‘Tis the sea­son

Lo­cal teams pre­pare for hol­i­day tour­na­ments

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

The Lackey boys bas­ket­ball team has a lot to be thank­ful for this hol- iday sea­son, boast­ing a 6-0 record into the break, and it may be gifted a lit­tle more dur­ing the hol­i­day tour­na­ment sea­son.

Now the Charg­ers, like many other South­ern Mary­land squads are gear­ing to com­pete in a hol­i­day tour­na­ment fol- low­ing Christ­mas.

Be­gin­ning as early as Mon­day, South­ern Mary- land var­sity bas­ket­ball teams will be com­pet­ing in hol­i­day tour­na­ments with a chance to im­prove on their early sea­son tri- umphs or short­com­ings.

Lackey is sched­uled to play at 6:15 p.m. on Dec. 28 ver­sus Chop­ti­con, which is host­ing the Toy- ota of South­ern Mary­land Hol­i­day Clas­sic — a two­day event that will fea­ture boys and girls teams.

“We are happy right now about be­ing 6-0, and we have a test com­ing up to win a hol­i­day tourna- ment,” said Lackey head boys head coach Sean Fox. “Af­ter Christ­mas we still have to face some stiff teams on the other side of our con­fer­ence.”

The Leonard­town girls open up at 1 p.m. ver­sus Lackey and at 2:30 the Great Mills boys take on King Ge­orge (Va.). The Chop­ti­con girls play King Ge­orge at 4:30 p.m.

On Dec. 29, the boys and girls con­so­la­tion games will take place at 1 p.m. and 2:45 re­spec­tively, while the boys and girls cham­pi­onship games is sched­uled for 4:30 and 6:15 p.m.

“It is great to be able to host and have an out­stand­ing sponsor like Toy­ota of South­ern Mary­land. They made it pos­si­ble” said Chop­ti­con head girls coach Joe Cook, whose team is 4-1 on the sea­son. “Against North Point we saw some things that we needed to work on. There are other teams in SMAC that will give us fits in­clud­ing Great Mills and Hunt­ing­town, so we have to get bet­ter.”

The an­nual Wal­dorf Hol­i­day Hoops Clas­sic kicks off its two-day af­fair on Dec. 28 with the boys and girls play­ing at two dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions, North Point and West­lake.

In open­ing day ac­tion at West­lake, Calvert’s girls takes on McDonough at 1 p.m., the St. Charles boys and Maine-Endwell (N.Y.) tip off at 2:45 p.m., West- lake girls fave off ver­sus Chan­cel­lor (Va.) at 4:30 and the West­lake boys are sched­uled to take on Mont­gomery County’s Gaithers­burg at 6.

Over at North Point, the North Point girls play Mas­s­aponax (Va.) at 4:30 p.m. The North Point boys will face Howard County’s River Hill for the night­cap at 6:15 p.m.

The Clas­sic will con­tinue on Dec. 29 with the boys con­so­la­tion games tak­ing place at 2:30 at West­lake and 2:45 at North Point. The boys cham­pi­onship game is sched­uled for 6:15 p.m.

The girls con­so­la­tion games start at 1 p.m. at both sites and the girls cham­pi­onship will be at 4:30 p.m.

Tip­ping things off at 10 a.m. on Dec. 27 in the DMV Elite Gover­nor’s Chal­lenge at Wi­comico

Civic Cen­ter in Sal­is­bury are the King’s Chris­tian boys, sched­uled to go against Washington. Thomas Stone will take on St. Joe’s By The Sea at 3:15 p.m. The tourna- ment, which in­cludes a large num­ber of schools play­ing at three dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions, will con­tinue through Dec. 30.

At 7:45 p.m. on Dec 29 the King’s Chris­tian girls will face An­napo­lis Area Chris­tian School, which is host­ing a hol­i­day tour- na­ment. The win­ner ad­vances to the cham­pi­onship game at 1 p.m. on Dec. 30. The con­so­la­tion game will be that day at noon.

The Grace Chris­tian Academy and La Pla- ta boys will play in the North­east High School Tour­na­ment in Pasadena on Dec. 28. La Plata opens the tour­na­ment at 4 p.m. ver­sus Mount He­bron and Grace plays North­east at 6 p.m. The tour­na­ment con­tin­ues on Dec. 29 with the con­so­la­tion and cham­pi­onship games.

Also an­tic­i­pat­ing a boost dur­ing this time is the Hunt­ing­town boys, the de­fend­ing Class 3A South Re­gion cham­pi­ons, who will be host­ing the Hur- ri­cane Hol­i­day Clas­sic, a four-team tour­na­ment, for two days start­ing on Dec. 28.

Calvert is sched­uled to take on Anne Arun­del County’s Sev­ern School in the tour­na­ment opener at 5 p.m. and Hunt­ing- town takes on Watkins Mill of Mont­gomery County at 7.

The win­ner will play in the cham­pi­onship game, sched­uled for the fol­low- ing day at 7 p.m. The loser will play in the con­sola- tion game will be at 5 p.m.

“We needed some home games. We’ve been on the road a lot of this year al­ready,” said Hunt­ing­town head coach Josh Pratt whose team is 3-3 af­ter a 66-47 win over South River on Mon­day night. “This is real nice for the com­mu­nity. It is a fundraiser for our school. Sev­ern has a Di­vi­sion I prospect in LJ Owens and Watkins Mill is a 3A [South] op­po­nent, so we can ben­e­fit from host­ing on our own tour- na­ment.”

The Hunt­ing­town girls are in a two-day hol­i­day tour­na­ment at Kent Is- land. It will play Kent Is­land at 4 p.m. on Mon- day and will con­tinue on Tues­day in ei­ther the con­so­la­tion or cham­pion- ship game against ei­ther Broad­neck or St. Vin­cent Pal­lotti.

The St. Mary’s Ryken boys will travel to Char- lotte, N.C. to com­pete in the Hoodie’s House Na­tional High School Hoop’s Clas­sic, a three-day event. It opens up on Dec. 28 ver­sus Lee of Alabama at 2:30 p.m. The St. Mary’s Ryken girls will be play- ing in the Boo Wil­liams/ Ron­ald Curry Christ­mas Clas­sic and will face Lake Tay­lor (Va.) at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 28.

The North­ern boys will be in the F-Club Christ- mas Clas­sic in Cum­ber- land and open up ver­sus Fort Hill at 7 p.m. on Dec. 27. On the fol­low­ing day, North­ern takes on Al- legany at 5:30 p.m. The North­ern girls will be at the Lau­rel hol­i­day tour­na­ment in Prince Ge­orge’s County start­ing on Dec. 28 and will take on Glen Burnie at 6 p.m.

The McDonough boys will play in the South­ern Gar­rett tour­na­ment on Dec. 29 and 30 and will open on the first day ver- sus Thomas Jefferson (Pa.) at 6:30 p.m.

The St. Charles girls will be in the Spring­brook hol­i­day tour­na­ment and will play Tus­carora (Va.) on Dec. 27.

There will also be­ing some wrestling hol­i­day tour­na­ments as La Plata, St. Mary’s Ryken, and Patux­ent will be com­pet­ing at the fourth an­nual du­als meet at West­min­ster High School on Dec. 27 and 28.

North­ern and Hunt­ing­town will travel to Edge­wa­ter to com­pete in the South River du­als tour­na­ment on Dec. 29 and 30.

Leonard­town will be head­ing to Mount St. Joe­sph in Bal­ti­more to wres­tle in the Mount Mat Mad­ness tour­na­ment n Dec. 29 and 30.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

Se­nior guard Jalen Gibbs, who is av­er­ag­ing 30.4 points a game this sea­son and the North Point Ea­gles will com­pete in the Wal­dorf Hol­i­day Hoops Clas­sic, which will be held on Dec. 28 and 29 in Wal­dorf. The boys and girls tour­na­ment will be held at West­lake and North Point High Schools.

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