15th Rumble on the Ridge tips off Thursday in Forrest City

FORREST CITY (Times-Herald of Forrest City) - The annual Rumble on the Ridge high school boys basketball tournament will celebrate its 15th year when it begins Thursday at Mustang Arena.

This year's tournament will feature three Arkansas teams – the host team Forrest City Mustangs, Little Rock Hall and Sylvan Hills.

Hall and Sylvan Hills are both making their first appearances at the Rumble.

Forrest City will open against Lee high School on Thanksgiving Day at 6:30 p.m.

A pair of Louisiana teams, Scotlandville High School and Riverside Academy, both from Baton Rouge, will be in the mix, while Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi will have one entry each – Southwind, Lee and New Albany.

Southwind returns for the second consecutive year after finishing second in 2010 to champion Bossier City, La. The Jaguars are coming for one reason and one reason only – to finish what they started at last year's tournament. They will, however, have to do it without Jarnell Stokes, one of the nation's hottest college recruits who transferred from Memphis Central to Southwind over the summer, but was ruled ineligible to play this season by the Tennessee High School Athletics Association board of control on Monday.

New Albany is making its second appearance at the Rumble, but this time under a different name. Back in the first Rumble on the Ridge in 1997, New Albany came as W.P. Daniel High School from New Albany, Miss.

The tournament features four games each of the three days – Thursday through Saturday – beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.