Postseason buzz is picking up

   With several teams in this area picking up their tempo with a handful of regular season games remaining, the district and regional tournaments are closing in with a shot at the state tournament looming.
   This week, I am going to give some analysis on what teams we may be hearing a lot of from Bristol to Memphis and how it relates to the state championship races in our boys classes.
   First, in this area Elizabethton is the top of the class in AA boys hoops. The fourth ranked Cyclones are in the top ten of all categories in their division statewide and are perennial favorites from the east to be making a lot of noise.
   Joining them, barring upsets, as sub state favorites from the east are Sullivan Central (19-4), Fulton (18-4), Loudon (16-5), and Austin-East (18-6).
   Other teams to look out for statewide are top-ranked Ridgeway (21-3), Dyer County (20-2), Bolivar (21-3), Giles County (16-2), David Lipscomb (19-1), Hume Fogg (15-4), Raleigh Egypt (19-4), Hixon (15-4).
   In single A boys, Unaka and Cloudland are making strides towards improvement each week and are poised for serious contention at the sub-state round.
   Of course, you can't overlook District two Hancock County (18-7) and conference foe University High among threats from the east including Cosby (16-2) and Rockwood (17-4).
   Statewide you've got to consider defending champ Temple (16-2), Perry County (19-2), Adamsville (20-3), Culleoka (18-4), Peabody (18-6) and Franklin Road Academy (16-4).
   In Triple A, Dobyns-Bennett (22-3) and Science Hill (22-5) are duking it out with Greeneville (17-4) in the first region, while Maryville (24-3) and Bearden (19-4) will be tough to conquer.
   Memphis White Station is still the odd's on favorite statewide with their 22-2 record, while Cleveland (23-1), Bradley Central (21-2), Columbia Central (21-3), and Hendersonville (17-2) are looking tough.
   Division II is in anybody's hands as Notre Dame (20-5), Lausanne (19-5), Father Ryan (18-5), McCallie (12-5) and Harding Academy (18-8) are making solid runs.
   Next week, we will look at the girls statewide.
   BOYS GAME OF THE WEEK: ELIZABETHTON AT VOLUNTEER
   Elizabethton faces their last big conference foe in the Volunteer Falcons this week on the road. Chucky Lindholm and Jacob Frazier have been playing well for their squad recently.
   The Cyclones will be fired up and ready for this one and should come away with a big victory. ELIZABETHTON 72-58
   GIRLS GAME OF THE WEEK: CLOUDLAND AT UNICOI COUNTY
   The first place team in the Watauga Valley and Watauga Conferences meet this Friday night in Erwin. The Lady Devils are one of the top teams in the area with a 19-2 record, one of the losses coming to Cloudland earlier in the season.
   Look for this one to come down to the wire with a home court siding with the Lady Devils. UNICOI COUNTY 53-50
   BOYS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: RUSTY CHAMBERS, UNAKA
   Chambers had a big week with back-to-back thirty point games for the Rangers. Rusty scored 31 against Sullivan East on Friday, then netted 30 in a loss to Johnson County. He should be a big factor this week in games against Cloudland, Hampton and Happy Valley.
   GIRLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JESSICA TOLLEY, HAMPTON
   Tolley has been a threat for the Lady Bulldogs throughout this season. She tallied 16 points in a big win over Volunteer on Tuesday and had 13 in a loss to Elizabethton.