Local basketball fans will have a chance to see some of the best high school players and teams in the area as the W-K Shoot-Out kicks off Friday afternoon.

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Darren Pannier

Press Release from SFCC

Local basketball fans will have a chance to see some of the best high school basketball players and teams in the area this month at the 10th annual W-K Shoot-Out Dec. 16-17, 19, and 27-28 at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center on the State Fair Community College Sedalia campus.

The idea for the first shoot-out came from Tom Knight, who was the athletic director at Smith-Cotton High School.

“We implemented it in the spring and summer of 2001 and had the first shoot-out that December,” said SFCC Athletic Director Darren Pannier. “Tom had the idea to bring in different opponents for the area schools to play.  After he gave me the idea, I starting calling local high schools and asking them if they would play a school from outside their area.”

The shoot-out will kick off Friday, Dec. 16, with a pair of doubleheaders. The Sweet Springs and Pilot Grove girls’ game will begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by the boys’ game at 6 p.m.  A pair of Kaysinger Conference foes will close out the first day of the shoot-out. The LaMonte and Northwest girls tip off at 7:30 p.m. The boys follow at 9 p.m.

The Dec. 17 games begin with a pair of contests between Smithton and Slater. The girls’ contest tips off at 10:30 a.m. followed by the boys’ game at noon. A doubleheader between Windsor and Skyline continues the action that day. In the girls’ matchup at 1:30 p.m., Windsor will take on state-ranked Skyline, followed by the boys’ game at 3 p.m.

In a 4:30 p.m. contest the Sacred Heart girls will take on Bunceton, followed by the state-ranked Sacred Heart boys’ team vs. Santa Fe at 6 p.m. The Smith-Cotton Tigers close the second day of the shoot-out with a girls’ game against Boonville at 7:30 p.m., followed by the boys’ matchup against Marshall at 9 p.m.

The action on Dec. 19 will feature a doubleheader between Crest Ridge and Cole Camp. The girls’ game begins at 6 p.m. and the boys’ tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.

After the holiday break, the action resumes Dec. 27. Stover takes on Fayette in a doubleheader, with the girls’ game starting at noon and the boys’ game at 1:30 p.m. The fourth day of the shoot-out concludes with a doubleheader between Macks Creek and Knob Noster. The girls’ game starts at 3 p.m. and the boys’ game is set for 4:30 p.m.

The final day of the shoot-out begins at noon Dec. 28 with a girls’ game between Warsaw and Grain Valley. The boys’ action follows at 1:30 p.m. The Otterville and Tipton girls take the court at 3 p.m. followed by the boys at 4:30 p.m. The event closes with a doubleheader between Concordia and Lincoln. The girls’ game starts at 6 p.m. followed by the boys’ game at 7:30 p.m.

The title sponsor of the event is W-K Chevrolet. Co-sponsors are McDonald’s, Pummill’s Sporting Goods Inc., Chouteau Purified Water, PepsiAmericas Inc., Ditzfeld Transfer Inc., and BackBone of Health.

“We very much appreciate the strong support of the sponsors,” said Pannier. “It’s because of them that we can provide an opportunity for the area high school student athletes to play in a college atmosphere.”

Admission is $5 per day for adults. Youth 12 and younger are admitted free.