By Tony Burns
The high school basketball state tournaments tip off this week. Six area schools qualified for the various tournaments, including El Dorado's boys, who will be a No. 4 seed in the 6A State Tournament, which will be held in West Memphis.
The Wildcats will take on Jacksonville Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.
Junction City's boys and girls qualified for the 3A State Tournament, which will be held at Drew Central in Monticello. The Dragons, a No. 4 seed, will play Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. against Harding Academy. The third-seeded Lady Dragons will meet Bald Knob Thursday at 4 p.m.
Parkers Chapel's boys earned a No. 1 seed in the 2A State Tournament, which will be held at White County Central in Judsonia. The Trojans got a first-round bye but will battle the winner between England and East Poinsett County on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Strong's boys and girls both earned No. 2 seeds in the 1A State Tournament, which will be held at Wonderview High School in Morrillton. The Lady Bulldogs will face Alpena on Thursday at 1 p.m. The Bulldogs will get Western Grove Thursday at 2:30 p.m.