Wildcats seeking wins in Spokane

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cassville to travel tough road in tourney action

Located halfway between Nixa and Branson West on U.S. Highway 13 is the small town of Spokane.

A flashing caution light marks the point where motorists turn. Turn east, and one can tour a quiet community that typifies small-town Missouri. But, turn west, and one will find a school so sprawling that a skyway was built over the road to keep all students in one building.

Basketball at Spokane High School is not just a sport -- it is the sport. For four nights in January, seven area teams are extended coveted invitations to join the Owls in the annual Spokane Invitational.

This season's field includes three teams from Barry and Lawrence counties in Cassville, Verona and Marionville. Springfield Catholic, Galena, Reeds Spring, Blue Eye and the host Spokane round out the field.

"We like the tournament because there is a good cross-section of talent," said Danny Powers, Cassville coach. "Our goal is to win two games and play for some kind of championship." We'd like to go 3-0, but we want to keep our goals consistent. Our goal is to win two games in every tournament."

The Wildcats will play Verona or Marionville in the second round.

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