No, that is not Jack Frost nipping at your nose. It’s just another holiday season of high school basketball stirring in the Tri-Cities.
Northeast Tennessee’s annual sporting tradition — a smorgasbord of hardwood tournaments spanning the area landscape — begins Wednesday and runs throughout the week — the week plus, actually. It will close, as always, on New Year’s Eve with the championship game of the Arby’s Classic.
Speaking of the Arby’s, it enters rare air in 2012. The tournament celebrates its 30th anniversary this week.
Gate City and Urspring (Germany) open the tournament on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Cherokee faces Tabernacle Baptist (Bahamas) at 2:30, host Tennessee High is in action against Prince Day (Md.) at 4, and Science Hill plays Melrose at 7.
Dobyns-Bennett opens Thursday at 7 p.m. against Martin Luther King Jr. (Ga.).
Thursday also sees the start of the New Peoples Bank Holiday Classic, being held at Sullivan North. County schools South (5:30 p.m.), Central (7 o’clock) and host North (8:30) all feature on the opening day.
Elsewhere, 16 area girls teams will participate in the Johnson City Honda Trailblazer Classic at Daniel Boone.
The tournament begins Wednesday morning. South meets Hampton at 10 a.m. Dobyns-Bennett and Gate City, meanwhile, tangle at 4 p.m. in a potential barnstormer.