Five area teams to play in holiday shootout

Russellville boys basketball coach Chris Leuckel (right) laughs as an Pilot Grove head coach Rick Grunden hands him a Pilot Grove Tigers T-shirt Wednesday at Mike Kehoe Ford. Russellville and Pilot Grove will meet Dec. 27 in the Missouri National Guard Shootout at Fleming Fieldhouse.

Russellville boys basketball coach Chris Leuckel (right) laughs as an Pilot Grove head coach Rick Grunden hands him a Pilot Grove Tigers T-shirt Wednesday at Mike Kehoe Ford. Russellville and Pilot Grove will meet Dec. 27 in the Missouri National Guard Shootout at Fleming Fieldhouse. Photo by Kelley McCall.

The holiday basketball scene this year will have a distinct local flavor.

In addition to the Mike Kehoe Great 8 Classic for the boys and the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational for the girls, the inaugural Missouri National Guard Shootout will be played featuring five games with smaller area schools.

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