Region 6-6A tournament postponed until today

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 13, 2010

NATCHEZ — The Region 6-6A tournament at Natchez High School was postponed until today due to snowy weather.

The Natchez High School girls are set to play Terry High School in the girls championship game today at 4 p.m.

The boys, meanwhile, will take on undefeated Wingfield High School at 5:30 p.m. for their championship matchup.

Natchez athletic director Fred Butcher said he wants fans to come to the gym an hour early to honor Natchez’s seniors.

“We’re going to have Senior Night Saturday, with a ceremony beginning at 3 p.m.,” Butcher said.

Bulldogs assistant coach David Haywood said the delay did not come as a surprise to him or his players, nor has it affected their mindsets.

“We still have the same game plan for the game,” Haywood said. “We were kind of preparing for the game to be (today) anyway. Once we heard about the bad weather, we kind of figured it would take place (today) instead of (Friday).”

Haywood also said the decision to postpone the matchups was a good one.

“I totally agree with delaying the game. You have to worry about the (Wingfield) kids’ safety. The roads would have been too bad to travel by bus on because of all the ice.”

Senior Night is an exciting time for the Natchez upperclassmen, and Haywood said he was pleased with the amount of work his seniors put into their final season.

“Ever since the end of last year, they’ve worked really hard,” he said. “With the energy and amount of time those guys put into the game and trying to have a good season, I can’t say enough how much I respect them.

“I think (today) will be a special day for them. I expect them to come out with a lot of energy, and play hard and play smart. It’s a situation where it could be their last game, but if we win (today), we would host the first round of the South State playoffs, so there’s still a chance for them to have one more home game.”

And Haywood said a win would also serve to cap off what has been an excellent year for his seniors.

“I think a win (today) to become district champs would put an exclamation mark on their season,” Haywood said. “We’ve had a lot of ups and downs, but the whole time they were thinking of this final stretch we’re in right now. To be winners in the last 10 of 12 games of our season, like I said, I have a lot of respect for those young men.”