Variety highlights annual Beast of the Southeast
CHESAPEAKE — That aroma at this year’s Beast of the Southeast is potpourri.
This year’s boys’ basketball event at Chesapeake High School will be spiced with variety when the five-game schedule tips off at noon on Saturday.
There will be four teams from the Ohio Valley Conference, two from the Southern Ohio Conference, three from the Tri-Valley Conference and one — Eastern Brown — from the Southern Hills League.
Coal Grove faces Athens and high-scoring guard Griffin Lutz at noon.
Portsmouth — expected to challenge for the OVC title — and district player of the year Ky’re Allison goes against Eastern Brown at 2 p.m.
Minford has just one loss and will go against a talented Trimble team at 4 p.m.
Host Chesapeake with All-Ohio candidates Gage Rhoades and Brad Meadows play Alexander, alma mater of Panthers’ head coach Ryan Davis.
Two preseason league favorites — Fairland in the OVC and Lucasville Valley in the SOC — will meet in the final game at 8 p.m.
Admission is $8 for all five games. Here is the schedule:
Noon — Coal Grove vs. Athens
2 p.m. — Portsmouth vs. Eastern Brown
4 p.m. — Minford vs. Trimble
6 p.m. — Chesapeake vs. Alexander
8 p.m. — Fairland vs. Lucasville Valley