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Area boys basketball teams to host holiday tourneys

December 23, 2012
By JAMES A. ELLIS ( , The Leader Herald

Holiday time also is tournament time for several local boys' basketball teams.

Gloversville, Northville, Canajoharie and St. Johnsville High Schools will host tournaments this week featuring top local talent.

The Gloversville Holiday Tournament will tip off Thursday night with Western Athletic Conference contender Mekeel Christian Academy taking on Amsterdam of the Big 10 at 6 p.m.

Host Gloversville of the Foothills Council will square off against Fonda-Fultonville of the Colonial Council at 7:30 p.m.

"We try to make our non-league schedule as competitive as possible and with the teams in the tournament I think we have done just that," Gloversville coach Mark LeFever said. "We are glad Mekeel is joining us this year. They are very physical and very strong. I know they have not gotten off to a great start but I think they were missing two or three starters. But they are getting some players back. They are a good team and will fit in well in our tournament. Amsterdam plays in the Big 10 and they will be ready to compete against anyone and Fonda is always tough."

As a bonus, fans will be part of a special celebration between Friday's consolation and championship games.

The Gloversville High School Athletic Department will honor eight Gloversville players and coaches who have been inducted into the New York State Basketball, Capital Region Basketball and Capital Region Football Hall of Fames.

Being honored with plaques that will hang in the entry way to the gymnasium are Don Landrio (NYS Basketball and Capital Region Basketball Hall of Fame); Chris Ciaccio (Capital Region Basketball Hall of Fame); Byron Miller (Capital Region Basketball Hall of Fame); Tom Ciaccio (Capital Region Football Hall of Fame); Greg Christodulu (Capital Region Football Hall of Fame); Bob Gould (Capital Region Football Hall of Fame); Matt Shell (Capital Region Football Hall of Fame) and Justin DeMagistris (Capital Region Football Hall of Fame).

Tipping off Thursday is the Fifth Annual John Woodward Holiday Tournament at Northville High School.

Galway will open the tournament at 6 p.m. against Doane Stuart, while host Northville will take on Duanesburg at 7:30 p.m.

The winners advance to Friday's championship game at 7:30 p.m., immediately following the consolation game scheduled to tip-off at 6 p.m.

"We are very excited this year because we have all four of the teams back from last year's tournament," Northville coach John Karbowski III said. "It is exciting and helps build camaraderie between all the players on the teams. We have had some close games with Doane Stuart in the tournament and Duanesburg is always tough in the WAC South. We have not faced Galway yet because of the schedule, but they are always tough. We have lost three league games this year by a total of 12 points, so we are hoping the tournament is a stepping off point for us to get ready for the second half of the season and eventually prepare us for sectionals."

The Fort Plain Hilltoppers will make the trip to play in the annual Dick White Holiday Tournament in Cooperstown.

The Hilltoppers open play at 8 p.m. Thursday against host Cooperstown and will face either Cobleskill-Richmondville or Sidney Central School in the second round Friday at either 6 or 8 p.m.

The opening game of the three-team, round robin Coach Cutspec Tournament featuring Dolgeville and Middleburgh will be played at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Johnsville High School. The second game of the tournament will pit Middleburgh against host St. Johnsville at 7:30 p.m. Friday and St. Johnsville and Dolgeville will close out play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Johnsville.

The Andy Palmer Christmas Classic will tip off Thursday night in a three-team round-robin format.

Host Canajoharie will take on Schoharie at 7:30 Thursday night, while Johnstown will face Schoharie at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Johnstown and Canajoharie will play the final game of the classic Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Junior varsity games will precede all three varsity games, starting at 6 p.m.

"We are going to go up there and play two very scrappy teams that really get after it," Johnstown coach Scott Hale said. "It definitely will be a battle and a good test for us. It is always good to jump out into non-league play and get a chance to see some different teams. It will be a fun experience for the kids. It is a great atmosphere and a great gym to play in. They are very welcoming there in Canajoharie and we enjoy going there to play."



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