BOYS — Area I is loaded for No. 8 Sequoyah (16-8), which draws 14th-ranked Beggs on Thursday and has No. 7 Henryetta as a possible regional final foe, a team the Indians have split with, winning by 18 just over a week ago. The other side of the bracket has No. 1 Oklahoma Centennial and No. 8 Oklahoma Christian as the top winner’s bracket teams. The Indians also have to deal with the distraction surrounding point guard Caisen Green, who sparked controversy this past weekend over a post of a pit bull he allegedly killed in his front yard with an arrow. Haskell (9-15), a longshot for a second consecutive state trip, needs to win three this week.
In Area III, No. 15 Keys (12-11) also eyes a state tourney return. The Cougars are among six top 20 teams and face No. 20 Dewey on Thursday. Possible for a regional final clash is No. 5 Sperry. On the other end, playing at the Muskogee Civic Center this weekend, is 19th-ranked Westville and No. 11 Kansas and eventually, No. 4 Verdigris, as well as Vian coming out of the consolation bracket should it get a win on Thursday in consolation play at Verdigris.
Eufaula (13-10) is in the winner’s bracket on the opposite side of the bracket. The Ironheads have lost twice to Beggs this season and face Sperry on Thursday.
GIRLS — Area I’s Sequoyah (17-7) is 1-4 against all-class top 10 teams and plays No. 7 Beggs on Thursday. On the other side of the bracket is No. 2 and unbeaten Perkins-Tryon and 17th-ranked Kellyville. Like their boys team, Haskell’s girls (10-14) also must win three straight and at least two of the above will be roadblocks to that happening.
Eufaula (17-6) enters regional in Area III at No. 8 and could get No. 4 and unbeaten Adair in a regional final matchup — or the Keys Lady Cougars (11-10), whose hope in an upset of Adair is keeping Sidney Rainbolt out of her typical foul trouble. In next week’s area tourney at Fort Gibson, No. 3 Verdigris and No. 14 Kansas are likely loomers. The Lady Ironheads have won six consecutive since a loss to Hilldale for third place at the Old Fort Classic. Vian (13-7) has Verdigris on Thursday and a win would put them at the Muskogee Civic Center against Kansas or Hartshorne.