As families around West Tennessee gather on Thursday to indulge in turkey and dressing or ham along with all the fixings, there are athletes preparing for high school sporting events this weekend.
The elite football teams still alive in West Tennessee entered their final day of preparations on Thursday before playing in the state semifinals on Friday.
But there will also be some good basketball events at University School of Jackson, Gibson County, Westview and Corinth (Miss.).
So after you finish your shopping on Black Friday, there will be plenty of basketball on Friday and Saturday to enjoy.
•Zaxby’s Thanksgiving Tournament at USJ: The games at USJ will be in a tournament format, and three of the games were played Wednesday evening.
There are four local boys teams playing for a title, with Gibson County, Middleton, USJ and Jackson Central-Merry looking to play in the tournament championship on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
There are eight teams in the girls’ tournament from all over West Tennessee. Briarcrest, Bolton and Memphis Catholic are coming from Memphis.
USJ, JCM and Liberty are participating from Jackson, while Union City and Dyersburg are also in the tournament.
Games begin at 10 a.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday, with at least six games each day.
•Gibson County Thanksgiving Point Guard Classic: If you want to see some top-level girls games, Dyer might be the city for you.
There will be three games each day at Gibson County, including some of the top Class A and AA talent in West Tennessee.
On Friday, the games are Dresden-Bradford, Haywood-Obion County and South Side-Gibson County. On Saturday, the games are Dresden-South Side, Haywood-Bradford and Houston County-Gibson County.
The Dresden-Bradford game on Friday will be played early at 1 p.m. due to Trenton Peabody playing the Class 1A state semifinals in Nashville.
Houston County has participated in the last two Class A state tournaments.
•Thanksgiving Classic at Westview: The city of Martin will also have some state tournament-level talent with teams including Dyer County and Westview playing.
There will be four games each day, starting at 3 p.m. with girls and boys playing.
On Friday, the games are Dyer County-Lexington (girls), Dyer County-Henry County (boys), Westview-Halls (girls) and Westview-Bradford (boys).
On Saturday, the games are Obion County-Halls (girls), Dyer County-Bradford (boys), Westview-Lexington (girls) and Westview-Henry County (boys).
•Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic: If you want to see some of the top talent in the country and are willing to travel, head down to Corinth (Miss.) for the Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic at Corinth High School.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students.
There will be 24 teams from seven states represented, with the No. 1-ranked school from Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kansas.
There are also four prep schools participating in a four-team tournament.
There will be 17 nationally ranked players on the court at some point in the classic. Some of the top seniors playing are No. 17-ranked Josh Langford (Michigan State), No. 28-ranked Alterique Gilbert (Connecticut), No. 34-ranked Jaylen Fisher (UNLV), No. 63-ranked Tyson Carter (Mississippi State), No. 70-ranked Abdulhakim Ado (Mississippi State) and No. 132-ranked Eric Curry (Minnesota).
The lone West Tennessee team playing in the classic this year is Lexington on Saturday, as the Tigers take on Baldwyn (Miss.) at 11:30 a.m.
Michael Odom is a prep writer for The Jackson Sun. Reach him at 731-425-9754 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JSWriterMichael.