The Kaysinger Conference boys and girls tournament champions received more good news Saturday.
The Sacred Heart boys and Tipton girls were named the No. 1 seeds for their upcoming district tournaments.
The Gremlins (21-0 through Monday) lead Class 2, District 14 at Crest Ridge near Centerview, and the Cardinals (15-8) are on top of Class 2, District 8 at Russellville.
Kaysinger girls tournament runner-up, Windsor, was named the No. 1 seed in Class 2, District 14.
The Gremlins, ranked No. 2 in Class 2, will likely see their biggest challenge from second-seeded Sweet Springs (15-6) but must beat La Monte (6-15) in the first round and Concordia (11-13) or Windsor (9-10) in the semifinals for that matchup to happen.
Windsor’s girls (15-6) have proven to be beatable this season, losing a Kaysinger regular-season matchup to Cole Camp and to Tipton in the conference tournament title game. However, the Greyhounds will be going for their third straight district title. Their road to the title won’t be an easy one. After opening against Green Ridge (3-19), they would meet either Sweet Springs (12-10) or Sacred Heart (12-9) in the semifinals with Santa Fe (13-12) and Crest Ridge (11-11) likely coming from the bottom of the bracket.
Class 2, District 8 could come down to a Kaysinger Conference matchup in the title game. The No. 2 Cole Camp girls (15-8) appear to have the best chance of beating Tipton. No. 3 New Bloomfield (11-10), No. 4 Russellville (11-13) and No. 5 Stover (4-9) could pull off an upset or two.
Here’s a brief look at each of the districts involving teams from the Democrat’s coverage area.
Class 1, District 8 boys
Pilot Grove (20-5) sits atop the district bracket, and the tournament will be played at Northwest High School in Hughesville. The Tigers will open against No. 8 Calhoun (1-15) . No. 4 Northwest (7-14) will take on No. 5 Otterville (9-15) in the first round.
Class 1, District 8 girls
Again, Pilot Grove (17-7) is the top seed and will meet No. 8 Calhoun (1-15) in first round. In other first-round matchups, No. 3 Otterville (8-17) will face No. 6 Kingsville (7-13), and No. 4 Northwest (6-15) will take on No. 5 Leeton (9-14).
Class 2, District 8 boys
Linn (13-10) is the top seed, its first-round opponent will be No. 8 Russellville (3-18), the host school. No. 2 Tipton (15-5) will meet No. 7 Stover (8-14) in the opening round, No. 3 Smithton (18-3) opens against No. 6 New Bloomfield (7-12), and No. 5 Cole Camp (9-14) will face No. 4 Belle (12-10).
Class 2, District 13 boys
Tournament host Osceola (23-0) is the No. 1 seed. Lincoln (2-17), the No. 8 seed, will open against Osceola.
Class 2, District 13 girls
Third-ranked Skyline (19-5) leads the tournament field and will face eighth-seeded Lincoln (1-20) in the first round.
Class 3, District 13 boys
Lamar (16-4) is the top seed for the tournament at Stockton. Warsaw (13-11) is seeded second and will open against No. 7 Sherwood (5-16).
Class 3, District 13 girls
El Dorado Springs (20-3) is the No. 1 seed and will meet No. 8 Warsaw (2-20) in the opening round.
Class 3, District 14 boys
The Knob Noster Panthers (21-2) are the second seed. Higginsville (21-1) received the top seed and is the only team to beat the Panthers this season. The Panthers will open against Lexington.
Class 3, District 14 girls
The Knob Noster Lady Panthers (1-22) drew the No. 8 seed and will face top-seeded Higginsville (21-2) in the first round.