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'Tis the season for prep holiday tournaments

December 27, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

The holiday menu of prep basketball tournaments continues to grow between Christmas and New Year's.

Boys and girls teams from the Tri-State will be involved in 21 tournaments, along with the Two Town Showdown mixer at North Hagerstown.

· Boys action begins tonight in the Richard E. Doub Classic at Williamsport, The Great Tri-State Shootout at Berkeley Springs, the Lions Tournament at Gettysburg, the Catoctin Holiday Tournament, the Engle Tournament at Middletown and the Damascus Holiday Tournament. Consolation and championship games are slated for Tuesday.

Hedgesville is scheduled to meet Olympia (Fla.) this morning in the opening round of the Jim Clark Classic in Orlando, Fla., with subsequent games Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Tuesday also brings the opening round of the Martinsburg Holiday Tournament, the James Buchanan Christmas Tournament, the Holiday meet at Frederick Community College and the Snowball Classic at Southern Garrett. All have consolation and championship games set for Wednesday.

The Two Town Showdown kicks off with Fort Hill going against South Hagerstown and North meeting Allegany on Tuesday. On Wednesday, South plays Allegany and North takes on Fort Hill.

At Williamsport, there will be a new champion this season. Frederick Douglass won last year but is not on hand to repeat. Boonsboro plays Greencastle and Williamsport takes on Beall.

Clear Spring will defend its title at the Tri-State Shootout, opening today against Hancock while Berkeley Springs takes on Southern Fulton. Also today, Chambersburg heads to Gettysburg to take on the host Warriors, while Catoctin goes against Maryland School for the Deaf in its own tournament, which includes defending champion Liberty. At Middletown, defending champion Brunswick tackles Heritage (Va.) in the second game and Middletown goes against Glenelg in the opener. Jefferson heads to Damascus to meet the host team in the opener there, which also includes Wheaton and Urbana.

At Martinsburg Tuesday, the host Bulldogs will take on Thomas Johnson at 8:30 after St. Maria Goretti opens the tourney against Theodore Roosevelt, out of the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association. Smithsburg and James Buchanan meet in the nightcap of the JB tournament, while Walkersville returns to defend its title at Frederick Community College against Meade. Frederick meets Eastern Vo-Tech in the nightcap. Tuscarora travels to the Poolesville Tournament and meets the hosts in the opening round. At Southern Garrett, where Linganore is the defending champion, St. John's at Prospect Hall meets McDonough.

· Girls basketball action begins this afternoon with the Doub Classic at Williamsport, as Boonsboro and North tip off at 1, followed by Beall going against Williamsport at 3. Beall is the defending champion. The consolation and championship games will be played Tuesday at the same times.

Also tonight, the Pap Draper Classic at Smithsburg gets under way as St. Maria Goretti goes against Fort Hill and Smithsburg entertains Elizabeth Seton from Baltimore.

Thomas Johnson, which won last year at Park View, Va., hosts its own tourney this year and meets Francis Scott Key after Hedgesville plays Northwestern-PG. At Walkersville, the defending champion Lions meet Poly after Urbana and Glenelg play in the opener. Greencastle takes on Cardinal Brennan and Waynesboro goes against Biglerville at Biglerville. Catoctin meets Westminster in the second game of Westminster's tournament.

While the consolation and championships in those tournaments are played Tuesday, others open, including the James Buchanan Holiday gathering where JB meets Brandywine Heights following the opener between James Wood (Va.) and Susquehanna Township. At the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, host of the Carol Smith Brunswick Tournament, defending champion St. John's at Prospect Hall meets Middletown before Frederick battles Brunswick in the second game. In Huntington, W.Va., Martinsburg goes against host Huntington, while at Woodlawn, Tuscarora meets Walter Johnson.

· Prep wrestling gets into the act Wednesday and Thursday when Smithsburg hosts Catoctin, Tuscarora and a host of other schools in the Smithsburg Invitational. Martinsburg and Hedgesville are in the field at the Wheeling (W.Va.) Duals, while Williamsport and Jefferson will both wrestle at the Damascus Tournament. Waynesboro is in the Conestoga Valley Tournament, while Chambersburg heads to the Jim Thorpe Tournament on Thursday.

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