Tourney time for area basketball teams
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Now that most of the presents are unwrapped and leftovers are on the evening's menu, it's time to tip off the holiday basketball tournaments.
The Charleroi Holiday Tournament is a staple of the area and will feature a boys' tripleheader Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
At Charleroi, Southmoreland (1-5) will take on California (2-3) at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by Yough (2-6) against the host Cougars (3-2) at 7:30 and Belle Vernon Area (2-2) against Bentworth (1-5) in the 9 p.m. finale.
Last year's champion, Steel Valley (5-1), has a bye and will play on Friday.
Other boys' teams will wait until Friday for their holiday tourney debuts.
At Sto-Rox Monessen (3-3) takes on unbeaten Seton-La Salle (6-0) in the first game at 5 p.m. Wilkinsburg (2-4) meets the hosts (2-4) in the other boys' game at 8 p.m.
Ringgold (1-4) will play host Peters Township (4-3) at 7:30 p.m. in the Indiana's holiday tourney after Allderdice takes on South Fayette in the 6 p.m. opener.
At West Allegheny, Elizabeth Forward (7-0) plays Connellsville (4-2) at 6 p.m. with Washington (6-1) opposing West Allegheny (5-2) at 7:30 p.m.
On the girls' side, Monessen (1-3) will be in action tonight in the Neshannock Tournament. The Lady Greyhounds take on the hosts (8-0) at 7:30 p.m. after Cochranton goes up against Ford City (3-2) at 6 p.m.
Bentworth's tournament tips off tonight with West Greene (4-1) against Avonworth (2-2) in the 6 p.m. opener and Bentworth (1-5) taking on Mapletown (1-5) in the 7:30 p.m. nightcap.
On Friday, undefeated EF (7-0) hosts the Betsy Tournament with the hosts taking on McKeesport (2-3) at 8 p.m. and Norwin (4-3) meeting Baldwin (4-2) at 4:45 p.m.
Charleroi (6-1) will meet unbeaten Brentwood (6-0) at 6 p.m. in the California Tournament with host California (5-2) taking on South Allegheny (1-6) in the 7:30 p.m. finale.
Ringgold (5-3) will be in a tournament at California University, playing Morgantown, W.Va., at 5 p.m. West Mifflin (4-2) takes on Imani Christian (1-6) at 7 p.m.
BVA (5-1) will be playing against in the Laurel Highlands (2-5) Tournament taking on Uniontown at 11 a.m.
Frazier (5-1) will also be at Laurel Highlands and meets Carmichaels (2-5) at 9:15 a.m.
At Clairton, Yough (1-7) meets the hosts (0-6) at noon.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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