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By The Valley Independent
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

The winter blast that took aim at the Mon Valley has pushed back the start of holiday basketball tournaments involving teams from the area.

Most notably, the Charleroi Federal Holiday Classic featuring the host Cougars, Belle Vernon Area, Yough, Bentworth, and California Area was pushed back and will start today.

Charleroi Athletic Director Bill Wiltz said the format of the tournament will not change.

Games will begin at 6 p.m. with Yough taking on Bentworth, followed by the hosts taking on Southmoreland at 7:30 p.m. In the 9 p.m. nightcap, unbeaten California will take on BVA.

Instead of ending Friday evening, the tournament will extend into Saturday.

The Monessen Greyhounds will have an extra day before their game with Jeannette at the Gateway Hoops Classic. The game will be played at the same scheduled time (2 p.m.) today as it was scheduled Wednesday.

With those two tourneys moved to today, all the local teams will be in action.

Ringgold (1-5) will meet Seton-LaSalle (6-1) at 6 p.m. in the opener of the West Allegheny tournament, while Elizabeth Forward (3-4) takes on West Allegheny (3-3) at 7:30 p.m.

The California girls hope to continue an undefeated run while hosting a holiday invitational today through Saturday.

The Lady Trojans (6-0) face Brentwood (3-5) at 8 p.m., while the earlier slate features Avella (3-2) vs. Bishop Canevin (5-0) at 5 p.m. and Charleroi (5-2) vs. Trinity Christian (1-4) at 6:30 p.m.

California will not confront Bishop Canevin, a Class AA team that's beaten its opponents by an average of 55-23. The task of matching up with the Crusaders will go to Charleroi.

The Lady Cougars and Canevin will meet at 6 p.m. Friday. Charleroi will close tournament play at 2 p.m. Saturday when it takes on Brentwood.

California plays South Allegheny (3-4) at 6 p.m. Friday before closing out the invitational at 4 p.m. Saturday vs. Trinity Christian. The Lady Trojans have already won more games than they did last season.

“It's not the toughest teams we've played, but we played four games in Pittsburgh and that's not easy to do,” Minerd said. “I don't think we're in Canevin's class yet, but I think it'll be a fun tournament. It will be tough to win three in a row, especially coming in after a break.”

The Elizabeth Forward girls (6-1) will host the Betsy Invitational, which begins today, and face off against McKeesport (5-2) at 8 p.m. in a marquee matchup.

In other local girls' action, Bentworth will host a holiday tournament starting today. The Lady Bearcats (2-5) will play Mapletown (0-3) at 7:30 p.m. West Greene and Our Lady of Sacred Heart meet in the tournament opener.

Also today, Yough (3-4) travels to play tournament host East Allegheny (0-6) at 1:30 p.m. Brashear and Clairton open up the EA tournament at noon.

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