WARRENTON - Varsity basketball is officially over in Warren County and while the Warrenton and Wright City teams never got to battle each other on the hardwood this season, it doesn’t mean bragging rights will go unclaimed.
It’s just the faculty and staff members who will determine them as the two school districts square off in a roundball game dubbed the “Crosstown Showdown” this Wednesday (March 6) at Warrenton High School. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. inside Jacob “Gubber” Boedeker Memorial Gym.
Warrenton Activities Director Kevin Fowler said the student council was the motivation behind the inaugural event. It’s one that’s certain to fetch a few good laughs from the crowd watching their favorite teachers showcase their hoop skills, or lack thereof.
“(The student council) is always looking for ways to improve morale and culture for high school activities, so they came up with this idea,” he said. “It’s a way to ignite some excitement. Everybody loves a good rivalry, and there’s a fun one with Wright City.”
Wright City was originally scheduled to host Warrenton in mid-November to open their respective basketball seasons, but inclement weather intervened and the game was never rescheduled.
Fowler said it wasn’t rescheduled because the Warrenton boys team would have exceeded its game limit set by the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA). The Warriors are facing a similar dilemma for next season, so it’s likely the two programs won’t meet again until 2020-21 unless they play each other in a tournament.
The Warriors won 75-45 in the most recent installment of the rivalry in November of 2017. They’ve beaten the Wildcats in three consecutive meetings and eight of the last 10 dating back to the 2011 Hermann Tournament.
Playing time for Wednesday’s “Crosstown Showdown” will be split between quarters, with the elementary staffs opening the first period, followed by the middle schools and high schools. Administrators will finish off the fourth.
Fowler said faculty members also plan to present a halftime show.
The Warrenton and Wright City student councils are conjointly hosting the event with both organizations benefitting from the fundraiser.
Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door.