Thursday night. Science Hill's girls will play Morristown East for the 1-AAA title at 6:30 at Cherokee's gym in Rogersville.The Hilltoppers' boys will play Cherokee at 8 o'clock.
As for 1-AA at Chuckey-Doak High School in Afton and 1-A at Chuckey-Doak Middle School, the girls will play their championships at 6 p.m. and the boys title games will be at approximately 7:45.
Chuckey-Doak was scheduled to play Grainger for the 1-AA title tonight at Chuckey-Doak High School while Cloudland was set to play Cosby for the 1-A championship at Chuckey-Doak Middle School.
Cloudland coach Matt Birchfield said his team is just taking the delay in stride.
"We had the kids prepared and we were ready to go, and we're a little disappointed we're not playing," said Birchfield. "But we will just regroup and have one more day of preparation."
The final decision wasn't made until 2 p.m., leaving little time for fans and teams to adjust.
"I'm sure they waited until the last minute to make a decision," said Birchfield. "Mentally it plays on you, but it's all right."
The boys 1-AA championship will be a matchup between Unicoi County and Sullivan East while the 1-A boys title tilt will showcase Cloudland and Hampton.

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