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Nowhere to go but up
WCHS basketball teams picked last
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District 6-AAA media dayThe Warren County High School basketball programs will need to borrow Drake’s playbook for the upcoming season.The Pioneers and Lady Pioneers will be starting from the bottom and will have to try to work their way up the standings.Each Warren County basketball team was picked to finish last in the media and coaches polls for the new six-team District 6-AAA.The Pioneers and Lady Pioneers were picked behind newcomers Stone Memorial and Rhea County, which are both thought to make an instant impact this season.The Stone Memorial Panthers were projected to finish second in the boys media poll while the Rhea County Lady Eagles finished in a three-way tie for first place in the girls coaches poll.Rhea County tied with White County – the coaches’ pick to win the district – and Cumberland County. The White County Warriorettes are coming off a visit to the substate last year.Rhea County girls coach Shane Johnston feels like his squad is leaving one competitive district to compete in another competitive district.“I have a great deal of respect for this district,” said Johnston. “All we’re doing this year is driving further for really tough games.”The Cookeville Cavaliers are picked to be the class of the boys league as the team garnered the first-place spot in the media and coaches poll.Kevin Bray, the longtime coach of the Cavaliers, played down the expectations of his team.“We have some players who we believe have some potential,” said Bray.Basketball teams will start official practice Monday, Oct. 28.