The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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December 21, 2012

Walnut Grove Classic begins with four games

WALNUT GROVE, Mo. — Four basketball games will be held today as play tips off in the 12-team boys division of the Walnut Grove Classic.

The schedule is Exeter vs. eighth-seeded Niangua at 4 p.m., Halfway vs. fifth-seeded Verona at 5:30, Pleasant Hope vs. No. 7 Hurley at 7 and Chadwick vs. sixth-seeded Walnut Grove at 8:30.

Play resumes next Thursday with the six-game session starting at noon.

Fair Play defeated Verona 48-42 in the 2011 final. Ash Grove, Fair Play, Marionville and Fordland are the top four seeds this season.

Girls first-round games on Saturday are School of the Ozarks vs. top-seeded Walnut Grove at 9 a.m., Miller vs. Galena (8) at 10:30, Billings vs. Southwest (4) at noon, Verona vs. Dora (5) at 1:30 p.m., Hurley vs. Pleasant Hope (2) at 3, Halfway vs. Spokane (7) at 4:30, Monett vs. Chadwick (3) at 6 and Exeter vs. Fordland (6) at 7:30.

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