Tournament Brackets Released

Riverdale Academy’s basketball teams and Red River girls begin their quest for the championships this week.

The Mississippi Association of Independent Schools has published the brackets for their regional tournaments that take place this coming week. Riverdale Academy’s boys and girls teams will play in the “South A Tournament.”

Their first games will be Tuesday afternoon. Riverdale Rebels play Discovery Christian at 5:15 pm. The Lady Rebels will play afterwards versus Rebul Academy at 6:30 pm.

The top four teams in the boys and girls regional tournament will advance to the “A Tournament to be held the following week.

The “South A Tournament” is being played at Briarfield Academy in Lake Providence. The Journal will provide live broadcasts of each game. We will be on the air at about 5:10 pm Tuesday for both games.

When Riverdale wins the first games, they advance to the quarterfinals on Friday afternoon. Championship and consolation games will be held on Saturday.

Last year both the boys and girls teams lost the tournament in the championship games. However both teams went on to win the championship of the Class A tournament.

The Red River Lady Bulldogs begin their road to the championship on Thursday. They will play Rosepine on Thursday at home. The Lady Bulldogs are seeded number 6 in 2-A and Rosepine is seeded 27th.

Fire at Budget Inn


The State Fire Marshall’s office is investigating a fire Sunday evening at the Budget Inn on Highway 71. That late evening fire destroyed one room and damages two others.

At 8:40 Red River fire department received a call of a fire at Budget inn. When they arrived one room was involved, and the fire was spreading to a second room. The third room had smoke and water damage. In the pictures you can see firefighters checking every room.

All rooms in the Budget Inn were evacuated until the fire was under control. Fire Chief Shane Felts said they will know more details after the State Fire Marshall completes their investigation. For now, the cause of the fire is under investigation.

There were no injuries reported.

Reporter Barry McCoy furnished the photos and contributed to this report.