When Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Thursday, it was a signal that winter will linger another six weeks.
Wonder if Phil’s vision also foretold that the high school basketball season would be entering its final full week?
The road to March begins next week.
For Adair, Chouteau, Locust Grove and Salina, the regular season begins to wind down this week.
District tournaments are scheduled for Feb. 17-18 in classes 2A (Chouteau), 3A (Adair, Salina) and 4A (Locust Grove).
Adair, Locust Grove and Salina will be looking forward to having district tournament games at home. Chouteau will be playing in a three-game district at Fairland.
The two largest classifications, 6A and 5A (Pryor), will tip off their post-season play the following week, at the regional tournament level.
A full schedule of games is scheduled on Tuesday and Friday of this week.
Pryor will be the lone Mayes County team with a home game Tuesday, when the Tigers play host to Tulsa Kelley.
The Salina girls, who will be at Ketchum Tuesday night, carry the county’s longest winning streak, seven games.
The Chouteau boys, with a trip to Keys, will be playing their third straight road game. The first two away from home last week were forgettable. They lost in overtime at Adair and at Kansas.
The Locust Grove girls, with a 50-37 victory over Wagoner Friday night, has had the county’s most impressive turnaround from last season.
Justin Brown, in his first year at Locust Grove, has taken a team that went 4-20 last season and improved to 11-8.
In their two games this week, the Locust Grove girls will face Catoosa and Grove, teams they split with in their earlier meetings.
The Salina boys registered the biggest win in the county Friday night, dropping No. 12, Class 3A Caney Valley, 54-49.
“The biggest win of the year,” Wildcats coach Brandon Heath called it.
“That was a big confidence builder. Against a really good team.
“We are playing our best basketball of the season,” he said.
His Wildcats have won four of their last five games, losing only at Locust Grove.
Adair, which goes to Foyil Tuesday night, continues to field the two teams with the best combined record in the county.
The Adair boys, with four wins in a row and seven in their last eight, are 15-4 and ranked 15th in Class 3A. The girls are 15-6 and ranked sixth, but their varsity will not play against Foyil.
Because of the number of games they have played this season, the Adair varsity girls will sit out in favor of the junior varsity. The varsity did not play against Foyil in their first meeting.
Tulsa Kelley at Pryor
Adair at Foyil
Locust Grove at Catoosa
Salina at Ketchum
Chouteau at Keys
Coweta at Pryor
Westville at Chouteau
Salina at Kansas
Locust Grove at Grove
Adair at Colcord