The Trinity High School basketball team has a new — and colder — destination for its post-Christmas tournament.
Shamrocks coach Mike Szabo said Saturday that his team will play in the Mirabito Stop-DWI Classic set for Dec. 27-30 in Binghamton, N.Y. On Friday, Trinity officials learned that the original post-Christmas destination — the Gulfshore Invitational in Naples, Fla. — had been canceled.
The Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press reported Saturday that the Gulfshore Invitational was canceled after several teams backed out because of a lack of funding.
“Every team is excited about going to Florida,” Szabo said when asked if his team was disappointed about the venue change. “But as coaches, we’re excited about playing against top competition. At least now we’re in a situation where we’ll still play some good competition.”
Szabo said his team will take a charter bus to the New York event. Trinity already had purchased airline tickets to the Florida event.
“It’s an issue for every school that was in that tournament,” Szabo said. “Hopefully we can get credit with the airline and use those tickets within a calendar year.”
Trinity, the defending state champion, will play in the Canfield Development King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic starting Wednesday at Fairdale.
Greenwell out 2 weeks
Owensboro Catholic senior Becca Greenwell, one of the nation’s top players in the Class of 2013, was diagnosed Friday with a sprained medial collateral ligament in her right knee and will be out for two more weeks, coach Ray Zuberer said.
Greenwell was injured Dec. 7 in a 73-60 victory at Owensboro, and there were initial fears that the injury might have been more serious. Greenwell missed all of her junior season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee.
“I am so happy for that kid,” Zuberer wrote in an email to The Courier-Journal. “She doesn’t deserve to get hurt again. She has worked too hard to get hurt again.”
Zuberer said there is no specific date set for Greenwell’s return, but that it likely will come in early January. Owensboro Catholic is scheduled to play in the Louisville Invitational Tournament set for Jan. 29-Feb. 2 at Bellarmine University.
The 6-foot-1 Greenwell has signed with Duke. She averaged 32.6 points, 12 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 3.6 assists as a sophomore in her last full season.