Several tournaments are on tap for area teams this weekend.
Today marks the beginning of three holiday basketball tournaments — boys events at both Northeastern and Eaton, as well as the Richmond girls team traveling to the Columbus North Invitational.
The Red Devils open at 6:30 tonight opposite Notre Dame Academy (Ky.), and will play two more games Saturday.
Notre Dame Academy is 5-2. RHS is 6-1.
“It’s loaded down there,” Richmond coach Casey Pohlenz said of the invitational.
“It’s a great test to play high-level teams, because we want to be a high-level team. We want to win a sectional. We want to win a regional. It’s a good test to see what we need to do to be like them.”
All three tournaments continue Saturday, and are joined by a host of others.
Both Hagerstown’s boys and girls teams will be at the Cascade Tournament.
“It’s a good tournament. It’ll be a good test for us,” said Hagerstown boys coach Bobby Jones.
The Tigers won the Caston Shootout last year.
Centerville’s boys basketball team is at the Rushville Invitational.
“It’s going to be interesting because it’s a new tournament for us,” Centerville coach Ryan Chiddister said. “It’s the week of Christmas, so we’re going to have a couple days off leading up to it.”
The Union County and Lincoln girls basketball teams are both at the Monroe Central tournament, which starts Saturday and concludes Monday.
Lincoln is the defending champion of that event.
“(We’re) just excited to be in a holiday tournament. Last year they didn’t play over the holiday break,” said UC coach Scott Gray.
Also in girls basketball, Seton Catholic is at the Amy Meyer Tournament, while Winchester is at the Frankfort Tournament.
Randolph Southern will stay on its home court. The Rebels are hosting a one-day event that also features Northeastern, New Castle and Tri-Central.
“It’s exciting to be able to do that here. Get a couple of games, at home, against some decent competition,” said Rebels coach Jerimy Stephan.