It's a fun gig...being the public address announcer at SFA.  In addition to being an active part of NCAA Division One Basketball, I also get to witness some great round ball and passionate fans when it comes to regional tournament time. 

Danny Merrell

(Tatum's Cole Hughes hams it up with...Cole Hughes, following the Eagles win Friday evening)

Friday evening, I got to see a couple of East Texas teams stake their claim for regional champion as Tatum downed Jarrell, 61-44, behind 34 points from Robbie Rockwell, and then in the night cap, White Oak took care of Salado 62-44 using a balanced attacked spearheaded by Kris Anderson's 19 points and Josh Benson's 13, which included a half court buzzer beater to end the first half.

So, now it's a re-rematch.  These district foes will play each other for a 3rd time Saturday at noon at SFA to see who will go to the high school version of the final four in Austin.  The Roughnecks are 2-0 this year against the Eagles, but they were slim margins of victory.

Danny Merrell

(Some White Oak cheerleaders celebrate the Roughnecks Friday victory)

So, this should be a great one, and the house will be a rockin'.  By the way, if you're coming to the game, try to make a day of it.  The SFA Lumberjacks will play at 6 this evening against Northwestern State in a battle for first place.  SFA leads the nation in scoring defense while NSU leads the nation in scoring offense.  It should be a great game...and bring some purple because if you wear purple, you'll get free admission into the SFA game.