GREENBRIER — In its 14th year, the Battle at the Brier has a new format.
It will be three days of games beginning Thursday, and it will be a round-robin event instead of the traditional tournament structure.
The tournament is in Panther Pavilion on the Greenbrier High School campus. Four boys teams and four girls teams will each have three games, each playing the other three schools. The teams are Greenbrier, Vilonia, Guy-Perkins and Searcy.
Championships will go to the boys teams and the girls teams that come out on top in their three games. In case of a tie, margins of victory will break the deadlock.
Rivalries with plenty of spice dominate this edition of Battle at the Brier.
Greenbrier and Vilonia have been competitors since basketball was played outdoors on dirt courts. Much of the time, they have been conference opponents and usually for conference titles. Their histories are sprinkled with state championships, and this season it’s likely one or more of the Panther boys and girls and the Eagles boys and girls teams will be in postseason playoffs.
Guy-Perkins needs no introduction anywhere in Arkansas in high school basketball conversations. The Thunderbirds are in the smallest classification in Arkansas sports but habitually take on larger schools and often successfully.
Searcy’s Lions and Lady Lions aren’t far from Greenbrier, and both are strong. The Lion boys were runners-up in last year’s Battle at the Brier, and their top player, Emaje Young, is back this time. He has attracted college recruiting attention from many directions.
First Security Bank is planning a variety of halftime contests for fans at the tournament games. The free programs for Battle at the Brier again will be furnished by the Log Cabin Democrat.
The scheduled games:
4 p.m., Girls, Vilonia vs Searcy.
5:30 p.m., Boys, Vilonia vs Searcy.
7 p.m., Girls, Greenbrier vs Guy-Perkins.
8:30 p.m., Boys, Greenbrier vs Guy-Perkins.
4 p.m., Girls, Guy-Perkins vs Searcy.
5:30 p.m., Boys, Guy-Perkins vs Searcy.
7 p.m., Girls, Greenbrier vs Vilonia.
8:30 p.m., Boys, Greenbrier vs Vilonia.
1 p.m., Girls, Vilonia vs Guy-Perkins.
2:30 p.m., Boys, Vilonia vs Guy-Perkins.
4 p.m., Girls, Greenbrier vs Searcy.
5:30 p.m., Boys, Greenbrier vs Searcy.