For the third straight year, Trigg County will be a part of the event.
The Wildcats will play Union City, Tenn. Saturday at 12:30 p.m., part of the three day, 18 game Hoop Fest.
In addition to playing a team with a cool nickname (the Golden Tornadoes), the Wildcats will face one of the top shooting guards in the Volunteer State in Marquis Weddle.
The 5-11 senior buried nine 3-pointers in a 79-66 loss to Bolivar last week and was a Third-Team Tennessee All-State selection as a junior. In helping Union City to a 31-3 record.
The Golden Tornadoes return all but one player from last year’s team, including 6-4, 225-pound junior Marquas Evans.
“He is definitely a player and is a major concern for us,” Wildcat head coach Bill Chumbler said of Weddle.
The Golden Tornadoes are 2-1 on the season but have several players missing from their roster that is a part of Union County’s football team that is playing for the Tennessee 3A state championship Friday.
The appearance in the Hoop Fest is Trigg County’s third in the event in as many years.
The Wildcats beat Charleston, Mo. 80-70 last year and lost to Carlisle County 80-64 in 2003.
This week’s game will mark Trigg County’s first appearance on Saturday, which is usually reserved for the elite teams and matchups.
“It’s good for us to go over and see the kinds of teams they bring in there. Our players can see some of the top teams and players in the nation,” Chumbler said.
The Hoop Fest kicks off Thursday with a slate of regional matchups.
Lone Oak plays Massac County, Ill. at 5:30 p.m., followed by a girls’ contest between Paducah Tilghman and Martin Westview, Tenn.
At 8:30 p.m., Marshall County will play Hopkinsville, and the night ends with a girls’ game between Graves County and Obion County Central, Tenn.
On Friday, the girls of Marshall County play a home game against Henry County, Tenn. at 5:30 p.m.
At 7 p.m., Marshall County plays Lexington Catholic followed by a contest between Oak Hill Academy and Chicago Simeon.
Simeon features a junior-laden team led by Derrick Rose.
Former Hopkins Central standout Albert Jackson will return to Kentucky with his new team, Oak Hill Academy, that also features 6-9 Michael Beasley and 6-3 guard Nolan Smith, the son of former Louisville and NBA guard Derek Smith.
At 10 p.m., Lexington Catholic will play Massac County, Ill. in a girls’ game.
Trigg County’s game Saturday is the fourth of ten on the schedule.
Heath will play Carmi at 8 a.m., followed by Paducah Tilghman and Carbondale, Ill. at 9:30 a.m.
Before Trigg’s 12:30 p.m. game, Marshall County’s girls will play Hamilton County, Ill.
Graves County plays Owensboro Catholic at 2 p.m., followed by a game between Glenbrook North, Ill, led by Duke signee Jon Scheyer, and Memphis Ridgeway at 4:30 p.m.
Bolivar, Tenn. and Jacksonville Arlington Country Day, Fla., who both won their state’s respective 2A state titles last year, square off at 6 p.m., followed by defending Kentucky state champion South Laurel and Brentwood Academy, Tenn. at 7:30 p.m.
The final two games of the night pit Canton (Ohio) McKinley against Oak Hill Academy at 9 p.m. and Memphis Mitchell against Peoria Richwoods (Ill.) at 10:30 p.m.