Seymour is the top seed in The Seymour Bank Winter Classic, an eight-team boys’ basketball tournament played next week at the Seymour High School gymnasium.

There is a full field of eight schools in the varsity tournament, while four schools compete in a round-robin event for junior-varsity squads.

Seymour’s varsity will open tourney play at 5:30 p.m. next Monday against eighth-seeded Dora, a Class 2 district opponent.

Tournament seeds are: 1. Seymour, 2. Mountain Grove, 3. Chadwick, 4. Springfield Lighthouse Christian, 5. Bradleyville, 6. Bakersfield, 7. Theodosia-Lutie, 8. Dora.

Bakersfield and Dora are new to the tourney.

They replace Cabool and Mountain View Liberty.

In the junior-varsity tournament, there are four teams that will compete in a round-robin format.

Jayvee squads include Bakersfield, Dora, Mountain Grove and Seymour.

Seymour opens tourney play at 4 p.m. next Monday afternoon against Dora’s junior varsity.

The Seymour varsity game against Dora follows.

Admission is free to both Seymour games on Monday for fans who wear Tiger gear, Superintendent Steve Richards said, as the Seymour R-II School District is unveiling its new east-entrance renovation to the public.

Games at The Seymour Bank Winter Classic will be played on five days — next Monday and Tuesday, Thursday, Jan. 6, Friday, Jan. 7, and Saturday, Jan. 8.

The jayvee tourney concludes on Friday, Jan. 7.

Final-round action on Saturday, Jan. 8, begins at 1 p.m. with the varsity’s seventh-place contest, followed by the fifth-place game at 2:30 p.m. The third-place varsity game is at 4 p.m., with the tourney’s championship contest slated for 5:30 p.m.

Complete tournament brackets are available at no charge upon request at the Webster County Citizen office, located on the west side of the Seymour square.

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