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HIES, Westminster to host holiday basketball tourneys
by Greg Oshust
December 26, 2012 03:04 PM | 2572 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Holiday basketball tournaments take center stage this week as Holy Innocents’ and Westminster once again host their post-Christmas events.

Holy Innocents’ will feature a number of state and national girls’ powerhouses at the Holiday Invitational, while Westminster holds its seventh annual Holiday Classic. Both tournaments take place Thursday through Saturday.

A total of 32 girls’ basketball teams will take the court at Holy Innocents’ as it hosts the Peach State tournament for the second year.

Holy Innocents’ will be joined by cross-town rival Riverwood in the 32-team field, which also includes last year’s Class AAAAA state champion McEachern and Class AA and A runners-up Buford and Southwest Atlanta Christian as well as teams from Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Illinois, West Virginia and Ontario, Canada.

There will be four brackets of eight teams each, with Holy Innocents’ playing in the green bracket and Riverwood in the silver group.

“We look forward to playing some great teams and we also look forward to watching some great games,” Holy Innocents’ girls’ coach Tony Watkins said.

Admission is $10 each day for adults, $5 for ages six to 17 and free for children five and under.

The Westminster Holiday Classic will host both boys’ and girls’ tournaments, with eight teams playing in each competition.

Host Westminster will be joined by archrival Lovett in the boys’ tournament, with Paideia, Decatur, Johns Creek, Northview, Lumpkin County and Bishop McGuinness (N.C.).

“We are excited about the field of teams this year,” Westminster boys’ coach Tray Malloy said. “We believe we have the best representation of schools across the state of Georgia, with teams coming from different geographic areas as well as across all classifications. We also have a great mix of both private and public schools. The addition of Bishop McGuiness out of [North] Carolina is also a welcome addition.”

The girls’ bracket is similar, with Pace and Grady in the field instead of Lovett and Bishop McGuinness.

“I would definitely have to say that we have a great mix of returning teams and new teams,” Westminster girls’ coach Heather Karvis said. “We’ve got a great variety of classifications as well and I think that’s the point of a tournament — to mix classification and region, so that you get a chance to play teams you might otherwise not get to. We are excited to host these teams this year.”

Admission is free for Westminster students and parents with a family pass or ID and is $5 for everyone else.

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