Verdigris returned home from the girls basketball Tournament of Champions with its unbeaten record intact.

But then, three other teams also emerged without a loss.

The ice storm that gripped Oklahoma on Friday froze out the final two rounds of the Tournament of Champions in McAlester.

No plans have been made for resumption of the tournament.

And, the weather continues to wreak havoc on the high school schedule, as classes were called off for Tuesday at schools throughout Rogers County.

Six Tuesday basketball doubleheaders were postponed.

Verdigris lost two games to the ice storm, Friday and Saturday, but did not have another game scheduled until Friday night when Nowata visits on Homecoming.

In Thursday’s opening round of the Tournament of Champions, Verdigris rolled over Morris, 60-31.

That pushed the Lady Cardinals into Friday night’s semifinals against Chouteau, a 55-47 winner over Edmond Memorial.

But by noon Friday, most of the seven visiting teams (McAlester was the eighth team in the field) were making their way out of town.

“I hate it for our kids,” Verdigris coach Gary Kennemer said Monday.

“It’s the first time that we’ve had a chance to go play in a tournament like the Tournament of Champions. Then, you get one game and it’s over, and you’re gone.

“The kids handled it well. They were disappointed, obviously. They wanted to play. But their thinking on the way home was, well, we did win our game.

“In a tournament like that, you’d like to stay and play it out and see what happens,” Kennemer said. “But it just didn’t happen that way.”

“Verdigris ran its record to 11-0 with its win over Morris.

In the most recent state rankings from Coaches Aid magazine, Verdigris is No. 3 in Class 3A, behind unbeatens Tahlequah Sequoyah and Adair. Chouteau is No. 7.

There was much anticipation of the Verdigris-Chouteau matchup.

Any chance of those two squaring off will probably have to wait for the playoffs next month.

Also winning their first-round games at the Tournament of Champions were McAlester (over Stillwater) and Del City (over Coweta).

“There’s a four-way tie for first,” Kennemer said with a laugh on Monday.

“We all get to hold the trophy for two weeks at a time.”

As Verdigris looks ahead to Nowata on Friday, the Homecoming activities will prompt a bit of a schedule change.

The Verdigris boys, at 10-3 and ranked No. 4 in Class 3A, will play the 6:30 p.m. game slot, and the girls will play at 8 p.m.

Elsewhere, Claremore had a date Skiatook iced out on Saturday, and will lose a game to the elements on Tuesday.

The Claremore girls, with a 6-2 record including a one-point loss to Union, are No. 1 in Class 5A, according to the Coaches Aid rankings.

Foyil was one of the hardest hit teams, as far as the schedule goes.

Both Foyil teams had games at the Beggs tournament iced out on Friday, then lost Monday and Tuesday games to the elements, as well. The Foyil schedule this week includes a Saturday game that was rescheduled from the early December snowstorm.

For most area schools, basketball should resume on Friday.


Claremore at Bixby, Nowata at Verdigris, Sequoyah at Sperry, Westville at Foyil.


Oologah at Skiatook, Foyil at Colcord, Catoosa at Owasso.