PANAMA CITY — Preview capsules for the eight teams competing in the Bay Barnstorm Christmas Classic at the John L. Cobb Gymnasium:
Location: Panama City
Coach: Michael Grady
Top players: Darreyen Sims, sr.; Ryan Norwood, jr.; Corey Brown, so.
Noteworthy: Bay plays in Class 5A’s District 1 with Arnold, Gulf Breeze, Rutherford and Pensacola West Florida Tech. … Bay did not advance past the district round last season. … It has advanced to 17 regional tournaments with a Final Four appearance in 3A in 2003. … Bay has played in six Barnstorm championship games with its lone win in 2001 over Chipley. … The Tornadoes played in the Barnstorm title game each year between 2001-05 and again in 2008. … They were fourth in the 2010 Barnstorm and sixth last year.
Dickson County Cougars
Location: Dickson, Tenn.
Coach: Kevin Tuck
Top players: JeQuan Lewis, sr.; Caleb Tuck, sr.; Tyler Spicer, sr.
Noteworthy: Dickson County plays in Division I’s Class 3A, District 10 for public schools. … Class 3A is Tennessee’s highest classification. … Lewis averaged 28 points per game in the Cougars’ first nine contests. … They finished second in the district and lost in the first round of the regional tournament last season. … They were runners-up in the Barnstorm last year.
Location: Enterprise, Ala.
Coach: Kenny Hill
Top players: Joshua Boykin, sr.; Tre’von McNeal, sr.; Manny Jones, sr.; Rashad Causey, jr.; Nick Forti, jr.
Noteworthy: Boykin leads the team in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots … the Wildcats were a late addition to the field when Cairo, Ga., opted to play in a tournament closer to home. … Enterprise is a high-scoring team, averaging more than 60 points per game and with six players averaging 5 or more ppg. … the Wildcats compete in Class 6A in Alabama. They finished 23-7 last season.
Location: Fairdale, Ky.
Coach: Gregg Longacre
Top players: Josh Payne, sr.; Darren Lowrey, sr.; Cory Thomas, jr.
Noteworthy: Fairdale plays in Region 6, District 21. … There is only one classification in Kentucky. … The Bulldogs finished second in the district, qualified for regional, but lost in the first round last season. … They finished 13-17.
Location: Franklin, Tenn.
Coach: Jay Johnson
Top players: Kyle Tackett, sr.; Colson Patton,sSr.
Noteworthy: Franklin plays in Division I’s Class 3A, District 11 for public schools. … Class 3A is Tennessee’s highest classification. … The Rebels won the 1989 Class 3A state title with a 37-2 record. … They have made many stops in Bay County for the holidays, including in the Barnstorm, winning the title in 2008, and they were fourth in last year’s Arnold Marlin Christmas Classic. … Franklin did not advance out of the district stage last season.
Location: Trussville, Ala.
Coach: Zane Arnold
Top players: Matthew Duffet, sr.; Markeith Williams, sr.
Noteworthy: Hewitt-Trussville plays in Area 13 of Class 6A, which is the state’s largest classification. … The Huskies were unable to move beyond the area tournament last season.
North Florida Educational Institute Eagles
Coach: Michael DuBose
Top players: Kenneth Council, sr.; Terrell Miller, jr.
Noteworthy: North Florida Educational plays in Class 2A’s District 2 as part of the Urban or heavily private classification. … The school only has been open since 2006. … It won its first district title and advanced to the regional semifinal last season before falling to Tallahassee FAMU.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Wildcats
Location: Mobile, Ala.
Coach: Kantonio Davis
Top players: Chris Enger, sr.; Adam Miller, sr.
Noteworthy: St. Luke’s plays in Area 1 of Class 1A, the state’s smallest classification. … St. Luke’s didn’t advance past the area tournament stage last season. … This is a veteran team with eight seniors.