High school hoops practice starts Wednesday
The 2013-14 high school basketball season officially begins practice today.
Teams across the state have been preparing with workouts and weight-lifting sessions, but today marks the first day the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) allows teams to practice as a group.
"Our guys have been working out since Sept. 1 and they've been putting a lot of hard work and conditioning in," said Sun Valley boys coach Keith Mason. "Now it's time to transition to the basketball part of it. Everybody's ready to go. We're expecting a good turnout and we're ready to get the ball rolling."
Sun Valley, like most teams, will hold tryouts over the first few days of practice.
Mason said cuts will be made at the end of the week, and expects to make more cuts when the football players arrive.
"We'll have to make some cuts and decisions," Mason said. "We'll do a lot of basic fundamental drills to get everybody a good look."
Each team in the state is allowed two scrimmages once practice begins. The first day teams are allowed to play real games is Nov. 18.
"We'll use these next three weeks to try to piece it all together and be ready for that first game," said Mason. "You have to look at your team and find out what style you're going to play. Your team changes every year so you have to adjust your style to your players."
Seven teams from Union County open the season on Nov. 19, including Central Academy, Cuthbertson, Marvin Ridge, Parkwood, Sun Valley and Weddington.
Porter Ridge starts on Nov. 22, followed by Piedmont (Nov. 25), Forest Hills (Dec. 4) and Monroe (Dec. 9).
Union County teams
Central Academy^Nov. 19^at Metrolina Christian
Cuthbertson^Nov. 19^vs. Rocky River
Forest Hills^Dec. 4^vs. Central Pageland (S.C.)
Marvin Ridge^Nov. 19^vs. Ardrey Kell
Monroe^Dec. 9^vs. Porter Ridge
Parkwood^Nov. 19^at Sun Valley
Piedmont^Nov. 25^vs. Parkwood
Porter Ridge^Nov. 22^at Central Academy
Sun Valley^Nov. 19^vs. Parkwood
Union Academy^Nov. 19^at Pine Lake Prep
Weddington^Nov. 19^vs. Central Cabarrus