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Meridian's Garret Meisenhelter will lead the third-seeded Hawks into the Macon County Tournament, which begins on Monday.

MAROA — The Central A&M boys basketball team plans to break a lot of new ground this year.

The Raiders can start by winning a tournament they've never won before — the Macon County Tournament. Central A&M has reached the championship game three times, including last season, but has never taken the title.

This year, the Raiders (1-0) are the top seed. They're coming off a sectional title and have the reigning Herald & Review Area Player of the Year in Connor Heaton returning for his junior season.

Defending champion St. Teresa (0-1) is the second seed despite graduating a large senior class. The Bulldogs will be led by Austin Fitzpatrick and Jack Hogan.

Third-seeded Meridian will have the advantage of having played in a Thanksgiving Tournament. The Hawks, led by Garrett Meisenhelter and Jacob Jones, are already 4-2 after their win against LSA on Tuesday.

Warrensburg-Latham, the fourth seed, is also 4-2 after playing in a Thanksgiving Tournament. The Cardinals are led by Jarius Ingram and Mitchell Leathers.

Cerro Gordo-Bement is the fifth seed, followed by Maroa at six, Argenta-Oreana at seven and Sangamon Valley at eight.

The tournament, which has been held since 1928, is being held this year at Maroa-Forsyth. Play begins Monday and Tuesday with the quarterfinals. Semifinals are on Thursday and the championship on Friday.

Either St. Teresa or Warrensburg-Latham have won eight of the last 11 tournaments.

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