By Eric Wade
It's official. The semifinals in the Missouri Class 4, District 7 tournament have been set.
Under head coach Wes Beachler, the Nevada Tigers were the first team to punch its ticket into the second round of the playoffs, beating eighth-seeded Warrensburg by a final score of 54-29 at Logan Field Thursday night. Since that was the only game in District 7 that was played Thursday night, the Tigers were forced to wait an extra day to find out who they will face Wednesday night in the tournament semifinals, but now, that wait is over.
The Tigers will face the Wildcats of Harrisonville High School Wednesday, at Logan Field, in the district semifinals. The Wildcats advanced Friday after beating Grandview by a final score of 49-12.
Beachler made it clear after Thursday night's win over Warrensburg that he didn't care who the Tigers would play in the second round of the playoffs and that they would simply prepare for whoever it happened to be in the same way they prepare for every game. For fans, however, the wait and anticipation have been almost painful.
Under head coach Chuck Lliteras, the Wildcats have made it to the Class 4 quarterfinals or further in each of the last three seasons.
In other Class 4, District 7 games, all of the higher-seeded teams won. Bolivar beat Grain Valley by a final score of 57-23 and Raytown South beat Pleasant Hill at home, 49-13, setting up exactly the matchups that could have been predicted based on the district seedings.