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New and old faces at Capital City Shootout

New and old faces at Capital City Shootout

December 6th, 2018 by Greg Jackson in Sports Prep

Jefferson City Public Schools athletic director Ehren Earleywine makes introductory remarks Wednesday at Joe Machens Ford during a press conference for the upcoming holiday basketball events.

Photo by Sally Ince /News Tribune.

There will be new teams and new matchups in this year's Captial City Shootout at Fleming Fieldhouse, along with plenty of returning ballclubs.

The seven-game event is Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning with a 10 a.m. tip-off between the Fatima and Vienna boys basketball teams.

Vienna is making its first appearance in the event, while the Comets return for the first time since 2012.

"I haven't looked ahead, as far as where we would play if we were lucky enough to win our district," Vienna coach Greg Koetting said at Wednesday's press conference at Joe Machens Ford. "But I know the two years I was lucky enough to win a district (championship) at Linn, we played sectionals at Jeff City. Just in case that's a possibility, that's a good atmosphere for them."

The Harrisburg boys, returning to the Shootout for the first time since 2014, face newcomer Missouri Military Academy at 11:30 a.m.

The next matchup at 1 p.m. features two Shootout returners that are defending district champions.

The California girls finished in second place last season in the Class 2 state tournament. The Lady Pintos have appeared in eight of the nine Shootouts.

"This event is always a great challenge for us," California coach Bobby Sangster said.

The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs had a perfect regular season in 2017-18, finishing with a 26-1 record.

"It's a great event to be in, it's always a great crowd to play in front of with a great all-around atmosphere," South Callaway coach Darren Humphrey said.

The California boys will follow with a matchup at 2:30 p.m. against Iberia. The Pintos are appearing in the Shootout for the sixth time, while the Rangers are making their debut.

"Any time you get to come in here and play in a nice atmosphere, and see somebody you don't usually see on the schedule, it's always fun," California coach Ron Lebel said. "We had a good time last year, and I know we'll have a good time again this year."

The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons will take on the Hermann Lady Bearcats next on the schedule at 4 p.m. The two teams played each other in the Shootout in 2015.

Play will wrap up with a doubleheader between Jefferson City and Miller Career Academy.

The girls game tips at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys game at 7 p.m.

"Hopefully the kids can stick around, spend the day there watching other teams," Koetting said. "I think it would be a good experience for them."