Seven defending state basketball champions are in the field when the Georgia High School Association hosts the annual Ralph Swearngin Championships this week at the Macon Coliseum.

The four-day competition includes championships for boys and girls teams in the GHSA’s eight classifications, as well as the AAASP Wheelchair division, girls and coed 3-point contests and the slam dunk contest.

Returning boys champions in the field are Alexander (6A), Kell (5A), Sandy Creek (3A) and Westside-Augusta (2A). Returning girls champions are Hebron Christian (3A), Mount Paran Christian (2A) and St. Francis (Class A Division I).

The Westside boys and Mount Paran girls are going for their third straight championship.

There is even a state championship rematch. Kell and Eagle’s Landing will meet in the 5A final for the second straight year. Kell won last year’s game 61-53.

All the games will be streamed on the NFHS Network. An additional subscription is required.

Wednesday schedule

Class A Division II girls, 1 p.m. – Greenforest vs. Montgomery County

Class A Division II boys, 3 p.m. – Greenforest vs. Manchester

Class 4A girls, 5 p.m. – Hardaway vs. Baldwin

Class 4A boys, 7 p.m.  – Holy Innocents’ vs. North Oconee

Thursday schedule

Class 2A girls, 1 p.m. – Mount Paran Christian vs. Josey

Class 2A boys, 3 p.m. – Westside-Augusta vs. Toombs County

Coed 3-point contest, 5 p.m.

Class 5A girls, 5:30 p.m. – Midtown vs. Maynard Jackson

Class 5A boys, 7:30 p.m. – Kell vs. Eagle’s Landing

Friday schedule

Class 3A girls, 1 p.m. – Wesleyan vs. Hebron Christian

Class 3A boys, 3 p.m. – Johnson-Savannah vs. Sandy Creek

Girls 3-point contest

Class 6A girls, 5:30 p.m. – Marist vs. North Forsyth

Class 6A boys, 7:30 p.m. – Riverwood vs. Alexander

Saturday schedule

Class A Division I girls, 11 a.m. – St. Francis vs. Galloway

Class A Division I boys, 1 p.m. – Mount Vernon vs. Paideia

Adaptive Wheelchair, 3 p.m.

Boys Slam Dunk contest, 5 p.m.

Class 7A girls, 5:30 p.m. – Grayson vs. North Paulding

Class 7A boys, 7:30 p.m. – Grayson vs. McEachern

Fans cheer during the 2023 GHSA Basketball Championships

Fans cheer during the 2023 GHSA Basketball Championships

Credit: Maya Backman

Spectator information

Tickets are $15 per day and are good for all sessions that day. Tickets are only available on GoFan! (GHSA (Georgia) Events and Tickets by GoFan) No tickets will be sold at the gate.

A clear-bag policy is in effect for all spectators.

There is no re-entry to the arena after you leave.

Parking at the Macon Coliseum is free, but vehicles improperly parked on a curb or on the grass will be towed.