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.
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.