Brew Tech’s attempt at first-ever title highlights Championship Saturday in Birmingham
K.T. Harrell will try to lead Brewbaker Tech to its first-ever state title Saturday. (Staff Photo)
BIRMINGHAM - Chauncey Shines admitted the Brewbaker Tech Rams were taking in stride their first-ever win in the Class 4A semifinals over Columbia on Wednesday.
The team spent the night in Birmingham following the win. There was no need for a bed check.
“They watched the Ramsay-Anniston game and went back to the hotel and went to bed,” Shines said. “They were tired and ready to take it easy.”
Now rested, the Rams go for a history-making win on Saturday, looking to grab the school’s first-ever state title in any sport when they face Ramsay in the Class 4A state championship game at 11 a.m.
The Rams are one of three teams from the River Region looking to win a state title on Saturday. G.W. Carver will have both girls and boys in the state championship games in 5A.
Brew Tech has never won a title – never played for one in a championship round. The school’s athletic program has been in existence for about 10 years. The school fields most sports except football, which makes Satruday special, even if the players look at it as another game.
“We really haven’t talked much about the history of what it means but I think they all know,” Shines said. “Anytime you are part of the first title game, you know it mans a lot.”
Shines is well aware of the Rams’ opponent and expects Ramsay to open up firing away from 3-point land.
“They made 9-of-10 shots to start the game so you know they can score,” Shines said, referring to Ramsay’s win over defending champ Anniston. “We can’t be as sloppy as we started (Wednesday). We have to take care of the ball and make sure we take better shots.”
K.T. Harrell was again the catalyst as he has been all season, scoring 27 points in the win on Wednesday.
“He’s set up to have a special game but we have to continue to get great production from the other guys,” Shines said. “It will take a team effort to win this thing.”
Carver also wants to make history on Satruday. The boys spent the majority of the 2009-10 season on probation but are in the state title game against Lee-Huntsville (3 p.m.).
“It’s been a crazy year but our guys have kept battling,” Carver coach James “J.J.” Jackson said. “I can’t think of a better way to finish than to win the championship.”
Carver has already won 23 games this season but it could have been more had the Wolverines been allowed to play in tournaments. Jackson admitted earlier in the season that he was not sure if the lack of tournament play would harm their chances in the postseason.
So far, so good.
“You never know but our players have endured a lot,” he said. “They’ve got a goal in mind and I don’t think the number of games we have played will be a factor. Lee-Huntsville will be the factor, not games played.”
The Carver girls also go after the 5A title against Fairfield. Michelle Simmons will lean on Shatavia Ferris, who scored 21 first-half points to lead the Lady Wolverines in the semifinal win over Erwin.
“She is a special player but she also gets a lot of attention inside,” Simmons said. “She will be doubled a lot (in the championship game).”
Other championship games on Saturday include the 6A matchups between Bob Jones and Hoover in the girls’ game and Bob Jones and Homewood in the boys’. Deshler will face Midfield in the 4A girls final at 9 a.m.