The names are different but the mission remains the same.
Alexander looks to defend its Lake City Classic title when the Cougars open the four-day tournament this morning against Cedar Grove at Allatoona High.
Last season, Alexander won the tournament but many of those players, including tournament MVP Grant Howard are no longer of the team.
Several players have graduated, but Howard and couple others transferred to different schools during the offseason.
Alexander will come into today’s 10 a.m. contest on a three-game win streak with its most recent win coming a week against against ranked Tri-Cities at home.
“We felt like we could win coming into the game,” Alexander coach Jason Slate said after his team’s win. “We are just getting better as a team.”
The win over Tri-Cities was huge because it was a region win and it has given the team some momentum going into the Lake City Classic. Alexander has won its last three games.
The Tri-Cities seems even bitter now since the Bulldogs went onto win the Peach State Classic last week at Maynard Jackson High in Atlanta.
Tri-Cities opened with a win over Therrell and followed that with win over Pinson Valley of Alabama before defeating Jonesboro in the championship game.
Alexander is hoping that momentum will carry them through this tournament.
“It was a big win and the step in the right direction,” Alexander senior Sidni White said. “I think we are getting better as a team.”
Said Cougars center Brady Spence following the Tri-Cities win: ““This win will give us some high energy going into the next tournament. There are some good teams in this tournament, and we needed this confidence boost.”
Depending on today’s outcome, Alexander will matchup against either Warner Robins or Hillgrove in the next round.
Both teams are highly ranked.