The Southwestern A Basketball tournament starts Thursday, February 14, in Butte. Plenty of Bitterroot Valley interest in the games, with Hamilton, Corvallis and Stevensville in the brackets. Two gyms are being used to play all the games - Butte High School and the Maroon Activities Center. For the girls, Corvallis and Butte Central won "byes" in the first round because of their win-loss record. The Hamilton Lady Broncs will play Frenchtown at 5 p.m. Thursday for their first game. The winner of that game will play Corvallis at 5 p.m. Friday. The Thursday loser will go to loser-out action Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Stevensville plays Dillon at 8 p.m. Thursday. The winner plays Friday at 8 p.m. against Butte Central. The Thursday loser goes to an 11 a.m. Saturday morning game.

For the boys, Hamilton and Butte Central have "byes" on the first day. Corvallis will play Frnechtown at 3:30 p.m. Thursday with the winner playing Hamilton at 3:30 p.m. Friday and the Thursday loser going to a 9:30 a.m. Saturday game. Stevensville plays Dillon at 6:30 p.m. with the winner going against Butte Central Friday at 6:30 p.m. and the Thursday loser into a 9:30 a.m. Saturday game. Only Four girls teams and four boys teams will advance to the Western A Divisionals, which will be in Hamilton on the weekend of February 21. KLYQ will have live play-by-play for as many Hamilton games as possible.