Local high schools will get a chance to play on ESCC's collegiate basketball court this month. 

Enterprise State Community College president Matt Rodgers has announced that ESCC will be hosting a number of basketball games featuring local high schools from the area in January at ESCC’s Lolley Gym.

Elba, New Brockton, Kinston, Zion Chapel and Florala have already signed up to be featured in these games and Rodgers expects more to be announced in coming weeks.

“We are excited about hosting the local teams in our service area,” Rodgers said. “Our goal is to be our communities’ college. We certainly want to provide a first class venue for our teams to come and compete.”

Rodgers said that this would be a good opportunity for the local student-athletes, as well as other students from the participating schools, to learn more information on ESCC, too.

“We will have information tables set up in the lobby (of Lolley Gym) to include registration/application process, financial aid, scholarships, program offerings and student activities,” Rodgers said. “We have outstanding schools and students in our service area. Events such as these give us the chance to connect and provide valuable information about ESCC. We can’t wait to see them on our campus.”

The first game featured at ESCC will be Class 2A, Area 4 foes Elba and New Brockton facing off on Jan. 5 at 4:30 p.m. with both the boys and girls varsity teams playing.

On Jan. 18, New Brockton will return to ESCC to face off with Class 1A’s Kinston at 4:30 p.m. and Zion Chapel will play Florala on Jan. 26 at 4:30 p.m.

ESCC basketball coach Jermaine Williams is also excited to see more of the Wiregrass’ players in person.

“It’s really great to be able to see all the teams (for the area) in one spot,” Williams said. “They play on the same days that we do a lot of times, so I don’t get a chance to see them in person as much. It’ll be nice to see the guys and girls of the local teams here and also they’ll get a chance to see what we have to offer at ESCC. I think it’s going to be a great event and I’m really looking forward to it.”

More teams and games will be announced soon, according to Rodgers.

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