Stahl
Stahl
By LIZI ARBOGAST

@liziarbogast

In addition to snow, family and good cheer, the holiday season also brings about basketball. Lots and lots of basketball.

Over the next four days, several area girls and boys basketball teams will participating in 13 different holiday tournaments.

The Chambersburg Trojans boys team will face the undefeated Gettysburg in the first game of the annual Gettysburg Holiday Tournament.

The Trojans (4-3) have made some improvements offensively, which was their point of struggle at the beginning of the season. Their three losses were by a combination of only six points. On Thursday, they'll face a Warrior that is high-powered both offensively and defensively.

"If we come out and play basketball like we're capable of, we should be OK," Chambersburg coach Beau Gantz said. "They have three lan players we'll try to focus on, and they have a real nice guard who is very capable of doing some damage. We take them being undefeated as a personal challenge."

Gantz said he is going to rely heavily on seniors Kellen Williams and Tay Charles, who have been playing well recently. Williams is the Trojans' biggest offensive threat, averaging more than 12 points a game. He has scored 20 or more in three of his last four contests.

Gantz is also waiting for Mitch Stahl to improve in some of his roles. While the senior is certainly a force for other teams, there are still areas in which he can get better, according to Gantz.

"Mitch still has to learn to play with his back to the basket as well as outside," Gantz said. "Offensively, it'll come."

Delone and Northeastern are the other teams in the Gettysburg Holiday Tournament.

Two local teams are also hosting age-old tourneys.

Shippensburg is hosting the Hound Invitational, which began in 1973. The four-team field is very strong. Susquehanna Township will take on Johnstown in the first game, which Greyhound coach Ray Staver expects to be a battle.

Kater
Kater

"From what I hear of them, Johnstown is usally very good, and Township is loaded," Staver said. "That first game could be a very good game."

The Greyhounds (4-3) will then face Annville-Cleona, which is very good from beyond the arc, according to Staver.

Staver has preached defense first for most of the season, and while he thinks the Hounds are doing well on their own end of the court, he'd now like to see some improvement offensively.

"Our execution on offense has to be better, I really do," Staver said. "We've had some, from perspective, glaring weaknesses, but we've gotten beter in the last two games. We've shot better the last couple of games, but the one thing that we have been doing fairly consistently is that our defense has been pretty good."

Senior Tyrell Kater, who recently made his come back after missing two games, should be a good addition to the Greyhound offense.

Fannett-Metal is hosting the oldest tournament in the area - the 40th annual Fannett-Metal Christmas Tournament, which will feature three local teams. The Tigers (3-1), McConnellsburg (1-2) and Shalom Christian (3-3) will all participate.

The Spartans and the Flame will play each other in the first game on Friday, and Fannett-Metal will follow against Maryland School for the Deaf. Maryland is the two-time defending tournament champion, so the Tigers will have their work cut out for them.

"We gotta get out to an early start," Fannett-Metal coach Greg Best said. "We just have keep playing how we have been, whichi seems like it's with a lot of confidence. We also want to make sure we just have fun because it is a holiday tournament."

Fannett-Metal has been hosting this tournament for four decades, and although there is a lot of work that goes into the planning stages, Best said he'd rather host than travel at the holidays.

"I kind of enjoy hosting becasue a lot of alumni get to come back at this time of year," Best said. "It's nice for people in the community, and we always draw a good crowd. We get to play on our home floor, and hopefully we'll have a chance to play in the championship game."

The first boys tournaments begin today. Forbes Road (1-4) and Southern Fulton (2-2) will play in the Huntingdon Lions Club Tournament and the Tri-State Shootout, respectively.

On Thursday afternoon, the Waynesboro Indians (2-4) will travel to Hagerstown, Md., to take on Brunswick at the North High Mixer. A field of eight teams from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia will be competiting.

On Friday, the final two Mid Penn Colonial division teams will start their tournaments. James Buchanan is in an interesting situation. The Rockets (0-6) will play Big Spring for the second consecutive game. JB just lost to the Bulldogs 57-49 on Friday.

Greencastle-Antrim (5-2) will also travel across state lines to the Richard Doub Tournament in Williamsport, Md., to take on Broadfording.

The final tournament - the boys Valley Forge Christian Tournament - will also begin Friday when CV Christian (2-4) plays International Christian. The Blazers could really use a victory, as they are currently on a four-game losing skid.

The only local girls tournament is hosted by Forbes Road beginning at 6 p.m. today. Fannett-Metal, Shalom Christian and Forbes will all be participating in the Teddy Thanos Memorial Tournament. Fannett-Metal (2-2) will take on Frederick in the first game, and Shalom Christian (4-2) vs. Forbes Road (1-3). Shalom is currently on a two-game winning streak it would like to protect, while the Lady Tigers are on a two-game skid.

The Lower Dauphin Christmas Tournament will begin Thursday. The Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils (3-3) will take on Central Dauphin East. Greencastle seems to do well offensively and has won every game in which it has scored more than 50 points. CD East (5-2) has allowed 50 points in all but two of its game this season.

On Friday, four more girls tournaments will begin. For the Mid Penn Colonial Division teams, Shippensburg (2-5) will face Warwick in the Cumberland Valley Tournament; James Buchanan (1-5) takes on Mechanicsburg in the Big Spring Holiday Tournament. JB is in desperate need of a victory after falling in four straight games. The Rockets have not won since Game 2 of the Franklin County Tip-Off Tournament.

The final two tournaments will be the Hancock (Md.) Christmas Tournament, featuring the undefeated Southern Fulton (6-0), and the Valley Forge Christian Tournament, featuring CV Christian (2-5).

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Lizi Arbogast can be reached at 262-4788 or larbogast@publicopinionnews.com.

WEDNESDAY

Boys Scholastic Basketball

Huntingdon Lions Club Tournament

Southern Huntingdon vs. Juniata Valley, 7

Forbes Road vs. Huntingdon, 8:30

Tri-State Shootout

(At Berkeley Springs, W.Va.)

Southern Fulton vs. Clear Spring, 6

Hancock vs. Berkeley Springs, 7:30

Girls Scholastic Basketball

Teddy Thanos Memorial Tournament

(At Forbes Road)

Fannett-Metal vs. Frederick Force, 6

Shalom Christian vs. Forbes Road, 7:30

THURSDAY

Boys Scholastic Basketball

Gettysburg Holiday Tournament

Delone Catholic vs. Northeastern, 6

Chambersburg vs. Gettysburg, 7:30

Hound Invitational

(At Shippensburg)

Susquehanna Twp. vs. Johnstown, 6

Annville-Cleona vs. Shippensburg, 7:30

North High Mixer

(At North Hagerstown, Md.)

Waynesboro vs. Brunswick, 2

Washington vs. Smithsburg, 3:30

Middletown vs. South Hagerstown, 5

Loudoun County vs. North Hagerstown, 6:30

Huntingdon Lions Club Tournament

Consolation, 7

Championship, 8:30

Tri-State Shootout

(At Berkeley Springs, W.Va.)

Consolation, 6

Championship, 7:30

Girls Scholastic Basketball

Lower Dauphin Christmas Tournament

Greencastle-Antrim vs. CD East, 6

Carlisle vs. Lower Dauphin, 7:30

Teddy Thanos Memorial Tournament

(At Forbes Road)

Consolation, 6

Championship, 7:30

FRIDAY

Boys Scholastic Basketball

Gettysburg Holiday Tournament

Consolation, 6

Championship, 7:30

Hound Invitational

(At Shippensburg)

Consolation, 6

Championship, 7:30

North High Mixer

(At North Hagerstown, Md.)

Brunswick vs. Washington, 2

Loudoun County vs. Smithsburg, 3:30

Waynesboro vs. South Hagerstown, 5

Middletown vs. North Hagerstown, 6:30

Richard Doub Tournament

(At Williamsport, Md.)

Greencastle-Antrim vs. Broadfording, 5

Mountain Ridge vs. Williamsport, 7

Big Spring Holiday Tournament

Northern York vs. Palmyra, 4:30

James Buchanan vs. Big Spring, 8

Fannett-Metal Christmas Tournament

McConnellsburg vs. Shalom Christian, 6

Fannett-Metal vs. Maryland School for the Deaf, 7:30

Valley Forge Christian Tournament

CV Christian vs. International Christian, 6:30

Girls Scholastic Basketball

Lower Dauphin Christmas Tournament

Consolation, 6

Championship, 7:30

Cumberland Valley Tournament

Shippensburg vs. Warwick, 6

Dallastown vs. Cumberland Valley, 7:30

Big Spring Holiday Tournament

James Buchanan vs. Mechanicsburg, 1:30

Northern York vs. Big Spring, 6

Hancock (Md.) Christmas Tournament

Southern Fulton vs. Broadfording, 6

Clear Spring vs. Hancock, 8

Valley Forge Christian Tournament

CV Christian vs. Atlantic Christian, 2

SATURDAY

Boys Scholastic Basketball

Richard Doub Tournament

(At Williamsport, Md.)

Consolation, 5

Championship, 7

Big Spring Holiday Tournament

Consolation, 6

Championship, 8

Fannett-Metal Christmas Tournament

Consolation, 6

Championship, 7:30

Valley Forge Christian Tournament

CV Christian vs. TBA, 1:30 or 4:30

Girls Scholastic Basketball

Lower Dauphin Christmas Tournament

Consolation, 6

Championship, 7:30

Cumberland Valley Tournament

Consolation, 1

Championship, 2:30

Big Spring Holiday Tournament

Consolation, 1:30

Championship, 4:30

Hancock (Md.) Christmas Tournament

Consolation, 6

Championship, 8

Valley Forge Christian Tournament

CV Christian vs. TBA, 12 or 3