For those who've never been to the state tournament draw for the TSSAA Blue Cross Basketball Championships, you might be interested to know how the teams are determined. Coaches are asked to draw numbered "bingo" balls. Once their number is chosen, they're put into a bingo cage and drawn. Numbers are then slotted in the bracket as they're drawn. Teams from the same region are placed in opposite sides of the bracket, to ensure they couldn't meet until the finals. The TSSAA updates the brackets on their website live as the bingo balls bounce. The girls state championships pairings took place Sunday at the Doubletree Hotel in Murfreesboro. The same process will take place for boys teams participating in next Saturday at 10am at Doubletree Hotel.
Blue Raider Sports Properties, a division of Learfield Sports, is happy to announce that a three-year extension has been added to the broadcast agreement with NewsRadio WGNS Radio. The affiliation between Blue Raider Athletics and WGNS dates back to 1947 and, for the biggest part of those 68 years, has been a broadcast outlet for Middle Tennessee. The new agreement will mean that Blue Raider Network programming will be heard on NewsRadio WGNS through at least 2018.