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Area hoops fans have plenty to see this holiday

Staff Report • Dec 23, 2008 at 12:00 AM

As far as area high school basketball fans are concerned, Santa always delivers some of the best presents the week after Christmas.

Aside from the Arby’s Classic, there are four additional tournaments scattered throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Among them is the GreenBank Ladies’ Classic, the premier girls’ tournament in the area.

Dobyns-Bennett will compete in the event, which begins Saturday at Hal Henard Gym in Greeneville — and the Tribe has drawn a tough first-round opponent.

D-B will square off with Buena High School out of California at 8:30 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs boast an all-time record of 826-129, the best overall record in California.

With Holly Holcomb, Isabel Halpern and Keani Albanez leading the way, Buena has seven players on the roster 5-foot-10 or taller, giving the Lady Bulldogs the size to challenge the Tribe’s big front line of Megan Devine, Blaine Frohlich and Juli Osborne.

Now a look at the other three tournaments taking place in the area during the coming week:

Coal Classic

Location: Appalachia High School

Dates: Dec. 26-30

Boys Teams: Rye Cove, Harlan, Ky., Lee High, Appalachia, Covenant, Coeburn, Council and Powell Valley

Girls Teams: Rye Cove, J.I. Burton, Council, Powell Valley, Pound, J.J. Kelly, St. Paul and Appalachia.

Overview: As one of the oldest holiday tournaments in the area, the Coal Classic has become a tradition in Southwest Virginia. This year’s edition kicks off on Friday with four first-round girls’ games: Rye Cove vs. J.I. Burton at 1 p.m.; Council vs. Powell Valley at 2:30; Pound vs. J.J. Kelly at 4; and St. Paul vs. Appalachia at 5:30. The first round of the boys’ tournament will be split between Friday and Saturday. Rye Cove will play Harlan, Ky., at 7 p.m. on Friday night followed by Lee High and Appalachia at 8:30. Covenant will face off against Coeburn at 7 p.m. on Saturday, while Council and Powell Valley close out the first round at 8:30.

Greenwave Classic

Location: Clintwood High School

Dates: Dec. 26-30

Boys Teams: J.I. Burton, Tazewell, Pound, Haysi, Clintwood, Ervinton, J.J. Kelly, Castlewood.

Overview: Aside from Tazewell, the Greenwave Classic will be an early-season battle for bragging rights between the Lonesome Pine and Cumberland Districts. The first round will kick off on Friday with J.I. Burton facing Tazewell at 6 p.m., followed by Pound-Haysi at 7:30. First-round play will continue Saturday night with Clintwood facing Ervinton at 6 and J.J. Kelly taking on Castlewood at 7:30.

Citizens Bank Holiday Classic

Location: Sullivan North High School

Dates: Dec. 29-31

Boys Teams: Morristown West, Happy Valley, Sullivan South, University High, Elizabethton, Cherokee, Mitchell County, N.C., and Sullivan North

Overview: Mitchell County will cross the border to test itself against a competitive field of Tennessee schools. Action begins on Monday when Morristown West squares off against Happy Valley at 4 p.m., and continues as Sullivan South takes on University High at 5:30. Elizabethton will face off against Cherokee at 7, with Mitchell County mixing it up against Sullivan North in the 8:30 nightcap.

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