Postseason play in basketball is here.
District tournaments are taking place this week in Classes 1-3. The larger schools, Classes 4-5, run next week.
Class 2 District 4
Being played at New Haven, the boys side appears to be a two-horse race between top-seeded Elsberry and second-seeded New Haven.
Elsberry owned a 17-7 record going into the week and has a 6-8 junior named Kenny Lesley, who’s being heavily recruited. New Haven had a 17-8 record.
The Shamrocks likely will have to beat both Valle Catholic and Elsberry to win the district. As we all know, they’re tough to beat on their home floor.
Pick: New Haven
On the girls side, New Haven is the top seed and the team to beat. The Lady Shamrocks have lost the Class 2 state championship game in each of the last two seasons and want to finish the journey this season.
Crystal City is seeded second and Elsberry is third. It would be a big surprise if New Haven doesn’t take the district.
Pick: New Haven
Class 3 District 6
Being played at Hermann, Montgomery County is the top boys seed followed by two solid squads, South Callaway and O’Fallon Christian. Hermann is seeded sixth and meets O’Fallon Christian in the opening round.
Pick: South Callaway
On the girls side, it appears it will be the top two seeds who will decide it.
Hermann is the No. 1 seed and the favorite to win. Second-seeded North Callaway gave Hermann a run for its money earlier in the season.
Sleeper: North Callaway
Class 3 District 9
Being played at School of the Osage, Fatima is the top boys seed followed by St. James and Cuba. It looks like it will come down to Fatima and St. James.
On the girls side, top-seeded St. James is the favorite, but Fatima and Osage cannot be overlooked.
The Lady Tigers always seem to rise to the occasion in the postseason.
Pick: St. James
Class 4 District 9
Hosted by Borgia, Pacific is the top seed on the boys side followed by Borgia, Sullivan, St. Clair, Union and Owensville.
The top three seeds all have a legitimate shot to win, but watch out for St. Clair, a team that could sneak up and do some damage.
In the end, I see it coming down to a third meeting between Pacific and Borgia.
Sleeper: St. Clair
On the girls side, it looks like it will come down to the top three seeds, Borgia, Sullivan and Owensville.
All three teams are having great seasons. I can see Borgia and Sullivan meeting for the title.
Class 5 District 10
Hosted by Northwest, it’s a three-team race on the boys side between top-seeded Waynesville, second-seeded Rolla and third-seeded Washington.
The Blue Jays defeated Waynesville in last year’s district title contest.
With just two losses, Waynesville is the team to beat. Rolla has a solid team and if the Blue Jays hit their three-pointers, they can win the district.
The girls bracket likely will come down to Washington and Waynesville.
Somehow, Waynesville (11-11) is the top seed and Washington (19-4) is seeded second.
I realize Waynesville defeated Washington 50-48 early in the season at the Sullivan Tournament, but why are we putting that much stock in a two-point game?
You better believe the Lady Jays are using that for motivation.