The madness has reached McMinnville a month early.
The most anticipated brackets locally aren't for March Madness. The brackets on everybody's minds arrived Friday when the 5-6 grade elementary basketball season completed.
At the culmination of 20 games this week at Warren County Middle School, two champions will emerge.
The two teams playing on their home court enter the postseason as the heavy favorites.
Both WCMS teams enter the tournament after going 8-0 in the regular season. The Pioneers and Lady Pioneers also have proven their skills in tourney play, winning the preseason 5-6 grade tournament held at Morrison Elementary School.
Both teams will have to wait until Thursday to take the court, but action will get started much sooner.
Four games are on the slate Monday and Tuesday nights, where teams either advance or see their seasons end.
Postseason play begins with the Bobby Ray Lady Stars taking on the Irving College Lady Tigers at 4 p.m. The second girls game of the night is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and features the West Elementary Lady Wizards matching up against the Hickory Creek Lady Hawks.
In Monday's boys action, the Bobby Ray Stars face the Irving College Tigers (5:15 p.m.) and the West Elementary Wizards face off against the Dibrell Wildcats (7:45 p.m.).
Tuesday's action begins with a clash between the Morrison Lady Eagles, who slipped to a No. 2 seed after a 30-12 loss Friday to Centertown, and the Boyd Lady Broncos. Boyd (5-3) finished in a tie with Dibrell for second place in its division, but a coin toss dropped the Lady Broncos to the third seed.
Tuesday's first game begins at 4 p.m. and is followed by the Morrison Eagles facing the Hickory Creek Hawks (5:15 p.m.), the Eastside Lady Bulldogs squaring off against the Dibrell Lady Wildcats (6:30 p.m.) and the Eastside Bulldogs versus the Boyd Broncos (7:45 p.m.).
After completing an 8-0 regular season, the Centertown Warriors earned a bye into the semifinals. The Warriors await the winner of Monday's Wizards-Wildcats matchup. The Warriors will face the winner at 7:45 p.m. Thursday.
The Centertown Lady Warriors also earned a bye and will play Thursday at 6 p.m. The Centertown girls will face the winner of Monday's matchup between the Lady Wizards and Lady Hawks.