MIAMI — Four members of the Lucky 7 Conference will be playing for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M High School Basketball Tournament championships Saturday, Jan. 20.
Welch looks for a second straight and 16th overall NEO title when it faces Wyandotte in the Girls Blue final at 6 p.m. at the Glen Wolfe Student Activity Center.
The Lady Bears are looking to avenge a 64-60 loss to Welch in their season opener on Nov. 28.
A title would be the 16th for the Lady Wildcats, who are ranked 17th in Class A.
Welch’s other championships came in 2014, 2008, 2003, 1995, 1994, 1986, 1985, 1978, 1973, 1968, 1967, 1963, 1961, 1960 and 1959.
Wyandotte hasn’t been an NEO tournament championship since 2010.
The Lady Bears’ other titles were in 1996, 1985 and 1984.
The Quapaw girls battle Joplin Thomas Jefferson at 9 p.m. in the Girls Norse final at 9 p.m. in the SAC.
Commerce’s boys look for their first NEO title since 1996 when they tackle Braggs in the Boys Norse final at 7:30 p.m. at the SAC.
Edmond North shoots for a second straight Girls Gold crown when it battles Grove at 6 p.m. in the NEO Field House.
The Ironmen also look to repeat in the Boys Blue bracket when they tackle Hulbert at 9 p.m. in the NEO Field House.
The other championship game sees first-time entrant Claremore and Tulsa Rogers, aiming for a first NEO title, in the 7:30 p.m. Boys Gold final at the NEO Field House.
An intriguing early game finds Welch playing Chetopa, Kansas, to determine fifth in the Boys Norse bracket.
Chetopa coach Dalton McCord played on the Wildcats’ 2008 championship team under Josh Schertz.
McCord got his first career win Friday when his Hornets beat Watts 62-58.
At 27, McCord is the youngest coach in the Three Rivers League in Kansas.