Teams hit road during holidays
By Matt Middleton | Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The holidays typically scatter basketball teams across the region to participate in tournaments.

Even though the area will play host to two large boys and girls tournaments -- at Josey this week and at Evans next week -- plenty of area teams will still travel next week.

Here are three:

- The North Augusta girls will compete in the Upward Classic at Dorman High School, near Spartanburg, S.C. The tournament includes teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.

- The Glenn Hills boys will be in Columbia for the Taco Bell Classic. The Spartans open the tournament against host team Keenan.

- The Richmond Academy boys will be at the eight-team Jared Cook Holiday Classic at North Gwinnett. The Musketeers finished second in last year's tournament, falling 66-60 to the Class AAAAA hosts in the final. The Musketeers open against Dacula on Monday.

"Bottom line, we want to win it this time," Richmond Academy coach Steve Nobles said. "We're going to see some quality teams, that's for sure."

BEARS START STRONG: The Burke County boys have won their first four games heading into next week's Sweet South Classic in Madison, Ga.

The Bears have wins over Screven County, Jenkins County (twice) and region foe Baldwin. The Bears open the tournament against Gadsden City (Ala.)

"That tournament has been good to us," coach Purvis Dukes said. "It really prepares us for region play."

NATIONAL CHAMPS: The National Private School Athletic Association, a Missouri-based high school organization, has crowned Edgefield County's Wardlaw Academy its Division III national 8-man football champion. The organization crowns national champions in eight sports, according to its Web site.

Wardlaw won the South Carolina 8-man title in November with a 78-54 win over Patrick Henry Academy.

TOURNAMENTS TO WATCH

RICHMOND COUNTY

HOLIDAY ROUND BALL CLASSIC

What: Eight boys and girls teams competing in 23 games across three days at Josey. The only out-of-area teams are the Grayson boys and the Munford (Ala.) girls.

When: The tournament, in its 10th year, started Monday and ends with boys and girls finals Wednesday night.

Highlight: The girls bracket includes three of the best girls teams in the area: Hephzibah, Laney and Glenn Hills. Laney and Glenn Hills should meet at 4 p.m. today in one semifinal.

ROBOLLI'S CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENT

What: Eight boys and girls teams competing in 24 games across three days at Evans. The only out-of-area teams are the Westside-Macon boys and girls.

When: The tournament begins Monday morning. Finals are set for Dec. 30 at 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Highlight: Warren County, with University of Arizona recruit Candice Warthen; Silver Bluff; and Lakeside make up a strong girls bracket. Laney and Evans met in last year's boys final and will probably do the same this year. Laney is the defending champion.

Reach Matt Middleton at (706) 823-3425

or matt.middleton@augustachronicle.com.

From the Tuesday, December 22, 2009 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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