Both of our basketball programs will jump back into action for the 2020-2021 season tonight as the men’s team will take on Signal Mountain at 4 pm and the Marion County at 8 pm and the Lady Owls will travel to GPS for a 5:30 pm tipoff. The men’s games this afternoon will be Live on HootTV. The live stream will be on all afternoon, but we will have Keon Rose, from the Keon Rose Show on NoogaRadio, on the call for the 8 pm game versus Marion County. We do not charge to watch the stream, but ask that you consider donating to our Audio Visual Dept. so that we can continue to provide our OHS students with as much coverage as possible.
Tickets for the games tonight can be found online HERE. and are in limited supply so get yours now!
This will be the first time either program has seen live action since the region tournaments last March, which seems like years ago due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. The preseason has proven tough for both squads as the high school adheres to the proper contact tracing protocols in trying to keep our students safe. Both programs look to get off on the right track under new coaching regimes. The men’s program will be under the direction of Eric Ford, who was an assistant for the Owls last year, but is no stranger to the sidelines. Ford was the head coach at Lookout Valley High School for 5 years. The Lady Owls will look to former assistant coach, Ben Braun, who has been at Ooltewah for a 4 years with last season being his first with the Lady Owls. Much like Ford, Braun will be comfortable on the sidelines as this is not his first stent as a head coach, serving the role at Longview High School in Texas for several years.
The men’s program will look to Seniors Tarel McClurkin (23), Thaddeus Sims (24), AJ Hyndman and Kelvin Chambliss for leadership and scoring this season. McClurkin, Sims and Hyndman all have multiple years logged as starters.
The Lady Owls Seniors, Shea Thompson, Tansley Dillard and Brooklyn Hilliard, will be counted on to provide strong leadership and effort throughout the season. Junior Jada Tharp (12) is poised to start for her third year in as many seasons, while sophomore Mackenzie Bernier (21) also looks to return as a starter.