DEXTER -- After a hugely successful girls basketball shootout a month ago, the Bearcat Event Center in Dexter is gearing up for the boys version of the 2010 Rib City Shootout on Friday.
After a weekend full of coaching as well as making sure things ran smoothly during the girls weekend, shootout director and Dexter girls coach Chad Allen will still be streamlining efficiency, but will also be looking to take in some of the action that the 29 varsity and junior varsity teams are sure to put together.
"We've got some really good teams coming in," Allen said. "It should be a great shootout for the boys. I'm looking forward to just getting able to watch most of it this weekend."
There will be 19 varsity teams on hand as well as 10 junior varsity squads. Sikeston, Dexter, New Madrid County Central and Richland as well as Bernie, Bloomfield and Leopold will bring some of the local flavor to the mix.
Arcadia Valley, who fell to the Kennett Indians in the Class 3, Sectional 1 game which ended their undefeated season at 28-1 last season, will also be in attendance as will be West Plains, Clarkton and Ste. Genevieve.
The set up of the boys weekend will be the exact same as the previous girls weekend. There will be four different games on four different courts at both the Bearcat Event Center and the high school gym.
The first games will start at 9 a.m. on Friday and end at 7:30 p.m. The action will pick back up Saturday at 9:15 a.m. and will have a short break after the 11:30 a.m. games conclude. The above mentioned block of games will serve as a round-robin format that will set up the bracket style at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday.
"It's a similar situation like we had with the girls," Allen said. "We didn't have any problems at all at the girls shootout so, we're hoping for the same with the boys.
"Which shouldn't be a problem because we have a lot of good volunteers which makes for a great shootout."
Allen received much praise for the girls weekend, which was the first-ever shootout of it's kind.
"A lot of the coaches came up to me and they had nothing but praises about it," Allen said. "Overall, we had a lot of positive feedback from the coaches saying that they were going to come back and tell others around their area about it."
With the talent that the SEMO region usually produces year in and year out as well as the strong competition drawn from other regions, Allen sees no reason why the Rib City Shootout could not grow into one of the biggest and best shootouts in the off-season.
"I really think it's going to grow," said Allen. "I think it has the potential to be one of the best in the midwest."
For more information about the event, visit www.ribcityshootout.com.