For the first time since Lawrence County moved to just four county schools, the Lawrence County basketball tournament will move to a full week.
The Lawrence County tournament is the most historical tournament in North Alabama. A week-long event, held every year at the Lawrence County Coliseum, and it was treated like Christmas by county residents.
In recent years the tournament has moved to three days, and rotated between the four county schools, while still being a county spectacle.
This year the tournament will start this Saturday, Jan. 16 and go through Saturday, Jan. 23.
The decision to move it to a full week was as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, stretching the amount of games that are normally played on one day.
This year’s tournament will take place at East Lawrence High School, and just as they have been in the regular season, tickets will be limited.
East Lawrence High School Principal Ron Rikard stated that each team would receive 125 tickets per team.
The gym will be cleared after each game to be sanitized and then spectators will be allowed back in.
Radio broadcasts for the varsity games will be available on both 97.9 WALW and walw.org.
For the full week’s schedule check below. Please note that as of publication, the three way tie for JV boys had yet to be ruled on.
1/16 (Sat) - Lawrence County vs. R.A. Hubbard (Varsity girls) at 5 p.m.
Hatton vs East Lawrence (Varsity girls) at 8 p.m.
1/20 (Wed) - JV boys 2 seed vs 3 seed at 3 p.m.
JV boys 1 seed vs R.A. Hubbard at 4:15 p.m.
1/21 (Thur) - Hatton vs East Lawrence (Varsity boys) at 5 p.m.
Lawrence County vs R.A. Hubbard (Varsity boys) 8 p.m.
1/22 (Fri) - Varsity girls championship at 6 p.m.
1/23 (Sat) - JV girls championship at 10 a.m.
JV boys championship at 11:30 a.m.
Varsity boys championship at 6 p.m.