One of the longer running tournaments in the state of Oklahoma is quickly gearing up for its 90th year in Stephens County.
The Stephens County Tournament pairings released Wednesday as coaches met to talk logistics about the tournament.
This year, the tournament will feature eight teams like usual with two new fresh faces joining. Marlow High School will host with an attendance limit set.
There will be 100 tickets per team released for first round games, semi-finals, consolation games and championship Saturday.
The vouchers will be available through each school and after each game, the gym will be cleared and sanitizing will occur before the start of the next game as per rules from Marlow High School.
Masks are required in the Marlow High School gym for fans and if a person has vouchers for a girls’ game and the next boys’ game, they must get a stamp and then present another voucher for the boys’ game.
As in years past, the tournament will have the same format. The first round games for all of the girls will play Monday, Jan. 18. All of the boys’ first round games will play Tuesday, Jan. 19 and the winner’s bracket semi-finals will take place Thursday, Jan. 21 at Marlow High School.
The consolation semi-final games will take place Friday, Jan. 22 at Marlow High School with the consolation championships, the third place games and the title games taking place Saturday, Jan. 23 at Marlow High School.
Times have not been released at this time as Marlow, the host school, will determine the final times of the first round games. The coaches voted on the seedings and the matches are set for the first round.
Host Marlow Lady Outlaws are the No.1 seed and sit at 3-0 on the season. They will face off against No. 8 seed, the Duncan Lady Demons’ JV team.
The defending six-in-a-row Stephens County Tournament Champions, the Comanche Lady Indians are the No. 2 seed and will take on newcomers Wayne, who will be the No. 7 seed in the tournament.
Velma-Alma, who finished in the third spot in the 89th Annual Stephens County Tournament, will be the No. 3 seed and they will take on the Central High Lady Bronchos, who are No. 6 seed.
The final girls’ first round game will feature Empire, who is the No. 4 seed, and they will take on the No. 5 seed Waurika Lady Eagles.
On the boys’ side, the Outlaws are the No. 1 seed after a close vote put them facing against the No. 8 Duncan Demons’ JV team.
Velma-Alma, who has won the last two Stephens County Tournament titles, will be the No. 2 seed and they will take on the Central High Bronchos, the No. 7 seed.
The Waurika Eagles have had a really good season so far and were voted as the No. 3 seed in the Stephens County Boys’ Tournament. They will take on Wayne, who is the No. 6 seed.
The final boys’ first round game will feature No. 4 Comanche who will take on No. 5 Empire Bulldogs to finish out the first round games.
Once times are released, The Banner will release an official bracket. The first game will kick off at 3 p.m. Jan. 18 at Marlow High School as times were set at the coaches meeting.