Prep Basketball Ready To Take Center Stage


J. Thomas McNamara

 While the upcoming state football championships will be the last weekend of prep football, the girls began their regular season basketball games last week and nine of the 13 boys teams we cover open with tournament action this week.

     My previews appear on pages 12-14 in this week’s edition of the 13 teams we will cover throughout the season in our large and small school reviews/previews from our telephone and written interviews each weekend with coaches.

     These 13 schools and their coaches are Argenta-Oreana, Matt Hall; Central A&M, Rob Smith; Cerro Gordo/Bement, Brandon Willard; Decatur Christian, Rich Gross; Decatur Eisenhower, Rodney Walker, Decatur LSA, Tom Saunches; Decatur MacArthur, Ron Ingram; Decatur St. Teresa, Tom Noonan; Maroa-Forsyth, Blake Reynolds; Meridian, Jay Driscoll; Mount Zion, Bryon Graven; Sangamon Valley, Josh Myers, and Warrensburg-Latham, Vic Binkley.

     The Macon County tournament is less than two weeks away (Dec. 3rd through the 7th) which will be contested in Maroa-Forsyth. This is the year Central A&M and its head coach Rob Smith win their first-ever Macon County tournament championship. The reasons why Smith and his Raiders are favored may be seen in their preview which appears elsewhere in this edition. St. Teresa is the defending champion.

     The eight teams competing in the county tournament are the Bombers, Broncos, Bulldogs, Trojans, Hawks, Storm, Cardinals and, of course, Raiders. The Bombers, the Raiders, the Bulldogs and Trojans, don’t open their basketball season with games until Nov. 27 which is days after the football championships are contested. Three of those teams played in last weekend’s semi-final games in Classes 1 A and 2A and two of them, the Bulldogs and Trojans, went against each other for the first time since September 2015 which the Trojans won.

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