Opening Game: 2:30 p.m., today vs. West Lincoln
Coach: Cliff Little
Players to watch: Daniel Simmons, Emmanuel Simmons, Jaylon Gaines
Notes: Biggersville lost all five starters from last year’s Class 1A state runner-up. ... Today is also the 6th birthday of Biggersville coach Cliff Little’s daughter, Lainey, whose middle name is Jackson, named after the site of the championships. ... Little led East Wesbster to the 2008 Class 1A state title.
Opening Game: 8 p.m., today vs. Williams-Sullivan
Coach: Jason McKay
Players to watch: Tevin Lindsey, Duke Upshaw, Martell Brown, Conner McKay
Notes: Baldwyn lost in the Class 2A finals last season to Marshall, the team it beat in this year’s North semifinals. ... The Bearcats lost a starter for the second straight season, PG Dee Gates to a torn ACL on Dec. 8. ... Baldwyn’s opponent, Williams-Sullivan had to win an appeal to make the playoffs after a ban in January due to actions of its former coach.
Booneville Blue Devils
Opening Game: 8 p.m, Saturday vs. Forest
Coach: Michael Smith
Players to watch: Kenny Paul Geno, Jack Nichols, Jordan Miller, Daryl Barefield
Notes: The Blue Devils, making third straight appearance in Jackson, won it all two years ago. ... Booneville beat Forest in the 2011 state semifinals. ... One of Booneville’s losses to graduation was guard Keldrick Lesley, the Journal Player of the Year.
Opening Game: 8 p.m. Monday, vs. Laurel
Coach: Keith Greene
Players to watch: Raheem Sorrell, Antares Gwyn, Jose Contrares, Terrel Payton
Notes: Corinth is looking for its sixth state championship. ... This is the third meeting between Corinth and Laurel in the state tournament. ... Corinth coach Keith Greene has coached the Warriors for 16 seasons, the last eight as head coach.
Compiled by Brandon Speck