Small-school basketball takes center stage next week at Bolivar High School. The Class 1, District 6 tournament begins Monday, Feb. 27 and concludes Friday, March 2. The Climax Springs High School boys' basketball team seeks to defend its district crown. The Macks Creek Lady Pirates hope their turnaround season leads to a district championship.


Small-school basketball takes center stage next week at Bolivar High School. The Class 1, District 6 tournament begins Monday, Feb. 27 and concludes Friday, March 2.

The Climax Springs High School boys' basketball team seeks to defend its district crown. The Macks Creek Lady Pirates hope their turnaround season leads to a district championship.

Boys' tournament

Fair Play, No. 2 in the MBCA/MoSports Class 1 state poll, comes in as the top seed.

They're followed by the surging Climax Springs Cougars, who are 18-5 overall and have won 10 straight. There's a dropoff from there, with the remaining six teams all below .500.

The Macks Creek Pirates are seeded sixth.

Seeds and records
1. Fair Play (21-2)
2. Climax Springs (18-5)
3. Hermitage (11-12)
4. Wheatland (9-10)
5. Weaubleau (10-13)
6. Macks Creek (7-15)
7. Niangua (8-13)
8. Halfway (6-17)

Class 1, District 6
Tuesday, Feb. 28
No. 1 Fair Play vs. No. 8 Halfway, 4 p.m.
No. 4 Wheatland vs. No. 5 Weaubleau, 5:30 p.m.
No. 2 Climax Springs vs. No. 7 Niangua, 7 p.m.
No. 3 Hermitage vs. No. 6 Macks Creek, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 1
Fair Play/Halfway winner vs. Wheatland/Weaubleau winner, 6 p.m.
Climax Springs/Niangua winner vs. Hermitage/Macks Creek winner, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 2
Title game, 7:30 p.m.

District breakdown: Anything other than a Fair Play-Climax Springs final would be a surprise. Fair Play has already beaten Climax Springs, Halfway, Hermitage and Macks Creek. The Hornets end the regular season this Friday night at Weaubleau. One of Fair Play's losses came in a surprising 56-55 home defeat to Wheatland on Jan. 24. Fair Play would have all the pressure if the two play in the second round.

Climax Springs' current 10-game winning streak started after it lost 67-31 at Fair Play on Jan. 20. The Cougars should take care of business against Niangua in the first round and either Macks Creek or Hermitage in the semifinals. Macks Creek lost to Hermitage twice in the regular season. The Pirates will need to knock down some outside shots in order to advance to the semifinals.

Girls' tournament

It's strong at the top with three teams having 16 or more wins. Due to its success against the field in the regular season, Weaubleau earned the top district seed.

New coach Craig Parrack brought his past coaching success to Macks Creek and landed the Lady Pirates a No. 2 seed. Fair Play is seeded third, followed by Halfway and Climax Springs.

Seeds and records
1. Weaubleau (16-6)
2. Macks Creek (17-6)
3. Fair Play (17-5)
4. Halfway (12-12)
5. Climax Springs (8-15)
6. Hermitage (4-17)
7. Wheatland (3-19)
8. Niangua (0-15)

Class 1, District 6
Monday, Feb. 27
No. 1 Weaubleau vs. No. 8 Niangua, 4 p.m.
No. 4 Halfway vs. No. 5 Climax Springs, 5:30 p.m.
No. 2 Macks Creek vs. No. 7 Wheatland, 7 p.m.
No. 3 Fair Play vs. No. 6 Hermitage, 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 29
Weaubleau/Niangua winner vs. Halfway/Climax Springs winner, 6 p.m.
Macks Creek/Wheatland winner vs. Fair Play/Hermitage winner, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 2
Title game, 6 p.m.

District breakdown: Weaubleau may no longer be state ranked, but the Lady Tigers are a strong top seed. They've already beaten Macks Creek, Climax Springs, Hermitage and Wheatland this season. They finish this week with games against Halfway and Fair Play. Macks Creek has lost three times to Weaubleau, but two of the games were within five points. Fair Play is a quality No. 3 seed at 17-5 overall.

Weaubleau, Macks Creek and Fair Play should all advance to the semifinals. Climax Springs finished the season strong and will look to avenge a pair of losses to Halfway.

It's shaping up as Weaubleau vs. Macks Creek in the finals, but Fair Play may have something to say about that.

—?Kai Raymer