With the 2014-15 high school basketball season now in full swing, I thought it would be a good idea to get a look at the landscape of annual holiday tournaments. This year, that means a new-look for one of the area’s longest running events. The Meramec Holiday Tournament is now the Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament, replacing the day-long series of games that were usually played at Scottrade Center in January under the Coaches vs. Cancer banner.
This year’s field in the event, which starts after Christmas, includes top-seeded Webster Groves, Confluence Prep, Jennings, St. Charles West, Vianney, Lafayette, Troy Buchanan, Parkway West, De Smet Jesuit, Hazelwood Central, Marquette, Kirkwood, Lindbergh, Springfield Kickapoo and Soldan.
The Statesmen will be fresh off their appearance in a prestigious national tournament, the City of Palms Classic, considered the top holiday tournament in the country, which tips off Thursday in Ft. Myers, Florida.
The Ft. Myers News-Press broke down the field, which includes Montverde (La) Academy, featuring LSU pledge Ben Simmons, one of the top players in the class of 2015. Missouri fans will also recognize Antonio Blakeney of Orlando Oak Ridge. Blakeney is back on the MU recruiting radar after re-opening his recruitment.
(photo credit City of Palms Classic)
Closer to home, there is more tournament action tipping off Thursday…the annual GAC-Suburban Basketball Challenge runs through Saturday at the St. Charles Arena. The matchups are as follows:
Thursday, December 18, 2014
4:00 p.m. McCluer South-Berkeley vs. Fort Zumwalt East
5:30 p.m. Lindbergh vs. Holt
7:00 p.m. Ritenour vs. Francis Howell Central
8:30 p.m. Jennings vs. St. Charles
Friday, December 19, 2014
4:00 p.m. McCluer vs. Warrenton
5:30 p.m. Parkway Central vs. Washington
7:00 p.m. Ladue vs. Fort Zumwalt North
8:30 p.m. Maplewood vs. Fort Zumwalt South
Saturday, December 20, 2014
9:00 a.m. Northwest vs. Liberty
10:30 a.m Seckman vs. Winfield
12:00 p.m. Parkway North vs. Troy
1:30 p.m. Eureka vs. Fort Zumwalt West
4:00 p.m. Parkway South vs. Francis Howell North
5:30 p.m. Clayton vs. Timberland
7:00 p.m. Marquette vs. St. Charles West
8:30 p.m. Parkway West vs. Francis Howell
Good luck to all the teams on the holiday hoops trail. If a coach or player wants to chronicle his or her team’s season, they’re invited to do so via a blog here on STL Preps. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Webster Groves Head Coach Jay Blossom tweeted out this photo Thursday before his team’s evening matchup against North Port, FL in the City of Palms Classic.