The Hillsboro Trojans will be the No. 1 seed as they go after their sixth Trojan Classic title in the eight-year history of the hometown hoops tournament.
Seeding for the eight-team event was based on won-loss records through Jan. 4. The Trojans will take the court at 7-0 against the eighth-seeded Inman Teutons (4-4) for a 7:30 p.m. game Monday.
Marion (5-4), seeded sixth, will open at 6 p.m., Tuesday, against No. 3 Medicine Lodge.
This year’s field looks strong with a combined won-loss record of 47-19 and no team playing under .500.
Hillsboro coach Darrel Knoll expects Medicine Lodge and Belleville to be the strongest contenders. Both are potential candidates for state tournament appearances at season’s end, he said.
Thomas Moore Prep, a Class 4A school, comes in at No. 4 with a 5-2 record and would play the Trojans in the semifinals if both teams get through the opening round.
The biggest unknown is Sunrise Academy, who comes in at the No. 5 seed with an impressive 12-3 record but has played mostly small, private schools this season.
Knoll said the dark horse in the tournament may be Smoky Valley, who comes in at 4-4 and has been up-and-down this season after returning their starters from a year ago.
The tournament is sponsored by the Trojan Booster Club.