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Girls basketball games are underway today for the 2019 Sonic Freedom Shootout. 

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An estimated 80 girls basketball teams will converge on Bolivar this weekend, with games held Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, across town for the 2019 Sonic Freedom Shootout. 

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With no time showing on the clock in the game’s fourth, first-to-score overtime period, Liberator basketball found itself tied up 34-34 with Willard at the 2019 Sonic Freedom Shootout blue bracket championship game, Thursday, May 30.

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For recently named Bolivar girls basketball coach Ben Glasgow, there’s an importance in understanding what drives his community. 

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At a Marion C. Early basketball game in the late 1950s, upperclassman Bob Lowery watched from across the court as coach Wayne Keltner talked with the officials and the opposing team’s coach. 

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Southwest Baptist University men’s basketball team was able to advance past the first round of the MIAA tournament in its final year in the MIAA, beating Lindenwood University 76-75 Wednesday, March 6, before falling to Washburn University 58-77 Thursday. 

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No. 1 district seed Nevada shot aggressively as the Lady Tigers downed Bolivar High School’s girls basketball team 58-33 in the Class 4 District 13 semifinal round Friday, March 1, in Pleasant Hill.

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For three minutes in the fourth quarter of Halfway’s Class 1 District 4 championship game against Chadwick, Friday, Feb. 22, it looked like the recently crowned Polk County League co-champions might just stage a comeback. 

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After leading by as much as 13 points Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Liberators’ 67-63 win over Pleasant Hill came down to the line.

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Bolivar’s girls basketball team won a hard fought game over Notre Dame de Sion 49-45 Monday, Feb. 25. The Lady Liberators will advance to the next round of the Class 4 District 13 tournament at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in Pleasant Hill against No. 1 seed Nevada.

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Bolivar’s girls and boys basketball teams will open district play in Pleasant Hill this week. Both enter seeded fourth.

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Halfway’s boys basketball team is second in Class 1 District 4 after the Cardinals lost to Chadwick 61-74 Friday, Feb. 22, in Marshfield.

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Polk County teams garnered top results at the Lakeland Tournament last weekend. Fair Play's boys finished second after losing to Lakeland 62-70 and Humansville's girls garnered third after beating Sheldon 48-26.

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Bolivar celebrated senior night with another defensive thriller Thursday night, Jan. 31. The Lady Liberators used a late push for a 38-34 win over visiting Marshfield during Bolivar's super night.

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Bolivar had No. 2-ranked Springfield Catholic on the ropes Thursday night, Jan. 31, but could not deliver the knock out blow again. The visiting Fightin' Irish pulled away late for a 62-54 road win during Bolivar's super night, which saw the Liberators and Lady Libs play six games in three gyms.

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Fair Play boys basketball moved to 5-0 in Polk County League play Tuesday night, Jan. 29. Fair Play won the annual battle of the Hornets, blasting visiting Hermitage 77-41.