Saturday, October 25, 2014 · 7:29 p.m.

The Nooga Nine

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Most of the area’s action last Friday was cancelled due to wintery weather in the Scenic City, but the teams got right back to it on Tuesday. Howard held on to the No. 1 spot, Tyner moved up to No. 2, while Cleveland and Notre Dame both returned to the charts with a pair of impressive wins Tuesday.  

1. Howard (16-3)

The Hustlin’ Tigers haven’t lost since Dec. 27, they’ve won eight of their last ten by double digits, and they sit atop the District 6-AA standings with at 9-1 in league play. Howard travels to East Hamilton on Thursday, one week after crushing the ‘Canes 61-46 at home.

2. Tyner (12-6)

The Rams extended their winning streak to four games by edging McCallie in Monday’s 38-37 defensive struggle. Tyner, fourth in District 6-AA (6-4), hasn’t lost since its 71-69 setback at East Hamilton on Jan. 15. The Rams play three straight at home beginning with tonight’s game against Ooltewah. 

3. Ooltewah (14-6)

The Owls suffered a huge home loss to 5-AAA foe Cleveland on Tuesday evening, dropping Ooltewah to second place in the district standings (8-2). The Owls have lost two of their last three, including a 61-56 defeat at Rhea County on Jan. 18.

4. Brainerd (10-10)

The Panthers responded from their four-point loss at rival Tyner with back-to-back league wins. Brainerd, currently second in the District 6-AA standings (8-4), hosts East Ridge on Friday before travelling to Cedar Grove (Ga.) on Saturday. 

5. Bradley Central (13-8)

The Bears added one more to their impressive eight-game win streak with Tuesday’s 69-58 win at McMinn County. Bradley Central is just a half game back of Ooltewah in District 5-AAA (7-2), and the Bears host the Owls in their regular-season finale on Feb. 8.

6. Cleveland (14-8)

The Blue Raiders returned to the rankings after a two-week absence, and they took over the top spot in District 5-AAA with Tuesday’s 68-60 win at Ooltewah, avenging an early-season home loss to the Owls. Cleveland, which has won five straight in league play, travels to Walker Valley on Friday. 

7. Central (12-6)

The Pounders, losers in three of their last four, dropped three spots in this week’s rankings after Tuesday’s 52-45 loss at Hixson. The seven-point setback snapped the Wildcats’ five-game losing streak, and dropped Central to .500 in District 6-AA play. The Pounders close out their regular season with four straight district road games, including two against East Hamilton. 

8. East Hamilton (13-6)

The Hurricanes halted their five-game skid with Monday’s 74-67 win at East Ridge, but their remaining schedule is brutal. East Hamilton hosts No. 1 Howard on Thursday, followed by No. 7 Central on Friday before traveling to No. 2 Tyner next Tuesday. The ‘Canes are currently third in District 6-AA, but there’s a chance that won’t be the case this time next week.

9. Notre Dame (15-9)

The Fighting Irish got back to .500 in league play with Tuesday’s District 7-AA win over Sequatchie County, and they’ve now won three of four. Notre Dame conclude its district schedule with a pair of home games against Chattanooga Christian School and Signal Mountain before closing out the regular season at Baylor on Feb. 7

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