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The Hillsboro Trojans will find themselves in the unusual position of being a lower seed when they open play in the Trojan Classic on Monday night.
The eight-team field was seeded according to season records through Jan. 5. HHS, with a 3-4 mark, is seeded sixth and will play third-seeded Marion (6-3) at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
The Trojans defeated the Warriors 65-41 in the season opener for both teams.
The Inman Teutons, with a 6-1 record, was picked as the tournament’s top seed over Sunrise Academy in Wichita despite the Buffaloes’ 11-0 record. According to James Thomas, tournament director, Sunrise officials asked not to be seeded first because of their softer schedule.
The remaining seeds are the Smoky Valley Vikings, fourth with a 4-4 mark; the Thomas Moore Prep Monarchs, fifth at 3-4; the Belleville Buffaloes, seventh at 2-4; and the Belle Plaine Dragons, eighth at 0-7.
In addition to the games, the tournament will feature nightly basketball exhibitions from grade-school participants in the Hillsboro JAM program and performances by Vicky’s School of Dance on Friday and Saturday nights.
To help raise money for the Trojan Booster Club, one lucky fan will receive an adjustable Powerdunk basketball goal built and donated by Donovan Funk of Hillsboro.