The Shenandoah boys and girls basketball teams will play a game this season at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs.
Shenandoah’s Hawkeye 10 Conference doubleheader, Friday, Jan. 10 against Glenwood will be part of the annual MAC Shootout. The shootout has been played for several years with three days of games, but this is the first year Shenandoah will compete.
“This came about when the (conference) redrew the conference schedule for the upcoming year,” Shenandoah Activities Director Aaron Burdorf said. “With the new schedule, our games with Glenwood fell on the MAC weekend. They were willing to give up their home game and play our doubleheader at the MAC.”
Shenandoah will give up the home doubleheader with Glenwood on the same weekend next season and the plan is for Shenandoah and Glenwood to play this doubleheader at the MAC every year for the foreseeable future.
This season’s games are scheduled to tip at 7 and 8:30 p.m.
“I think the excitement is the biggest thing,” Fillies head coach Jon Weinrich said. “It will be a fun environment with a really, really good team to play against.”
“It gives (the kids) a chance to play in a really neat venue,” added Mustangs head coach Derek Howard, “that not a lot of high school kids get to play in and it maybe gives some exposure to our program. People in the Council Bluffs/Omaha area who may not ever get to see Shenandoah play, or even know who we are, will get a look at our basketball programs.”
Girls basketball practice started this week across the state while the boys will open the season next week. Both coaches said the kids are excited about the opportunity.
“This gives them something to look forward to,” said Howard, “and hopefully they get a great experience to take away from it.”
“The kids were excited,” added Weinrich. “Other teams have played (in this event) so it’s nice to be included.”
Burdorf added switching the location gives the kids and community an opportunity to experience a bigger venue and create a memorable experience.