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The Hogg Run: 'Tis the (hoops) season to be jolly

Cayle Hovland and Willmar defeated Zimmerman in the Section 5AAA final a year ago. The two teams meet on Jan. 26 in Willmar. Curt Hogg / Tribune1 / 5
Hannah Johnson (left) and Willmar defeated Zimmerman in the Section 5AAA final a year ago. The two teams meet on Jan. 26 in Willmar. Curt Hogg / Tribune2 / 5
Hannah Johnson (center) and Willmar defeated Zimmerman in the Section 5AAA final a year ago. The two teams meet on Jan. 26 in Willmar. Curt Hogg / Tribune3 / 5
Morris/Chokio-Alberta and New London-Spicer, which met in the Section 3AA sub-section final in March 2017, will play again on the hardwood on Feb. 10 in New London. Curt Hogg / Tribune4 / 5
Morris/Chokio-Alberta and New London-Spicer, which met in the Section 3AA sub-section final in March 2017, will play again on the hardwood on Feb. 10 in New London. Curt Hogg / Tribune5 / 5

You have almost surely heard of the 12 days of Christmas.

The four calling birds and those 10 lords a-leaping? Yeah, we've traded those in for Shea Oman fast breaks and Carter Henry dunks.

With the prep basketball regular season kicking off this week for both area boys and girls teams, let's look forward to the 70 days of hoops.

The optimism for a fresh season must have rubbed off a bit over here at Tribune Sports. To celebrate, in my opinion, one of the best seasons of the athletic season, I pored over the schedules for all local teams in a quest to determine the most intriguing matchup for each day of the hoops year. Each local team is included at least once, with the Willmar girls team leading the way with eight appearances on the schedule.

So, when it's the middle of February and the weather is bleak and you're looking for something to do, look no further. There's a good local prep basketball game not too far away—and the work of picking which game to see has already been done for you.

November

30- Girls: New London-Spicer at Eden Valley-Watkins

December

1- Girls: Benson Case IH Tournament with Morris/C-A, MACCRAY and Benson

2- Boys: Dawson-Boyd at Southwest Minnesota Christian

4- Girls: Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart at Sleepy-Eye St. Mary's

5- Girls: Becker at Willmar

7- Girls: Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Osakis

8- Boys: Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Morris/C-A

9- Girls: Lac qui Parle Valley girls vs. Mountain Iron-Buhl at Breakdown Invitational in Minnetonka

11- Boys: Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop at BLHS

12- Girls: NLS at Watertown-Mayer

14- Girls: NLS at Sauk Centre

15- Boys: Melrose at NLS

16- Girls: Morris/C-A at LQPV

18- Boys: Canby at Yellow Medicine East

19- Boys: Minnewaska at Sauk Centre

21- Girls: Paynesville at Long Prairie-Gray Eagle

22- Boys: Morris/C-A at BOLD

27- Girls: WildCard Tournament featuring Willmar and NLS

28- Girls: WildCard Tournament, Day Two

29- Boys: Bremer Bank Holiday Classic (LQPV, MACCRAY, BOLD, NLS, BBE, Central Minnesota Christian & Willmar)

30- Boys: Bremer Classic Day Two

January

2- Girls: Willmar at Hutchinson

4- Girls: MACCRAY at YME

5- Girls: BBE at Sauk Centre

6- Boys: Minnewaska vs. Osakis at Target Center

8- Girls: Wheaton/Herman-Norcross at LQPV

9- Boys: Fergus Falls at Willmar

11- Girls: Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at BLHS

12- Girls: LQPV at Tracy-Milroy-Balaton

13- Boys & Girls: Hancock vs. Renville County West at Target Center

15- Boys: BOLD at Minnewaska

16- Girls: Annandale at Litchfield

18- Girls: Kimball at BBE

19- Boys: BBE at Paynesville

20- Girls: Willmar at Big Lake

22- Girls: Dawson-Boyd at Hancock

23- Girls: Alexandria at Willmar

25- Boys: Dawson-Boyd at MACCRAY

26- Girls: Zimmerman at Willmar

29- Boys: BLHS at KMS

30- Girls: Morris/C-A at Sauk Centre

February

1- Girls: Benson at Redwood Valley

2- Girls: Annandale at NLS

3- Boys: CMCS at Hancock

5- Boys: St. Cloud Tech at Willmar

8- Boys: Benson at ACGC

9- Girls: BOLD at ACGC

10- Boys: Morris/C-A at NLS

12- Boys: Hancock at Dawson-Boyd

13- Boys: Annandale at Litchfield

15- Boys: Dawson-Boyd at LQPV

16- Boys: Marshall at Willmar

17- Girls: Litchfield at Minnewaska

19- Girls: Camden Conference Championship (LQPV/DB/MACCRAY/CMCS/KMS/RCW)

20- Girls: Montevideo at Minnewaska

22- Boys: Wabasso at KMS

23- Boys: Watertown-Mayer at NLS

24- Girls: 3AA sub-section quarterfinals (Morris/NLS/Benson/Minnewaska/Montevideo/ACGC/Litchfield/Paynesville)

26- Boys: Morris/C-A at Montevideo

27- Girls: Section 5AAA quarterfinals (Willmar)

March

2- Girls: 2A sub-section semifinals (BLHS/CMCS/BOLD/RCW)

3- Girls: 5A sub-section semifinals (BBE/KMS)

5- Boys: 2A sub-section quarterfinals (BOLD)

6- Girls: 3AA sub-section finals

8- Girls: Section 5AAA final

9- Girls: Section 3A, 3AA finals at Southwest Minnesota State

10- Boys: 3A, 3AA sub-section finals at Southwest Minnesota State (CMCS/D-B/KMS/LQPV/MACCRAY/YME/RCW and Morris/ACGC/Benson/NLS/Minnewaska/Montevideo/Paynesville)

12- Boys: 2A sub-section finals

15- Boys: Section 3A, 3AA finals at Southwest Minnesota State

16- Boys: Section 5A/5AA finals (BBE, Litchfield)

Curt Hogg

Curt Hogg is a sports reporter at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016. 

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