IF THE HAT FITS: The chase for the gold ball begins

Feb. 3—Here. We. Go.

The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association released its Class A-B basketball playoff brackets this week, cementing the road to the Big House for all small school teams.

And this is the honest truth: I was going around the office singing an altered version of "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year."

The postseason is always so much fun in any sport. And in Oklahoma, the basketball playoffs are a highlight for many schools across the state.

Here locally, we have nine schools — 18 teams — that will begin their playoff journey next week. The larger classes will soon follow, and let's not forget wrestling regionals and state also adding to the mix this month.

Because of this, it's one of the busiest times of year for me. I'll be doing everything in my power to bring you all the updates, scores, and recaps that I can. I'll also have Madalyn Nix on board helping me this year as well, with our combined powers helping turn playoff coverage up yet another notch.

For the next month, myself, teams, and fans, will be living life out on the road. It's survive and advance, so some teams will be seeing their seasons come to an end while others continue to chase glory.

We've seen a lot of success in the area for many years, and my years at the MNC have been no different. There have been multiple state titles, runner-up finishes, thrilling victories, underdog stories, and so much more.

I can't wait to see what the 2024 playoff season has in store. To our area teams, I'm wishing you all the best of luck. Your hard work to this point has already made you schools and communities proud, and I know they'll be behind you every step of the way.

And if you see myself and Madalyn out and about, don't be afraid to tell us hello — and we wouldn't say no to a coffee or energy drink being handed our way either.

In all seriousness, this truly is one of my favorite times of the year. So here's to a successful playoff run, and maybe — with hard work and a little bit of postseason magic — we'll see another gold ball be brought back to southeast Oklahoma.

We'll see you all out at the gym.