MIAMI — Seven ranked teams will be in the field for the 73rd annual Northeastern A&M High School Basketball Tournament presented by American Bus Sales.
There will be 48 teams playing in three boys and three girls brackets Thursday, Jan. 18 through Saturday, Jan. 20 at three Miami locations: the NEO Field House, the Glen Wolfe Student Activity Center and the Miami Activity Center.
Local teams entered in the tournament that are ranked by ossaarankings.com include the Wyandotte boys, 18th in Class 2A, and the Welch girls, 19th in Class A.
Wyandotte improved to 9-1 with a 102-37 romp over Afton Tuesday, Jan. 9.
The only blemish on the Bears’ record is a 53-44 loss to Gravette, Arkansas, in the Adair Invitational.
Welch (11-1) is coming off a 57-30 win over Commerce Tuesday night.
The Lady Wildcats’ only loss was a 64-60 setback against Wyandotte on Nov. 28.
The Claremore boys are 10th in Class 5A.
Other ranked teams in the field include the Roland boys, 12th in Class 4A; Coweta girls, 11th in Class 5A; Roland girls, 17th in Class 4A, and Grove girls, 19th in Class 4A.
The Edmond North girls rallied from three points down in the final 90 seconds to beat Coweta 45-44 in the Girls Gold championship final.
Other returning champs are the Welch and Fairland girls and Tulsa McLain and Nowata boys.
Welch beat Afton 54-42 in the Girls Blue final.
Fairland was the Girls Norse winner, beating Commerce, 31-17.
The only champ that did not return is Fayetteville Christian, which won the Boys Norse title with a 67-50 decision over Welch.
Other girls teams in the field are Miami, Bluejacket, Quapaw, Wyandotte, Cave Springs, Coweta, Hulbert, Green Country Defenders, Nowata, South Coffeyville, Tulsa McLain, Tulsa Rogers, Tulsa Wright Christian, Watts and Braggs, as well as Thomas Jefferson Day School in Joplin and Chetopa, Kansas.
Also playing in the boys’ divisions are Miami, Afton, Bluejacket, Commerce, Fairland, Quapaw, Welch, Cave Springs, Chetopa, Green Country Defenders, Roland, Braggs, South Coffeyville, Watts, Rogers, Wright Christian, Hulbert and the Roland and Green Country Defenders JV.
This will be the first time ever for Claremore to play in the NEO tournament and the first time since 2013 for both Grove teams.
Hulbert hasn’t played in the tournament since 1988.
Games start at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
Seventh-, fifth-, third- and first-place games will be Saturday.