The next William Chrisman-Truman game in high school boys basketball will be special.

The next William Chrisman-Truman game in high school boys basketball will be special.

The Noland Road rivals will meet for the 100th time next Dec. 18 at the Independence Events Center.

Truman holds a commanding 63-36 lead in the rivalry.

“I just wish the margin was closer,” Chrisman activities director Dan Ogle said.

Whether the 100th meeting will result in special ceremonies, etc., remains to be seen. I don’t think my idea of every fan receiving a $100 bill will be accepted.

The Truman and Chrisman have battled 75 times in girls basketball. Truman holds a big 55-20 edge.

By the way, earlier this season the Raytown and Raytown South boys clashed for the 101st time. South is the all-time 77-24 leader.

• The new Liberty North has filled another major coaching position with the announcement that Chris McCabe will be the new boys basketball coach.

For the past four years he has been an assistant coach at Liberty. He was at Johnson County (Kan.) Community College for one year prior to coming to Liberty. Previously, he was a student assistant at Kansas State.

Liberty North opens this fall with sophomores and juniors only and will be a member of the Suburban Small Six.

• Dave Denny coached the first cross country program at Lee’s Summit West. Now, he’s going to do the same at Avila University.

He also coached the sport at Lee’s Summit High School. He also was an assistant and then the head coach at Shawnee Mission (Kan.) South.

• Two basketball oddities: Odessa went scoreless in the second quarter but still defeated the Oak Grove girls 39-32. And the North Kansas City girls overcame 8-of-25 free-throw shooting for a 45-44 victory over Raytown that clinched the Suburban Middle Six title.

• Five of the seven Lee’s Summit North boys basketball losses have been by a combined total of 10 points and each on the final possession.
 

• The Hearnes Center in Columbia again is going to play host to basketball.

The Missouri State High School Activities Association announced Hearnes will host the Class 1 boys and girls and Class 2 boys state semifinal basketball games on March 18. The other semifinals and third-place and championship games will be at Mizzou Arena across the parking lot.

By using Hearnes, there will be no early-morning or late-night games.

For the first time, the Class 4 and 5 state tournaments will be spread over three days, March 11-13.

• Finally, I wonder what the weather will be like Monday on the opening day of spring sports practice. Baseball fields likely will be unplayable because of all the snow, ice, and cold.