It looks like Elizabethton baseball and Dobyns-Bennett soccer got the best draws, Unaka got a favorable one, Science Hill got a poor one, D-B girls tennis got a very tough matchup, and University High baseball got the worst one imaginable.
Everything gets under way Tuesday in Murfreesboro for the 25th annual event. Championship contests in baseball, softball and soccer are set for Friday with team tennis ending Wednesday. All times listed are EDT.
Science Hill vs. Collierville (at Murf. Siegel, 5 p.m.)
The Dragons are in the field for the ninth time, all of them coming since 2004. They won the Class AAA state title in 2013.
“No matter who you draw, they’re all good at this point,” said Science Hill head coach Ryan Edwards. “And sometimes when you play a team that could be the best team and win the first game, it can set you up for a better chance to win the whole thing.”
Collierville has won 15 straight games, 11 of those by shutout.
Also in Science Hill’s bracket is 2016 state champion Murfreesboro Siegel, which plays Rossview.
Elizabethton vs. Stewart County (at Smyrna, 5 p.m.)
The red-hot Cyclones face a team that is making its first Class AA state tournament appearance.
Elizabethton, back in the event for the first time since 2013, is 7-0 in the postseason and has outscored its opponents by a combined margin of 59-11.
In the same bracket with the Cyclones are Grundy County and Decatur County Riverside.
UH vs. Loretto (7:30 p.m. at Middle Tennessee Christian)
University High will likely see Ryan Weathers on the mound in the contest against the defending Class A state champions.
Weathers, a Vanderbilt signee, is rated as the No. 18 prospect in the nation and will likely go in the first round of this year’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Weathers struck out 18 batters in a one-hitter against East Robertson in Friday’s sectional contest.
Also in UH’s bracket are strong entrants South Pittsburg and Trinity Christian.
D-B vs. Murf. Blackman (Richard Siegel Soccer Complex, 5:30 p.m.)
The Indians have to be happy with their draw, being opposite top-ranked Station Camp and No. 3 Germantown Houston — who will have to play each other in the Class AAA quarterfinals.
D-B, which is ranked No. 2, drew a team with a good record in Blackman (13-1-1). But the Blaze is unranked and making its first state appearance since 2007.
On the same side of the bracket with D-B are No. 4 Brentwood and Clarksville Rossview.
Unaka vs. Gibson County (McKnight Field, 5 p.m.)
It was about as good as Unaka could have hoped for when the Lady Rangers were paired with Gibson County, which is making its first appearance in the Class A state tournament.
However, the Lady Rangers are in the same side of the bracket with tournament favorite Sale Creek, which is playing Houston County.
D-B vs. Brentwood (Adams Tennis Complex, 2 p.m.)
The Lady Indians have their work cut out for them. They will go up against the three-time defending Class AAA state champion, Brentwood, in a semifinal match.