Tourneys are gifts of holiday

December 23, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE |

HAGERSTOWN — The annual ritual of holiday basketball tournaments — which feature games that don’t count in some states when it comes to tournament seeding — are just around the corner.

The newest extravaganza in Washington County will keep North Hagerstown’s gymnasium lights burning for several hours on Tuesday and Wednesday as the Hubs host a boys eight-team mixer.

Four games will be played each day. Tuesday’s opener at 2 p.m. pits Middletown against Smithsburg, followed by St. Maria Goretti against Brunswick, South Hagerstown against South River and North Hagerstown against Loudoun County (Va.).

Brunswick faces Loudoun County in Wednesday’s opener, followed by Smithsburg playing Goretti, Middletown squaring off with South Hagerstown and South River meeting North Hagerstown.

Holiday action begins on Monday at the Berkeley Springs Great Tri-State Shootout with a boys’ doubleheader. Clear Spring meets Hancock at 6 followed by a Berkeley Springs-Southern Fulton battle.

Grace Academy heads to  Western Maryland to do battle in the Fort Hill Classic against the host Sentinels.

On the girls side, South Hagerstown hosts a holiday tournament that pits Hedgesville and Northern Garrett in the opener at 5 before South faces Albert Einstein, a team the Rebels defeated in the Maryland playoffs last year. Consolation and championship games will be played on Tuesday.

The traditional Richard E. Doub Classic gets underway Tuesday with boys’ and girls’ doubleheaders.

Allegany and Washington tangle at 1 with host Williamsport meeting Northern Garrett at 3 in the girls’ event.

In the boys’ division, Broadfording Christian Academy will lock horns with Greencastle at 5 and unbeaten Williamsport will follow with a 7 p.m. battle against Mountain Ridge.

Also on Tuesday, Boonsboro’s girls travel to the Everett Holiday Tournament to meet Northern Bedford at 6.

The Pap Draper Classic at Smithsburg opens with Jefferson meeting Goretti at 6, followed by Smithsburg’s girls playing Tuscarora. The consolation and championship games are set for Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, Broadfording Christian meets Southern Fulton at 6 and Clear Spring meets Hancock at 8 in the girls Hancock Holiday Classic.

At the Everett Tournament, Boonsboro’s boys will go against host Everett in the first round.

On the mats, Smithsburg will host it own invitational at 10 a.m. on Tuesday while Williamsport competes at Damascus on Monday and Tuesday.

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