(Kenny Felt/Exclusive to the Tribune)
The scrimmages themselves were informal. Though there were officials working, they were played with running clocks over periods of 10 to 15 minutes, depending on which unit was out on the floor.
The wrestling team didn't conduct a scrimmage -- basically, every practice is a scrimmage -- but were introduced to the crowd between the girls' and boys' scrimmages. The cheerleaders were also introduced and the dance team performed.
The girls' team scrimmaged first, starting out with 15 minutes of play with varsity and upper-junior varsity players. Then they went 10 minutes with mostly the JV and finished up with 15 more minutes from the varsity/JV.
Twelve players scored in the varsity/JV scrimmages. Ashley Cook, a freshman, made a pair of 3-point shots in the second V-JV session and had 8 points. Sidney Maycumber, one of the Tigers' four seniors, had 6 points.
Elisha Hasenplaugh scored 6 points in the JV scrimmage and had another bucket in the V-JV session. Ericah Shoemaker, who played extensively in each session, had 4 points in JV play and another pair in the varsity portion. Abby Denton also scored 4 points in the JV session.
The boys' scrimmages saw the varsity and top JV players conduct three 10-minute sessions and the younger players playing one 10-minute period and a 6-minute period, alternating with the varsity going first.
Senior Johnathan Stark finished with an unofficial count of 17 points with Austin Sather and Jack Olin each adding 9 and Jash Pytlowany and Kaleb DeLaTorre adding 8 each. Thirteen players scored at least two points in the V-JV scrimmages.
Rarely does defense get noted in scrimmages but Olin, a 6' 11" junior, showed that he can alter shots, even if he might not get a hand on all of them.
As far as the younger players go, Tucker Horn scored 8 points in the strictly-JV session and added another 5 in the varsity-JV scrimmage for good measure. Benjamin Labbe had 6 points in the JV session while five others scored 4 points -- Wyatt Reehl, Ryan Harper, A.J. Smith and Drew Martin.
Although some freshmen played in both the girls' and boys' scrimmages, most of the other freshmen were held out but were introduced to the audience.
Basketball season begins Thursday with Fort Scott's annual appearance at the Willard (Mo.) Four-State Classic. FSHS is the only school other than the hosts to play in every edition of the tournament, which began in 1988. Willard will be the opponent Thursday night.
Wrestling season begins Saturday morning with the annual Fort Scott Dual Tournament. Action in the six-team tournament begins at 9 a.m.