Despite not having the entire roster due to the football playoffs, the Cullman Bearcats will take to the hardwood Thursday evening for the season opener with the Decatur Red Raiders.
Bobby Meyer's Bearcats and Sam Brown's Red Raiders face each other at 7:30 p.m.
Jayden Sullins and Dylan Finch are getting ready for Friday's first round AHSAA 6A playoff with Ramsay at Carver High in Birmingham.
They will not be available until football is done.
But Meyer is ready to go with experience back in Trey Tucker, Noah Bussman, Drew Morton and others.
The second year for Josh Hembree to lead the Lady Bearcats will be at 6:00 p.m. Cullman will put on the floor a competitive lineup in Anna Evans, Kennedy Wren, Anna Bowden, A.K. Eastman and Alexandria Barker.
Cullman is ready to perform to a high level in the AHSAA 6A Cross Country Championship Saturday in Oakville.
The Bearcats won the Section 5 title last week in Scottsboro, getting a superb outing from Eli Wilhite who came home first with a time of 16:20. Teammate Jackson Tucker was right behind at 16:25 and Tucker Adkison in 6th place at 17:10.
Cullman's Lady Bearcats qualified second from the sectional to continue success they have experienced throughout the fall.
Della Kelly placed 10th in the sectionals with a time of 21:32. She has been the anchor for the team's success.
The boys meet will be at 9:30 a.m. while the 6A girls get the day started with an 8:30 a.m. run in Lawrence County.