Hotbed Classic tips today

BasketballBy Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

Mike Nobles may be getting ready to enjoy the Kiwanis Hotbed Classic from a different perspective.

Nobles may – or may not – be calling it a day as the Hotbed’s organizer after 12 years. The plan is to hand the reins over to David Goode – though Nobles and original organizer Bill Parks will be at his side.

“He may go, ‘Man, y’all are crazy,’” Nobles said. “It really is a lot of work, calling coaches, getting rosters, shirts, meal tickets…”

The plan in a couple of years may be for the trio to attack the annual – and always overflow crowded – event at New Albany Middle School. Hotbed chairmen have paying jobs, too. Nobles is vice president of BNA Bank. And setting up the Hotbed is a year-long process.

“The bank was a little slow around Christmas and I started making a list (for next year),” Nobles said. “There are so many things you have to do throughout the year you don’t think about, minor things like calling the police reminding them of the date to work traffic and park busses.”

Today’s eight-game slate begins at 10 a.m. and features a Daily Journal Top 10 matchup between No. 9 North Pontotoc and No. 4 Tupelo at 3:30 p.m. No. 6 Biggerville, the defending Class 1A champion, gets a rematch with now 2A West Lincoln from last season’s state semifinals.

Admission is $6, with all proceeds going to the community for various projects.

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23rd Annual Hotbed Classic

West Union vs. New Site, 10 a.m.

E. Union vs. Booneville, 11:15 a.m.

Myrtle vs. Kossuth, 12:30 p.m.

Ingomar vs. Marshall Aca., 2 p.m.

N. Pontotoc vs. Tupelo, 3:30 p.m.

W. Lincoln vs. Biggersville, 5 p.m.

Grenada vs. Gadsden City, Ala., 6:30 p.m.

New Albany vs. Lausanne, Tenn., 8 p.m.