Looking for some local sports to watch after the holidays are over? Numerous holiday tournaments involving local teams are on the slate for an active final week of 2012.
Dutchess County Basketball Coaches Association Holiday Tournament
The 24th annual DCBCA Holiday Tournament for boys basketball runs Thursday through Sunday at Our Lady of Lourdes High School. Defending champion Arlington is back, going up against a competitive field, and will open against Roy C. Ketcham at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
“I think it’s wide open,” Arlington boys basketball coach Matt Hoyt said. “Any team can win this, really. All eight teams feel like if they can put three good games together, they have the ability to win.”
The rest of the field is Lourdes, Spackenkill, Beacon, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John Jay and for the first time, Red Hook.
“We’re very excited about it,” Red Hook coach Matt Hayes said. “This event began in the late 1980s and Red Hook has obviously had its share of excellent teams in that span. We open up against a good Beacon team, which is a Class A school like us, and we’re guaranteed to play a Class AA school. Whoever we end up playing against, we’re going to get three good games. Hopefully, our fans will enjoy the experience. I’m looking forward to it.”
“It’s going to be nice to have Red Hook in the tournament,” Hoyt said. “They’re a Dutchess team, and we never had the opportunity to get them in the tournament, so I think it’s great that they’re in it and that Coach Hayes wanted to be a part of it. It makes it more competitive and I’m glad that there’s a different team in there.”
Poughkeepsie will be part of the event, but is not in the tournament field. The Pioneers will face Elmont from Nassau County at 4:15 p.m. on Friday.
Girls basketball will be in the spotlight when the annual Holiday Classic stops at Millbrook on Thursday and at Spackenkill on Saturday.
This year’s field includes Section 1’s John Jay, Beacon and Poughkeepsie and Section 9’s Millbrook, Spackenkill, Highland, Roosevelt and Saugerties.
“It’s a great tournament and we’re excited to host it,” Millbrook girls basketball coach Heather Iannucci said. “You have teams you wouldn’t see otherwise, all coached by terrific coaches. We always get a great crowd and alumni are present and everyone’s in town since it’s the holidays.”
Iannucci mentioned the great camaraderie among the tournament’s coaches as sort of an “old-home week,” and was especially excited to go up against Poughkeepsie’s Michelle Zmudosky, whom she coached in high school.
Zmudosky graduated from Millbrook in 2000 and played AAU basketball under Spackenkill coach Don Neise.
“It’s a nice group of people and they are wonderful to be around,” Iannucci said.
ine Plains Bomber Booster Tournament
The annual Bomber Booster boys and girls basketball tournament will be held at Stissing Mountain Jr./Sr. High School in Pine Plains on Thursday and Friday.
The boys field is comprised of host Pine Plains, Millbrook, Rhinebeck and Webutuck, while the girls field consists of Pine Plains, Rhinebeck, Livingston Manor and Mekeel Christian Academy from Scotia in the capital region. The boys games are all league games.
“We’ve been doing the tournament for some time now and it’s a fundraiser for our booster program,” Pine Plains boys basketball coach Brendan LoBrutto said. “It does countless things for student athletes in Pine Plains. It’s a good event and a good way to get the community out.”
Mid-Hudson Wrestling Tournament
The annual Mid-Hudson Wrestling Tournament at Arlington has expanded and now includes 19 teams. Competing teams include host Arlington, Beacon, John Jay, Ketcham and Red Hook, as well as Cornwall, Newburgh Free Academy, Rondout Valley, Valley Central, Kingston and others.
“It’s turned into a very good tournament,” Arlington wrestling coach Fred Perry said. “With the round-robin format and then the brackets the next day, you get a lot more wrestling and a lot of the coaches are interested in it because of the competition we have.”
The New Paltz boys and girls basketball teams will compete in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Warwick on Friday and Saturday.
The Highland boys basketball team will compete in the James I. O’Neill Tournament in Highland Falls on Thursday and Friday. The Haldane boys basketball team will participate in the Hastings tournament on Friday and Saturday.