Jim Ned, Albany SQT's this weekend are final chances for some at 7-on-7 State


This weekend marks some of the final area State 7-on-7 qualifying tournaments, or SQT's, with a host of area Big Country schools eyeing a ticket to College Station.

Friday at Jim Ned, the Indians are hosting a Division II tournament -- with the top 2 out of the 16 team pool advancing to state. Some of the schools participating include Eastland, Jim Ned, Early, Snyder, Sweetwater, Breckenridge, and Brownwood -- which already qualified earlier this month.

Pool play begins at 9 a.m. at the high school, with the qualifying semifinals to take place at 3 p.m.

Also on Friday, a few more are heading to the Albany SQT -- a Division III tournament for 7-on-7. This is the first year that a new division was added to help make the playing field a bit more even for the small schools, and so far -- it's been met with the seal of approval.

"I mean there's still a lot of talent at this level and it's so hard to qualify -- but its just a lot fairer," said Albany incoming senior Cutter Edgar. "You don't have any -- about ten, 6'4 guys to go up against. I want to just go to College Station -- win something."

The Lions will join Hawley, Winters, Hamlin, Merkel, Ballinger, Dublin, and Anson in pool play that begins at 9 a.m. Four pools will be split with the A & B playing at Albany High School, and pool C& D playing at "The Fieldhouse" in Abilene. Winners of each pool will play in the state qualifying match at their respective locations beginning at 4 p.m.

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