Mother Nature has helped alter the McCook High School boys and girls basketball schedules.
The Bison were scheduled to host Phillipsburg, Kan. Thursday, Dec. 20, in junior varsity and varsity games. But the winter storm that hit Nebraska and Kansas one day earlier caused cancellation of classes at both schools Thursday, and therefore Thursday's games have been called off.
McCook Schools activities director Darin Nichols said the postponed games may be rescheduled later this season.
NEXT ACTION for the Bison varsity teams is Thursday, Dec. 27 at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament in Columbus.
The McCook teams are each seeded second in their respective divisions in the GNAC meet.
Bison fans can enjoy a double-header with the McCook girls and boys playing back-to-back first-round games Dec. 27 at the Raider Fieldhouse on the Central Community College campus located just north of Columbus.
The McCook girls (6-1) will face seventh-seed Hastings (0-5) Thursday, Dec. 27, at 5:30 p.m. Win or lose, the Bison girls will play again Friday, Dec. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in either the championship or consolation semifinals.
The Bison boys (5-1) will meet seventh-seed Lexington (2-3) Thursday, Dec. 27 at 7:15 p.m. McCook will play again Friday, Dec. 28, at 7:15 p.m. in the championship or consolation semifinals, depending on the outcome of Thursday's game vs. Lex.
THE GNAC Tournament finals are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 29, with the girls championship game at 1:30 p.m. at the Columbus Senior High School gym, followed by the boys title game at 3:15 p.m.
Defending Class B state champion Scottsbluff (7-0) is the top seed in the boys division. Class A Norfolk (4-2) is the top seed in the girls division.