Cavs look to defend title
By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
In February, the Callaway Cavaliers hoisted the championship trophy after capturing the top spot in the Region 4-AAA tournament.
The Cavaliers figure to be one of the favorites to take the region crown again this season, although there’s a long way to go before that can become a reality.
Callaway will kick off its region schedule tonight against Rockmart, and that will be the first of 14 region games in the regular season.
As Callaway head coach Terry Hayes prepares for the region schedule, he said there will be a lot of unknowns.
“Everybody in the region is young,” Hayes said. “Everybody in the region was senior-laden last year. Everybody we played. So everybody is coming back with whole new teams, whole new (starting) fives.”
Last season, it was Douglass giving Callaway the most competition in region play, and Hayes figures that’s who his team will have to deal with again this season.
“The team to beat, from what I’ve heard through the grape vine, is Douglass,” Hayes said.
Three teams have already played region games, including Rockmart (5-5 overall) and Chapel Hill (3-7), who are both 1-0.
Those are the two teams Callaway will be playing this weekend.
Douglass is off to a fast start at 6-3, and Callaway is 4-2.
Central-Carroll (3-8), B.E.S.T. Academy (2-9) and Haralson County (1-8) are hoping to get their seasons on track with the start of region play today.
Jackson-Atlanta (1-10) has already played two region games, and it has lost them both.
On the girls’ side, the Lady Cavaliers are coming off a successful season in region play.
Callaway went 9-5 in the region during the regular season, and it made it to the region-championship game before losing to Chapel Hill.
“They’re going to come at us,” Callaway coach Deyano Martin said. “They’re expecting us to be near the top. You have to bring you’re A game, or anybody can knock you down.”
Chape Hill (7-4 overall), the team that beat Callaway in the region-title game a year ago, is off to a 1-0 start in region play after beating Jackson in December.
Jackson (5-7) is 1-1 in the region, and Rockmart (1-7) is 0-1 in the region.
Central-Carroll has rolled to an 11-1 record heading into its region opener today against Haralson County.
Callaway went 3-3 in non-region play, and Correta Scott King (3-6), Haralson County (3-7) and Douglass (0-2) will look to find some momentum with the opening of region competition.
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