The Opelika High School girls and boys varsity basketball teams dropped a pair of area games in the Main Street Gym last week.
The Lady Bulldogs (7-10, A1-2) lost 24-56 to Central and 26-68 to Auburn in the Main Street Gym.
Central, led by Hall of Fame coach Carolyn Wright, played aggressive defense and used clock to get good shots. Offensively for OHS, Cherdi Daniels scored 14 of the 26 points scored against the Lady Red Devils.
The Auburn High (9-4, A1-2) girls team blew out OHS 68-29 in the Main Street Gym Friday night. Despite outrebounding the Lady Tigers and forcing 10 more turnovers, Opelika could not hit a shot, according to head coach Blake Smalley. Auburn shot 10-of-22 from behind the three-point line while Opelika hit 1-of-29 three-point shots.
Opelika’s varsity boys lost a pair of home games last week as well. Area rivals Central (68-58) and Auburn (76-59) won double-digit area games, dropping OHS to 1-2 in Area 2.
Opelika’s junior varsity defeated rival Auburn 55-52 behind 21 points from Brady McAnnally.
The varsity boys and girls both picked up wins in a non-region contest on MLK Day, Jan. 16, against LaFayette. The boys won, 65-55; the girls won, 56-21.
The Lady Bulldogs and Varsity Boys Bulldogs host Smiths Station Friday night (1-20) in the Main Street Gym on the OHS campus. Tipoff for the varsity girls is scheduled for 6 p.m. with varsity boys to follow. Fans can listen to the OHS versus SSHS girls and boys basketball games on FOX Sports the Game 910-1310 presented by the Orthopaedic Clinic. Airtime for the girls game is 5:45 p.m. with iHeartRadio’s Van Riggs with the broadcast.
OHS WINTER SCHEDULE FOR JAN. 23 THROUGH JAN. 27
– Tuesday (Jan. 24) OHS Wrestling at Thompson; tipoff at 4:30 p.m. Freshman – JV basketball-Varsity at Central; tipoff at 4:30 p.m.
– Wednesday (Jan. 25) OHS Girls JV at AHS; tipoff at 5:30 p.m.
– Thursday (Jan. 26) Freshman boys at Auburn Junior High tipoff at 6:30 p.m.
– Friday (Jan. 27) Varsity girls and boys basketball at AHS; tipoff at 6 p.m.
OPELIKA DIXIE YOUTH BASEBALL REGISTRATION IS OPEN
Registration for Opelika Dixie Youth Baseball (ODYB) is underway. ODYB is for 6 year olds through 12 year olds, based on the players age on April 30, 2023.
Register online at www.opelikadixieyouth.com. The cost for each play is $90, but during the “Early Bird” registration period the fee is $75. Registration fee includes jersey and cap, and all players will be on a team.
– Evaluations will be conducted between Feb. 23 through 26; exact times and dates will be released soon.
– Sunday, Feb. 17: Last day of registration
– Monday, Feb. 27: First practice and
– Saturday, April 1: Opening Day.
OPELIKA DIXIE BOYS BASEBALL (13- 15-YEAR OLDS)
Opelika Dixie Boys (13- to 15-year-olds) will hold registration during the month of March. Opelika DBB is for baseball players who will be 13 to 15 years old as of April 30, 2023. More information will be coming soon.
Opelika Parks and Recreation will open softball registration Feb. 24 at the Opelika Sportsplex. Softball players from 6- to 15-years old are eligible to play. Games will be held on the new turf fields at West Ridge Park.
For more info call the Sportsplex at 334-705-5560.
D. Mark Mitchell is the sports director at iHeartMedia, host of “On the Mark” Fox Sports the Game 910-1319, co-chair of the Auburn-Opelika Sports Council, chairman of the Super 7 and Dixie Boys Baseball state director.