Holiday Hoops: Vacation-week schedule jam-packed with boys, girls basketball games

Gloversville's Buck Galster (5) boxes out as Joey Rowback puts up a shot during a Foothills Council game against Queensbury at Gloversville High School on Dec. 13. The Dragons will host the annual Coach K Tournament starting Thursday. This year’s tournament will be played over three days featuring host Gloversville, Columbia Prep of New York City and Voorheesville. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Gloversville's Buck Galster (5) boxes out as Joey Rowback puts up a shot during a Foothills Council game against Queensbury at Gloversville High School on Dec. 13. The Dragons will host the annual Coach K Tournament starting Thursday. This year’s tournament will be played over three days featuring host Gloversville, Columbia Prep of New York City and Voorheesville. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Though schools are out on break, several area basketball teams will be busy competing in holiday basketball tournaments this week.

On the boys side, 11 of the area’s 13 teams will take part in a tournament this week.

Gloversville, Canajoharie, Northville and Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville all will be hosting tournaments, while Fonda-Fultonville, Fort Plain, Mayfield, Galway, Wells, Dolgeville and Broadalbin-Perth will be taking part in tournaments.

On the girls side, Amsterdam and Mayfield will host holiday events, while Dolgeville, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville and Gloversville will take part in tournaments.

In addition, there also will be several non-tournament games during the week.

BOYS

Four area boys teams will be hosting tournaments next week as Gloversville, Northville, Canajoharie and Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville all will be competing on their home floors.

Canajoharie will host the Andy Palmer Christmas Tournament on Wednesday and Thursday. The Cougars will face Frankfort-Schuyler in the opening round Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., while Little Falls meets Schoharie in the other first-round contest at 5 p.m. The consolation game is set for 5 p.m. on Thursday, and the championship game is set for 6:30 p.m.

Gloversville will host the three-day Coach K Tournament starting Thursday.

The Dragons are set to face Voorheesville at 6:30 p.m. On Friday, Voorheesville will face Columbia Prep at 6 p.m., and the tournament will conclude on Saturday with Gloversville facing Columbia Prep at 6 p.m.

Northville’s annual Woodward Tournament will feature an all-area field. The tourney begins Thursday with Dolgeville facing Galway at 6 p.m., followed by Northville facing Wells at 7:30 p.m. The consolation game is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, while the championship game is slated for 7:30 p.m.

OESJ will host its annual Coach Cutspec Classic on Thursday and Friday. The Wolfpack will face Hawthorne Valley in the first round Thursday at 6:30 p.m., while Duanesburg will face Charlotte Valley in the other first-round contest. The consolation game is set for 5 p.m. on Friday, followed by the championship game at 6:30 p.m.

Broadalbin-Perth is set to travel to Mekeel Christian Academy for a tournament on Thursday and Friday. The Patriots will face Hudson in the opening round Thursday at 7 p.m., while host Mekeel Christian is set to face Cohoes at 8:30 p.m.. The consolation and championship games are slated for Friday at 6 and 7:30 p.m., respectively.

Mayfield and Fonda-Fultonville are set to travel to Stillwater for the Stillwater Tournament on Wednesday and Thursday.

FFCS will face Mechanicville on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and Mayfield will face host Stillwater at 7 p.m. On the second day of the event, Mayfield will face Mechanicville on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and Fonda-Fultonville is set to face Stillwater at 7 p.m.

Fort Plain will travel to Newport for the West Canada Valley Sports Boosters Holiday Tournament on Wednesday and Thursday. The Hilltoppers will face host West Canada Valley in the first round Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. In the other first-round contest Sauquoit Valley is slated to face Central Valley at 5 p.m. The consolation game is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, followed by the championship game at 6:45 p.m.

GIRLS

Like the boys, the girls tournaments begin Wednesday.

Mayfield will host its annual holiday tournament, facing Broadalbin-Perth in the opening round at 6:30 p.m.

In the other first-round contest, Broadalbin-Perth graduate Sam Zullo will bring his team from Simsbury, Conn., to face Galway at 5 p.m. The winner will meet in the championship game at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, while the losers will meet in the consolation game at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

The area’s largest holiday event begins Wednesday when Amsterdam hosts its two-day 15-game holiday festival.

The event features teams from Quebec, Massachusetts and from around New York State.

Guilderland will face Saugerties in the opening game Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., while Beekmantown will face Lee (Mass.) at 11 a.m. Gloversville will meet Haldane at 12:30 p.m., Kingston will face Cicero-North Syracuse at 2 p.m, Gerard-Filion (Quebec) will meet Binghamton at 3:30 p.m., and Bethlehem will face Springfield (Mass.) Central at 5 p.m. Host Amsterdam will face Pittsfield (Mass.) at 6:30 p.m. and the first day will conclude with Shenendehowa facing Francis Lewis at 8 p.m.

The second day of the Amsterdam Holiday Showcase will take place Thursday.

The opening game of the day will feature Saugerties against Holland Patent at 10:30 a.m., followed by Beekmantown taking on Haldane at noon. Kingston is slated to face Gerard-Filion at 1:30 p.m., Gloversville is set to meet Cicero-North Syracuse at 3 p.m. and Francis Lewis is set to face Bethlehem at 4:30 p.m.

In the final two games of the event, Springfield Central will face Shenendehowa at 6 p.m., followed by Guilderland taking on Pittsfield at 7:30 p.m.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville will make the short trek to Little Falls to compete in the Kasner Klassic.

The Lady Wolves will face host Little Falls in the opening round Wednesday at 7 p.m. In the other first-round contest, Central Valley will meet West Canada Valley at 5 p.m. The consolation and championship games are slated for Thursday at 5 and 7 p.m., respectively.

Dolgeville will travel to Boonville for the Adirondack Holiday Hoops Tournament. The Blue Devills will face Lowville in the first round at noon Wednesday, while host Adirondack will face South Lewis in the other first-round game at 4 p.m.

The winners meet in the championship game at 4 p.m. on Thursday, while the consolation game is slated for Thursday at noon.

In non-tournament games Wednesday, Northville will host Sharon Springs in a non-league contest at 6 p.m., and Canajoharie will travel to Schoharie for a Western Athletic Conference contest at 5:30 p.m.

The Lady Cougars will be right back in action Thursday, traveling to Herkimer for a non-league game at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, Johnstown will host Fonda-Fultonville in a non-league contest at 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Northville is slated to host Dolgeville in non-league game at 2:30 p.m.

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