High School Sports

Prep basketball starts up with preseason tourneys

Football season is winding down, and a new season is nearing its start at the state's high schools.

It's the winter season, which at this point includes basketball and wrestling, and next year will add lacrosse.

Basketball season officially begins Dec. 1, but the South Carolina High School League allows preseason tournaments, and there are several getting ready to rev up.

York's varsity girls team will host the third annual Bank of York Tournament on Nov. 24-25. The first day's games pit Spring Valley against Mauldin at 6 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. by York against Broome.

Paula Blackwell, York's coach, played at Broome for one of the state's most successful girls coaches, Joy Couch, who left coaching two years ago to become athletics director at Spartanburg's Converse College.

The consolation game starts at 6 p.m. on Nov. 25, followed by the championship at 7:30 p.m.

The cost is $5 per person or free with a winter sports pass purchased at York's athletics office for $40 for all home basketball games.

• COACH PARKER SAYS: Don't hold his feet to the fire, but Rock Hill athletics director Billy Parker might have to make a decision next week concerning the football playoffs.

Northwestern is a higher seed than Rock Hill and owns first right of refusal on which night to play if both are home. So...

If Rock hill beats Irmo on Friday and Gaffney beats Sumter, Rock Hill will host Gaffney on Thanksgiving weekend. If Northwestern beats Richland Northeast on Friday, the Trojans will play the Goose Creek/Lancaster winner that Friday.

What do the Bearcats do? Parker said if it comes to the Bearcats still playing and if they are home, there's a possibility the game could be played at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. But, he pointed out, now is not the time to make that decision.

Lot of ifs, but it could happen.

• SUPER SATURDAY: York will host a Super Saturday girls basketball scrimmage this Saturday. The JVs will play at York Junior High School. Admission is free.

The varsity teams will play in the high school gym, and there is a $3 admission or free with winter sports pass. Concessions will be available.

Schedules for both gyms are: 1 p.m., Union vs. Fairfield Central; 2 p.m., York vs. Union and 3 p.m., York vs. Fairfield Central.

• CHECK TIMES: The Northwestern girls varsity basketball team will host the "Basketball for Poverty'' tournament on Nov. 24-25.

Proceeds from ticket sales and donations will go to benefit local organizations who battle poverty in Rock Hill.

Westminster Catawba, Clover and Dorman will join Northwestern in the field.

On the first day, Clover and Dorman play in the 6 p.m. game, followed by Westminster Catawba against Northwestern at 7:30 p.m. The losing teams play the next day at 5 p.m. for third place and the winners for the title at approximately 6:15 p.m.

The earlier starts on the second day are so fans can attend a concert at the school by 39 Lashes, a Christian rock band.

Tickets to each night of the tournament and the concert are $5 each.

• TWO OTHERS: Fort Mill boys will host a basketball tournament Nov. 28-29. One of the competing teams will be York.

Indian Land's girls will host a tournament on Nov. 24 and Chester's girls are in the field.