ON THE MARK
D. MARK MITCHELL
Five Opelika Dixie baseball all-star teams will participate in state tournaments this weekend. The five tournaments start Friday, July 9, and are double elimination brackets. The winner of each state tournament advances to the World Series.
Opelika Dixie Youth’s Pee Wee All-Star team (7-8 year olds) travels to Troy for the State Tournament. The ODY Minor All-Star team (9-10 year olds) will be in Greenville, while the Opelika Ozone All-Star team (11-12 year olds) play in Andalusia on Friday, July 9.
The Opelika Junior Dixie Boys All-Star team (13U) and Dixie Boys All-Star team play at West Ridge Park, Friday. The Junior DBB all-stars play Dothan in a best of three-game series. Game one begins at 4pm Friday, game two Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and the “IF” game will be Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
The DBB All-Star State Tournament (14U) features seven teams: Troy, Dothan, Montgomery Metro, Montgomery Southern, Lee County, Auburn and Opelika. The double-elimination tournament is scheduled to be played in three days.
Friday’s schedule: Southern v Dothan 4 p.m. (Harrelson Field), Lee County vs Troy (Harrelson Field) 6:30 and Opelika vs Auburn will start at 6:30 p.m. on field 2.
Play resumes Saturday morning with two games at 10 a.m., one game 12:15 p.m., two games at 4:30 p.m. and one game at 6:45 p.m. Sunday’s schedule begins at 9:30 a.m. with the finals set for 2:30 p.m.
You can follow both state tournaments on twitter @AlaDixieBoys
Alabama Dixie Boys will hold opening ceremonies around 6:15, Friday night. Special guests include, Auburn University head baseball coach Butch Thompson, Auburn Mayor Ron Anders, Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller, Opelika Council President Eddie Smith, First Baptist Senior Pastor Dr. Jeff Meyers and Alabama DBB Officials.
FOXSports the Game (910-1310) and Orthopaedic Clinic host High School Media Days
The fourth annual, FOXSports the Game (910-1310) High School Media Days presented by Orthopaedic Clinic, will be held at The Bottling Plant Event Center on July 27 and 28.
Twenty high school football teams will be on display over the two-day event beginning at 8 a.m. each day. You can listen to High School Media Days presented by the Orthopaedic Clinic (LIVE) on FOX Sports the Game 910AM and 1310AM, online at foxsportsthegame.com and on television station WOTM (Channel 80 Charter Cable).
Alabama High School Athletic Association Executive Director Alvin Briggs will lead off media days on Tuesday. Alabama Independent Schools Athletic Director Roddie Beck will lead off day two.
Opelika will be the last team Tuesday, appearing around 11 a.m. Other teams attending media days include, Auburn, Lee-Scott Academy, Beauregard, Beulah, Loachapoka, Notasulga, Smiths Station, Chambers Academy, LaFayette, Springwood, Southern Prep, Dadeville, Benjamin Russell, Lanett, Reeltown and Glenwood.
Local, high school athletics are important to iHeartRadio and the Orthopaedic Clinic. iHeartRadio Auburn/Opelika airs multiple shows during the fall concentrating on high school football sponsored by the Orthopaedic Clinic.
The High School Coaches Show will air every Thursday night at 6 p.m., the Orthopaedic Clinic Recap Show airs Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. and you can listen to “On the Mark” weekdays 6 to 9 a.m. on FOXSports the Game.
Fans can continue listening to Opelika High School football on WKKR 97.7FM and Valley on WCJM 100.9 The Bull. The Encore High School Scoreboard Show airs Friday nights, 10 p.m. to midnight.
Last week, I inadvertently wrote the wrong name when retrenching the quarterback competition.
JT McArdle is a rising senior and is one of four players trying to earn the stating job.
McArdle played in several games last year, including the Opelika- Auburn game.
I apologize to JT for making the mistake!
D. Mark Mitchell is the sports director of iHeartMedia, the host of “On the Mark,” Fox Sports the Game 910-1310, co-chair of the Auburn-Opelika Sports Council, chairman of the Super 7 and Dixie Boys Baseball state director.