MIAMI — The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M High School Tournament will help be a break from a bizarre week for the Wyandotte boys and girls basketball teams.
The teams have had to endure a fire that destroyed the district’s bus fleet last Wednesday.
Then snowy and bitterly cold weather has closed the school three days (classes were called off again for Wednesday).
“We haven’t brought our kids in since Friday because we couldn’t get them in the last two days,” WHS boys’ coach J.K. Wayne said. “I am just glad we play late on Thursday. We are going to try to get them in tomorrow (Wednesday) then practice Thursday and go play Thursday night just to give us some time on the floor.”
The Bears (10-1 and ranked 16th in Class 2A), face Cave Springs at the Miami Activity Center in one of three 9 p.m. games.
“We’ve had four days off the floor. It’s not a good time to have all these distractions, I know that,” Wayne said.
Others in the Boys Blue bracket include Lucky 7 Conference rivals Quapaw, Bluejacket and Fairland as well as Nowata, the Roland JV and Hulbert.
“We’ll go a little bit longer tomorrow than we normally would go the day before a game, but we won’t go too long because we’re looking at three days in a row playing.”
Earlier in the season, the Bears had a stretch where they played Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, so they are used to playing a lot of games in a few days.
“We have a lot of kids that have been playing a lot of basketball, so we have had this problem before,” Wayne said. “I don’t think it will shock any of them. We just need to get back on the floor and get some shots going in.”
Both WHS teams are working on nice win streaks.
The Bears have won eight straight since a 53-44 loss to Gravette, Arkansas (currently 13-4), in the Adair Tournament.
The Lady Bears (9-2) have rattled off nine straight wins since a 57-33 setback against 4A Locust Grove also at Adair.
They face Chetopa, Kansas (3-5), at 10:30 a.m. at the Glen Wolfe Student Activity Center.
Joining Wyandotte and Chetopa in the Girls Blue bracket are Class A No. 17 Welch, Afton and Bluejacket of the Lucky 7 and Tulsa Wright Christian, Hulbert, and Nowata.
The tournament tips off at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and continues through the final round of games at 9 p.m. Saturday.
Defending champs returning are the Welch, Fairland girls and Edmond North girls and Tulsa McLain and Nowata boys.
Daily tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.
A tournament pass, good for all 72 games at all three sites, is $20.
The tournament’s major sponsor is American Bus Sales of Collinsville.
The City of Miami, Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and Miami News-Record also are sponsors.