Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” might be the unofficial fight song for the Miami High School basketball teams.
For the second time in the past three games and the sixth time in 10 dates, MHS is on the road — today playing in Neosho, Mo.
It played at Coffeyville, Kan., Friday night then hosted Seneca, Mo., on Saturday.
Miami has just three home dates remaining: Friday against Wagoner, Saturday against Pryor in a makeup game and Feb. 16 against Grove, which brings down the curtain on the school’s 50-plus year stay at the Dogdome, a.k.a. the Miami Civic Center.
Special activities are planned for the final games. Former basketball players and cheerleaders at MHS are invited to attend. They will be recognized during the games and will be asked to join in the Senior Night ceremony.
A chili supper will be held prior to the games, giving those attending a chance to visit.
Miami was swept by Seneca Saturday, the girls falling 66-55 before the boys suffered a 68-45 setback.
Neosho was idled last week by the winter storm that plowed through the region.
The Wildcats improved to 4-12 with a 49-47 victory against Mount Vernon, Mo., on Jan. 23.
“This is a winable game,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said. “We’ve got to bounce back. These guys have shown resiliency. I have confidence we will bounce back and give a good effort.”
The Neosho girls are 15-4 after dropping a 50-42 decision to Oklahoma Class 3A No. 3 Kansas.
“It’s going to be awfully, awfully tough,” said Lady Wardog coach JohnCarl Morgan, who compares Neosho to 4A No. 4 Vinita, which had been the top-ranked team for most of the season.
“They are pretty good”