by: Scott McCaulley
The Holiday Tournament Schedule gets an early start as opening round games at the Walnut Grove Boys and Girls Tournaments will tip-off today with games at both Walnut Grove and Ash Grove.
Area teams are ranked highly on the Boys Side with Billings and Forsyth earning the top two seeds with Pierce City and Hollister seeded third and fourth. Billings opens up at Noon taking on Niangua in Ash Grove with Forsyth opening at 7:30 tonight also in Ash Grove against Hurley. Pierce City and Hollister both play at 6:00 tonight with Pierce City playing Sparta in Ash Grove while Hollister plays Verona at Walnut Grove.
Miller and Walnut Grove are the top two seeds on the Girls Side with Hollister sixth and Crane eighth with several other area teams part of the field. Miller opens the tournament against the Hollister JV Team this morning at 9:00 in Walnut Grove with Crane taking on Macks Creek following at 10:30. Other match-ups include Galena taking on Sparta to start things at Ash Grove at 9:00 am followed later in the day in Walnut Grove by Hurley taking on the host Lady Tigers at Noon and Hollister playing Niangua at 4:30.
Girls Second Round Games follow on Monday with the rest of the tournament to be completed after Christmas.