High school basketball holiday tournaments are everywhere

  • Article by: RON HAGGSTROM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 24, 2013 - 11:26 PM

The holiday season’s tournament slate has taken on a smorgasbord look in the past couple of years.

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Point guard Tyus Jones (21) and Apple Valley, top-ranked in Class 4A, will take on 1A’s No. 1, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.

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The holiday season’s tournament slate has taken on a smorgasbord look in the past couple of years: top teams sprinkled around the state rather than feasting on each other in one venue. Here is a look at some of the top ones and key matchups, along with rankings by Minnesota Basketball News.

 

BOYS

Granite City Classic

When, where: Friday and Saturday, St. Cloud State University

Teams: Fourteen teams including Class 4A, No. 1 Apple Valley, No. 5 Champlin Park, No. 9 Roseville, No. 16 Prior Lake and No. 19 St. Francis; Class 3A, No. 6 Delano, No. 10 Big Lake and No. 15 Blake; and Class 1A, No. 1 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.

Of note: The defending Class 4A state champion Eagles, led by Duke-bound Tyus Jones, play Roseville in the final game on Friday and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the last game on Saturday. Roseville will also square off with Champlin Park on Saturday. Blake opens the tournament against Big Lake. The Bears have struggled through their first seven games (3-4), and play Big Lake on Friday.

Rochester Rotary Classic

When, where: Thursday through Saturday, Mayo Civic Center

Teams: Defending champion Class 4A, No. 11 Woodbury returns to the eight-team field. So does No. 6 Osseo, which won back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011. Those two schools could be a semifinal matchup. Other ranked teams include No. 15 Minnetonka and Class 2A, No. 20 Rochester Lourdes.

Of note: Rochester might host the event, but it hasn’t provided much of a homecourt advantage. In the past 18 years, only one Rochester school (Mayo in 1999) has come away with the crown.

Lakeville North Tournament

When, where: Friday-Saturday, Lakeville North High School

Teams: A quaint but quality four-team field that features the host school and high-scoring forward J.P. Macura. The Xavier recruit already has eclipsed 40 points three times this season. Class 3A, No. 2 Holy Family will open against Class 4A, No. 17 Shakopee. Lakeville North, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A, plays White Bear Lake, which has already fallen to three ranked Class 4A teams.

 

GIRLS

St. Olaf Holiday Classic

When, where: Friday, Saturday and Monday, St. Olaf College, Northfield

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