If you have not been paying close attention to the play of boys and girls basketball teams from both the Van-Far and Community R-VI School Districts, perhaps you may want to start doing so when the calendar turns over to 2018.
Starting with the larger of the two districts at Van-Far, the boys basketball team finished December making a statement that, it is not only one of the best teams in the area, it is also one of the best programs.
Even the JV team was undefeated and had a two point lead late in the third quarter in their varsity match-up with Mark Twain in the Madison Tournament.
Not many teams can enjoy that type of depth.
The boys have been putting up more than 70 points most nights. With the combination of their solid drives to the basket and play in the post, the Indians have the make up of a team who can make a deep run in the postseason in spite of them having a tough district to get through.
The Indians have already knocked off Mexico on the Bulldogs’ home court and picked up solid wins over North Callaway and South Callaway.
The Lady Indians’ record may not be where the players want it to be, but they too have had some success. Their big highlight was traveling to Mexico and leaving with an upset win over a Class 4 Lady Bulldogs’ program.
This team has shown an ability to make adjustments, which could benefit them during the final two months of the season.
At Community R-VI, the Lady Trojans may be leaving the EMO Conference in the near future, but it may involve them going out the door with a title. The girls basketball team stunned Bowling Green on the Lady Bobcats’ home floor, knocked off a Prairie Home squad that was in last year’s Final Four, and are set to make a good run in the Madison Tournament. Their lone loss came against Sturgeon, where the free throw disparity was ridiculous.
In spite of two major injuries, this team is set for a run at the EMO crown, a district title, and possibly 20 wins. All three items are always on the radar for this very deep program that has a JV squad who has been putting up impressive numbers as well.
The Trojans are a revamped team and have at least three players who have shown they can go north of 20 points this season.
With that kind of scoring from guys in their starting lineup, the Trojans are so improved from the team that struggled last year.
They are almost at .500 and are improving every time out. This team can also make a run come district time with the way it has improved in the past few weeks. I’m telling you, this is an exciting time to be following all four teams. Be sure to take notice. We’ll try to keep you updated with their accomplishments as the season progresses.