Bulletin Staff Report
With their 10th straight trip to the 7-on-7 state tournament assured, the Brownwood Lions will play host to 15 other high school teams today in a state qualifying tournament.
Two of the teams, Burnet and Bandera, have also clinched a place in the state tournament July 9-10 in College Station.
The Lions will play in three Pool A games at Brownwood High this morning. The schedule calls for the Lions to face Snyder at 9 a.m., Winters at 10 a.m. and Eastland at 11 a.m. — all at Field 3.
The Early Longhorns and Bangs Dragons will also be in action today, looking to qualify for state by reaching the championship game.
By virtue of their clinching a trip to the state tournament during their first outing this summer at Arlington Bowie, the Lions will not advance beyond pool play today. The winners of Pools A and B will meet on Field 3 at 1 p.m. while winners of Pools C and D will meet on Field 4. Those winners will advance to the championship game on Field 3 at 2 p.m.
In Pool B, Bangs will meet Burnet, which has previously qualified for state, at 9 a.m. on Field 1. Then the Dragons will move to Field 2 for games against Brady at 10 a.m. and against Andrews at 11 a.m.
In Pool D, Early will face Crane at 9 a.m. on Field 7, then go to Field 8 for games against Sweetwater at 10 a.m. and against Ballinger at 11 a.m.
Other Pool A games feature Winters and Eastland at 9 a.m., Eastland and Snyder at 10 a.m., and Snyder and Winters at 11 a.m.
Other Pool B games include Andrews and Brady at 9 a.m., Andrews and Burnet at 10 a.m., and Burnet and Brady at 11 a.m.
Pool C finds Bandera — another state qualifier — against Comanche, and Sonora vs. Whitney at 9 a.m.; Sonora vs. Bandera, and Whitney vs. Comanche at 10 a.m.; and Bandera vs. Whitney, and Comanche vs. Sonora at 11 a.m.
Other Pool D games include Ballinger vs. Sweetwater at 9 a.m., Ballinger vs. Crane at 10 a.m., and Crane vs. Sweetwater at 11 a.m.