Local basketball fans can see some of the best high school players and teams in the area this month at the 20th annual W-K Holiday Shoot-Out hosted by State Fair Community College in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center on the Sedalia campus.

The event returns after a one-year absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Shoot-Out features 44 local teams playing 22 games during the month December. The event begins on Wednesday, Dec. 15, and continues Dec. 16, 17, 18, and Dec. 28. The idea for the Shoot-Out originated with Tom Knight, former athletic director at Smith-Cotton High School.

“We implemented it in the spring and summer of 2001 and had the first Shoot-Out that December,” said SFCC Athletic Director Darren Pannier. “He (Knight) had the idea to bring in different opponents for the area schools to play. After he gave me the idea, I just started calling local high schools and asking them if they would play a school from outside their area.”

The Dec. 15 action consists of a pair doubleheaders. The Lincoln and Concordia girls will tipoff at 4:30 p.m., followed by a boys’ contest between Lincoln and Concordia at 6 p.m. The Otterville and Jamestown girls will play at 7:30 p.m. The boys’ game between Otterville and Jamestown will close out the first night of action at 9 p.m.

The games on Dec. 16 include a pair of doubleheaders between Tuscumbia and New Franklin. The girls’ game begins at 4:30 p.m. The boys’ contest follows at 6 p.m.  A girls’ game between Bunceton/Prairie Home and Northwest will tipoff at 7:30 p.m., and a boys’ contest between Prairie Home/Bunceton and Northwest will begin at 9 p.m.

On Dec. 17 games between Chilhowee and Windsor girls’ teams will start at 6 p.m. A boys’ game between Chilhowee and La Monte will start at 7:30 p.m.

The games on Dec. 18 will begin with a doubleheader between Cole camp and Butler. The girls’ game will tipoff at 10:30 a.m. followed by the boys’ contest at noon. A girls’ game between Smithton and Tina-Avalon will begin at 1:30 p.m. The Smithton and Norborne boys will play at 3 p.m. Sacred Heart and Sweet Springs will play a doubleheader beginning with the girls’ at 4:30 p.m. and the boys’ game at 6 p.m. Smith-Cotton will take on Central Kansas City in a girls’ contest at 7:30 p.m. The Smith-Cotton boys will close out the action with a game against Central Kansas City at 9 p.m.

After a break for the Christmas holiday, action will resume on Dec. 28. A doubleheader between Pilot Grove and Montrose will begin the action on the final day. The girls will start at 3 p.m. followed by the boys’ contest at 4:30 p.m. A doubleheader between Tipton and Russellville will close out the event. The girls’ game will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the boys’ at 7:30 p.m.

The title sponsor of the event is W-K Chevrolet. The co-sponsors are McDonald’s, Pummill’s Sporting Goods, Culligan, Bothwell-Peak Sport and Spine, Ditzfeld & Weaver Charter Service, Show-Me Sports Network, Hank’s Portables and Septic Services, and Jones Bros. Marine.

“The sponsors help make sure that the doors stay open,” said Pannier. “It’s a costly event. I believe SFCC benefits from it because it gets prospective students on campus.”

The admission prices for the event are $5 per day for adults, and children 12 and younger are admitted free.

--David Rohrbach, SFCC Athletics