The champion will not be back to defend its title in Little Falls this year as the Kasner Klassic follows several other tournaments in making the shift to a three-team, round-robin event.
The girls’ Kasner Klassic will be played over three days with Little Falls taking on New Hartford and Waterville at home Wednesday and Saturday. In a twist, Waterville will play the tournament’s second game at New Hartford Friday evening.
Holland Patent won the Klassic the last two years but opted instead to play in Vernon-Verona-Sherrill’s tournament this year with Clinton and Cooperstown.
St. Johnsville and Canajoharie both host boys’ tournaments with similar formats as teams scramble to fill traditional four-team brackets. Defending champion Middleburgh takes on Dolgeville Thursday in the opening game of St. Johnsville’s Coach Cutspec Tournament; St. Johnsville plays against Middleburgh Friday and Dolgeville Saturday.
Canajoharie’s Andy Palmer Christmas Classic brings Johnstown, last year’s champion in a four-team competition, and Schoharie to town. Canajoharie and Schoharie meet in Thursday’s opening game.
The school break tournament schedule also includes its share of four-team events. The Mohawk boys return to Morris to defend their championship at the Ray Clement Holiday Tournament. Mohawk, a 51-48 winner over the host school in last year’s title game, takes on Deposit in Friday’s first game with Morris meeting Edmeston in the nightcap.
The West Canada Valley boys are playing in New York Mills’ Ed Wadas Classic Thursday and Saturday. The Indians meet Oneida in Thursday’s opening with New York Mills beginning defense of its title in the nightcap against Hamilton.
The Poland boys return to Boonville to play in Adirondack’s Holiday Hoops Tournament and meet Sauquoit Valley at 2 p.m. in first-round play Thursday. Adirondack takes on Camden in the second game.
The Poland girls also travel to Boonville to defend a tournament championship they won last year. The Tornadoes and Adirondack meet in a championship game rematch Thursday after Sauquoit Valley and Camden play the first of four games on the main floor at noon.
Little Falls returns to Vernon-Verona-Sherrill for the boys’ tournament for the second year in a row. The Mounties split last year’s decisions on last-minute three-point shots — a 57-56 win against Canastota and a 55-53 loss to Vernon-Verona-Sherrill. This year, the Mounties meet Holland Patent in the first round with Vernon-Verona-Sherrill and Clinton playing Thursday’s second game.
The undefeated Richfield Springs boys travel to Cherry Valley-Springfield and meet Sharon Springs, the two-time defending champion, in the first round of the revolving tournament Thursday. Owen D. Young takes on the host school in Thursday’s second game. Sharon Springs won last year’s tournament with a 77-51 victory on its home court against Richfield Springs.
Page 2 of 2 - Fort Plain’s boys are entered in Cooperstown’s Dick White Holiday Tournament. The Hilltoppers meet defending champion Cooperstown in Thursday’s second game following a game between Cobleskill-Richmondville and Sidney.
The Canajoharie girls take on the host school Thursday at Broadalbin-Perth’s tournament. Stillwater and Hudson meet in the first game.
The girls’ teams from Mohawk and Frankfort-Schuyler both play in Oriskany’s Holiday Hoops Tournament which tips off Friday. Mohawk meets New York Mills in the opening game and Frankfort-Schuyler squares off against undefeated Oriskany in the nightcap.
The holidays bring tournaments for other winter sports, as well. The Dolgeville volleyball team is playing in Canastota’s Laidlaw Tournament Thursday while the boys’ season tips off with Saturday’s Spiking In the New Year Tournament at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill. Dolgeville hosts its two-day Mountain Duals wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday with 15 schools from across the state scheduled to participate.
Compiled From Times Staff Reports