LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – It’ll be a mad scramble, more than usual, for three hours come Friday morning around WLAF. From 5:30am until 8:30am Friday, qualifiers can call or email to play along in the annual “WLAF – Charley’s Pizza Final Four Fun Run.” This year Collectibles & More will also be providing fun prizes.

Selection Sunday is this Sunday for the men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament.  So, starting at 5:30 am Friday morning, WLAF is taking your phone calls at 423.562.1450 and emails to (please include your phone number) to enter your name in the fun run. 

However, there are two honorary qualifiers already on the list; Leon “Swish” Caldwell and Monty Bullock.  Swish qualifies because he’s the oldest former La Follette Owl to participate and Bullock will only qualify if his favorite team, the Prairie View Panthers, make the tourney.

The winner in 2021 was Lyndon Vinsant. His Baylor Bears defeated Peggy Watson’s Gonzaga Bulldogs. Baylor claimed the crown, its first, with an 86 to 70 win over Gonzaga.

On Monday, WLAF’s Big Josh and Jim will randomly pull the names of the 64 qualifiers and then randomly select an NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament team for each name.  

Prizes from Charley’s Pizza will be awarded to Sweet 16 qualifiers, and Final Four Team qualifiers will each receive $14.50 along with a Charley’s Pizza prize.  The person whose team wins the NCAA Title receives $64, and a prize from Charley’s Pizza. Should the Tennessee Vols win the national championship, the person who has the Vols will win an additional $100. Prizes from Collectibles & More will be announced on Monday.

Good luck and have fun! (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 03/09/2022-6AM)