Carpenter and Steadman

Lawrence County co-head coaches Gary Steadman, left, and Royal Carpenter walk out the court during the Northwest Regional Tournament class 5A semifinal at Wallace State Community College on Saturday. [JERONIMO NISA/DECATUR DAILY]

Basketball won’t be the same in Lawrence County once the 2020-21 season rolls around. 

The end of the 2019-20 season brought a ton of excitement, but also a lot of changes. The arrival of the coronavirus has put the attention elsewhere for the time being, but that hasn’t changed the fact that three of the four boys basketball teams in the county will be looking for a new head coach. 

Marrieo Davis officially resigned his post as head coach of East Lawrence back in February after coaching the Eagles for seven years. He had a combined record of 81-95 in that span. 

R.A. Hubbard head basketball coach Sonny Conwill also resigned his position. 

Conwill had been the head coach of the Chiefs since the 2014-15 season. In that span he had a combined record 107-62. He led Hubbard to back to back county championships in 2018 and 2019 as well as a berth in the Final Four of the AHSAA state tournament in 2018. 

Lawrence County will also be under new leadership. Hall of Fame coaches Royal Carpenter and Gary Steadman took over as co head coaches prior to the 2017-18 season. The two co head coaches led Lawrence County to a 58-32 record in their three seasons at the helm. That included a 27-5 record this past season where the Red Devils won the county and area championship and advanced to the regional tournament at Wallace State for the first time in over a decade. 

That leaves the county with just one basketball coach that will carry over to next season. Hatton’s Tanner Tesney will be entering his third season with the Hornets. In his first season he took Hatton to 10 wins and last season got them to a winning record, their first in a decade. The future seems bright with Tesney at the helm. 

There will also be changes to each basketball team’s area for the next two seasons. The AHSAA released the new realignments for basketball earlier in March. The new alignments will cover the 2020-21 and 2021-22 AHSAA basketball seasons. 

R.A. Hubbard will be in Class 1A area 16 with Cherokee, Covenant Christian, Shoals Christian and Waterloo. 

Hatton will be in Class 2A area 14 with Tanner, Tharptown and Whitesburg Christian. 

East Lawrence will be in Class 3A area 15 with Danville, Phil Campbell and Vinemont. 

Lawrence County will be in Class 5A area 15 with Russellville and West Point.

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