Because it’s never too early to look forward to basketball season, I’ve rounded up a few tournament schedules. There are some very intriguing matchups and I’ve picked my favorites.
Boys – Squalicum vs. Vashon
Here’s a matchup of the defending state champions in 2A and 1A. Some people say the Storm are the best team in the state, regardless of classification. I don’t know if I’d go that far, but the Bellingham school is in my top five. Vashon is led by California-bound center Jon Gage.
Boys – Jackson vs. Beamer
Timberwolves guard Brett Kingma, who’s wanted by Washington and Gonzaga, takes on the Titans and forward Kevin Davis, who averaged 16.3 points, 15.3 rebounds and 4.1 blocked shots per game last season.
Boys – Rainier Beach vs. Decatur
What’s not to like here? These two programs have been at the top of their classification in recent years and both return some talented players.
Boys – Federal Way vs. Jefferson (Ore.)
Washington’s 4A champion meets Oregon’s 5A champion in the King Holiday Hoopfest. Wonder what outfit Jerome Collins will breakout for this much-anticipated game?
Boys – Kentridge vs. Kentwood
OK, so we see these teams play every season. Twice. But you’ve got to believe that Gary Bell and the Chargers will want to take down Joshua Smith and the Conquerors at the ShoWare Center.
Girls – Auburn Riverside vs. Kennedy Catholic
Can the Ravens stay competitive with a third coach in three seasons? Defending 3A state champion Kennedy Catholic is just the team to put them to the test.
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Les Schwab Tip-off Classic
Dec. 3 and 5 at Kentwood HS
Game 1: Girls – Auburn Mountainview vs. Inglemoor
Game 2: Boys – Foster vs. Mount Si
Game 3: Girls – Kentwood vs. Bellevue
Game 4: Boys – Renton vs. Lake Washington
Consolation and championship games
Les Schwab Hoop Challenge
Dec. 12 at Bellevue College
Game 1: Boys – Bellevue Christian vs. Cascade Chrisian, 9 a.m.
Game 2: Girls – Holy Names vs. Newport, 10:30 a.m.
Game 3: Girls – Auburn Riverside vs. Kennedy, noon
Game 4: Boys – O’Dea vs. Mercer Island, 2 p.m.
Game 5: Boys – Burlington-Edison vs. Mount Si, 3:30 p.m.
Game 6: Boys – Squalicum vs. Vashon, 5 p.m.
Game 7: Boys – Bellevue vs. Jefferson (Ore.), 7 p.m.
Game 8: Boys – Jackson vs. Beamer, 8:30 p.m.
Les Schwab BC Christmas Classic
Dec. 28-30 at Bellevue College
Game 1: Boys – Inglemoor vs. South Kitsap, 4 p.m.
Game 2: Boys – Bellevue vs. Kentlake, 5:30 p.m.
Game 3: Boys – Bellevue Christian vs. Squalicum, 7 p.m.
Game 4: Boys – Bothell vs. Monroe, 8:30 p.m.
Game 5: Girls – Holy Names vs. Issaquah, 10 a.m.
Game 6: Girls – White River vs. Hazen, 11:30 a.m.
Boys consolation and winner’s bracket game
King Holiday Hoopfest
Jan. 18 at Hec Edmundsen Pavilion, Seattle
Game 1: Boys – King’s vs. Vashon, 9:30 a.m.
Game 2: Girls – Kentwood vs. White River, 11 a.m.
Game 3: Boys – Skyline vs. Garfield, 12:30 p.m.
Game 4: Boys – Franklin vs. Grant (Ore.), 2:30 p.m.
Game 5: Boys – Rainier Beach vs. Decatur, 4 p.m.
Game 6: Boys – Federal Way vs. Jefferson (Ore.), 6 p.m.
Game 7: Boys – Bellevue vs. Enumclaw, 7:30 p.m.
Les Schwab Shootout
January 29 at ShoWare Center, Kent
Game 1: Boys – Tahoma vs. Central Kitsap, 2 p.m.
Game 2: Girls – Kent-Meridian vs. Kentlake, 3:30 p.m.
Game 3: Boys – Kentlake vs. Kent-Meridian, 5 p.m.
Game 4: Girls – Kentwood vs. Kentridge, 7 p.m.
Game 5: Boys – Kentridge vs. Kentwood, 8:30 p.m.