Fields for conference tournaments set

By John Cate -

The fields for this week’s basketball conference tournaments in both the Northwest and Western Piedmont Athletic conferences were set following the completion of regular-season play on Friday night.

Mount Airy High School will be the host for the semifinals and finals of the Northwest tournament, meaning that the Granite Bears could potentially win the events on their home courts. However, with the school’s boys as outright second in the league and the girls as outright champions, all that is at stake for each team is a trophy. Winning a conference tournament title assures the winner of the conference’s No. 2 seed for the state playoffs, unless that team has already earned the top spot by winning the regular season.

The WPAC semis and finals will be at Forbush High School. North Surry, which swept the outright titles in the regular season, is in the same position as Mount Airy, but Surry Central’s boys could greatly benefit themselves if they could somehow win the event — at press time, Central was on the bubble, tied for the last available state playoff berth. A tournament title would give it an automatic bid.

East Surry is hosting a double-header on Monday night in the NW1A first round. The Cardinal girls will play North Stokes at 6 p.m,, with a boys’ game between East and Walkertown to follow. Surry Central will also host two games on Monday. The girls will play Carver in a 3 vs. 6 seed game at 6, with a boys’ game between the fourth-seeded Golden Eagles and No. 5 Forbush following.

The Central girls, if they win on Monday, will play second-seeded Forbush at 6 p.m. on Thursday night at Forbush. The boys, if they beat Forbush on Monday night, will take on North Surry (which has a first-round bye) on Wednesday night at 7:30, also at Forbush.

North Surry’s girls will play their semifinal game at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, against either South Stokes or Carver.

The WPAC tournament championship games will be played at 6 and 7:30 on Friday night at Forbush.

In the Northwest tournament, Mount Airy’s girls have a first-round bye. They will play the winner of the East Surry vs. North Stokes first-round game on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The Mount Airy boys, as the No. 2 seed, will host cellar-dweller North Stokes (6-18, 0-12) in a Monday opening-round game.

Semifinal games will be held at MAHS on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights, with the championship games starting at 6:30 on Friday night.

By John Cate

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