The 20th annual Hy-Vee Shootout is set for Wednesday-Saturday at Avila University.
Here are five things to watch over the course of the four-day tournament:
Saving the best for last?
The fifth and final session of the Hy-Vee Shootout on Saturday is loaded with star power.
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It opens with Lee’s Summit taking on Shawnee Mission South at 4:30 p.m. Lee’s Summit wing Drew Lock led the Tigers to a second-place finish in the 15th annual Webster Classic last weekend. Lock has committed to Missouri to play quarterback, but he had a handful of Division I offers to play basketball, too.
A big-time matchup between Barstow and Lawrence will follow — but more on that later.
Raytown and Shawnee Mission East will meet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in a battle of some of the area’s top post players. SM East forward Lucas Jones led the Lancers with 14 points and 10 rebounds per game last season and has signed with Eastern Illinois. The 6-7 forward will battle with Raytown twin towers Derrick Walker and Jailen Gill.
That will precede an intriguing tournament conclusion between Blue Springs South and Blue Valley West. Blue Springs South is off to a quick 4-0 start. While the Jaguars rely heavily on Missouri signee Kevin Puryear, they proved last week they have a healthy supporting cast, too.
Three Kansas state champions will be on display at the Hy-Vee Shootout.
The Bishop Miege girls, who won the Class 4A Division I championship, only lost one player from last year. They face Kearney at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Leavenworth girls have a similar dynamic coming off a Class 5A state championship. The Pioneers return three Division I signees Tyler Johnson, Tashia Jones and Rachel Blackburn. They will play Blue Valley North at noon Saturday.
The Blue Valley Northwest boys have a much bigger challenge on their hands in replacing all five starters after back-to-back Class 6A championships. The Huskies will play Rockhurst at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Big Threes
The best boys game of the four-day event may be Barstow against Lawrence at 6 p.m. Saturday, a game featuring a pair of schools with state-championship hopes.
Barstow won the Shawnee Mission East Showdown last weekend. The Knights have a formidable “Big Three” with forward Jeriah Horne, point guard Jacob Gilyard and wing Shea Rush.
Lawrence is also coming off a tournament championship — it won the Blue Valley Shootout — and returns three players who averaged double figures last season in Justin Roberts, Anthony Bonner and John Barbee.
New faces on the sideline
After a two-year stint at Park Hill South, Rick Zych is back patrolling the sidelines at Bishop Miege, where he won 308 games and two state titles in 17 years. The Stags were 5-16 last year, but they are off to a 2-0 start and are already on top of the Class 4A Division I coaches poll. They will play Liberty at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Moses Wyatt took over a Sumner Academy program that has started 2-2 and will face Liberty North at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Kearney boys team has started 3-2 under new coach Zane Tanner, who coached West Platte to back-to-back 25-win seasons.
Spotlight girls matchup
The Olathe South girls will be playing without Sunflower League Player of the Year and Kansas signee Kylee Kopatich, who tore an ACL before the season. But don’t count out coach Steve Ingram and his Falcons.
He has taken them to the state tournament each of the last 10 years, including a 2010 state title. They placed third with a 22-3 record in Kansas Class 6A last year.
The Falcons will have their hands full with Missouri Class 5 defending state champion Rock Bridge, which has three Division I commits. They play at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Hy-vee Shootout schedule
At Avila University
Truman vs. Olathe Northwest girls, 4 p.m.
Kearney vs. Bishop Miege girls, 5:30 p.m.
Kearney vs. Washington boys, 7 p.m.
Raytown South vs. St. James Academy boys, 8:30 p.m.
Liberty vs. Bishop Miege boys, 4 p.m.
Columbia Rock Bridge vs. Olathe South girls, 5:30 p.m.
Columbia Rock Bridge vs. Olathe East boys, 7 p.m.
Liberty North vs. Sumner Academy boys, 8:30 p.m.
Lee’s Summit vs. St. Teresa’s Academy girls, 2:30 p.m.
LS North vs. McPherson girls, 4 p.m.
O’Hara vs. McPherson boys, 5:30 p.m.
LS West vs. St. Thomas Aquinas boys. 7 p.m.
Blue Springs vs St. Thomas Aquinas girls, 8:30 p.m.
Hogan Prep vs. SM West boys, 9 a.m.
Center vs. BV North boys, 10:30 a.m.
Leavenworth vs. BV North girls, noon
Rockhurst vs. BV Northwest boys, 1:30 p.m.
Lee’s Summit vs. SM South boys, 4:30 p.m.
Barstow vs. Lawrence boys, 6 p.m.
Raytown vs. SM East boys, 7:30 p.m.
Blue Springs South vs. BV West boys, 9 p.m.