The Christmas holiday will greatly limit the number of high school basketball games taking place tonight, with only one boys game and one girls game on the schedule.
Both those games involve the Anna Rockets. The boys will play at Marion Local and the girls are at Miami East.
Things really amp up next week, however, with holiday tournaments taking the spotlight, as they normally do this time of year.
Before they begin, however, the Botkins Trojans travel to Minster Monday night for what will be Minster’s seventh game since Dec. 11. The start of Minster’s season was delayed by football again.
• On Tuesday, three holiday tournaments involving county/area teams will get underway.
Fairlawn will take on Delphos Jefferson in the first game of the tournament Tuesday at 6:30, followed by Parkway taking on Hardin Northern. Fairlawn is 5-4 on the year and will be tested against Jefferson, which is 6-2. Parkway is 2-6 and Hardin Northern 1-5.
The consolation and championship games will be Wednesday night.
• The annual Piqua Holiday Tournament will start on Tuesday, with big school and small school divisions. Lehman and Russia are back in the event again this season in gthe small-school division.
Russia, off to a 6-2 start, takes on 3-3 Covington, and Lehman, 1-4, meets Troy Christian, 4-2.
Again, the tournament concludes the following night.
•The third tournament will take place at Versailles starting Tuesday.
The Anna Rockets will take a four-game winning streak and a 5-2 record into the 8 p.m. game against the host Versailles Tigers, who are off to a 7-1 start, with the only loss coming to Dunbar.
It’s shaping up to be an impressive tournament. The first game will feature 7-0 Miami East against 7-1 Chaminade.
•Non-tournament boys games Tuesday find unbeaten Jackson Center hosting 3-2 Columbus Grove, and 4-5 Fort Loramie at 4-1 Fort Recovery.
Then on Wednesday, the Sidney Yellow Jackets return to action after a good showing in the Columbus DeSales Holiday Classic when they travel to 7-2 Urbana.
Sidney lost in the championship to Lakota East, 50-49, after struggling at the free throw line. The Jackets connected on just 2-for-9 from the stripe in the game.
Sidney is 7-3, and its three losses have come by 3, 2 and 1.
The Sidney girls, 9-0 after beating previously unbeaten Tecumseh Monday, host 2-8 Bellfontaine Tuesday night. Fort Loramie, 5-2, is also at home against Maysville, which is coming all the way from the Zanesville area.
The Minster girls, meanwhile, are in holiday tournament action at Lima Bath.
Then on Wednesday, Lehman is at Jackson Center and Minster returns to the holiday event in Lima.