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Sikeston to play for virtual national championship

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

MCLEAN, Va. -- The Sikeston Bulldogs will have a chance to add to their trophy case after completing a perfect 30-0 season.

The Bulldogs have been chosen to compete in the 2nd Annual Massey Virtual National Championship tournament on highschoolsports.net.

Gannett's HighSchoolSports.net and USA TODAY will kick off the annual 'Massey Virtual National Championship' in April. USA TODAY editors will seed the teams in the championship bracket, where they will then face off in computer-simulated matchups, programmed by mathematician Ken Massey. Massey's computer models were used to create the BCS rankings for college football in 1999.

The boys and girls basketball championship will include 64 high school basketball teams, consisting of 50 state championship teams and 14 at-large teams chosen by USA TODAY. HighSchoolSports.net will post the brackets on March 31, and the winner will be announced at noon on April 12.

Sikeston has earned an opportunity to compete in this unique national title competition. HighSchoolSports.net will present the 2010-2011 championship trophy to the winning school in early April.

"I think that it's only fair to crown a national champion, and with our unique ability using the Massey algorithm we feel that we can offer the most accurate and justified national champion, although the debate will rage on, just as the BCS rankings do in college," said Jeff Mucci, Product Director at HighSchoolSports.net.

USA TODAY Sports editors will seed the brackets, initially drawing from 50 state champions and 14 other "at large" picks. Massey's simulations will then determine winners for each round. Massey is professor of mathematics at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn.

This year, HighSchoolSports.net will allow the fans to vote on the 'Massey People's Champion' throughout April. The team with the most votes will receive $250 towards their athletic department as well as the Massey People's Champ trophy.