With the regular spring sports season over or winding down for area teams, athletes are looking forward to district competition on the field and track.
For Verona, a historic baseball season has led to a number one seed in the Class 1 District 5 bracket. Finishing the regular season with an overall record of 11-2, the Wildcats have a first-round bye for the tournament and will face the winner of Bradleyville vs. Chadwick at 4 p.m. on Monday. With a win, the team would go on to the championship game at 5 on Tuesday.
Verona was 4-0 against possible district opponents this season.
The Wildcats closed out the regular season with six wins in a row, including a 14-0 victory over Wheaton last Thursday and a 6-5 win against Spokane on Tuesday.
On the track, Aurora boasts a pair conference champions after last Thursday's Big 8 meet in Mt. Vernon.
Aubrey Boatwright finished first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:32, and the 4x400-meter relay team of Logan Lauffer, Jess Williams, Dalton Thornton and Kohl Rohlman took home the gold, as well.
Other top finishes for the meet included the girls' 4x800-meter relay in third, the boys' 4x200-meter relay in second, Natalie Wallace with third place in the triple jump, the boys' 4x100-meter relay in second, Kaci Singer with third place in the 3200-meter run and Rohlman with sixth in the triple jump.
Athletes will have a shot at advancing toward the state meet this weekend, as the district meet takes place on Saturday.
Also in Aurora, district soccer will begin on Monday, as the Lady Houns are the fourth seed in Class 2 District 10. The team will face top-seeded Logan-Rogersville at 4 p.m. in Monett.
And rounding out this year's golf action for Aurora, Drew Shoemaker represented the Houn' Dawgs at the sectional meet in Carl Junction on Monday. Shoemaker finished the day with a score of 99.