Savannah Classic draws strong field

It’s only fitting that one of the state’s basketball hotbeds should have its own holiday tournament. So it’s good to see the Savannah Holiday Classic back on the schedule, giving fans an opportunity to see some of the top boys and girls players.

The tournament is broken up into four mini-tournaments that are named after some of the famous squares in the historic city. The first- and second-round games will be played at various sites on Friday and Saturday, with all the championship games played at Savannah High School on Monday.

The Columbia Square girls bracket starts on Friday with Richmond Hill at Beach, Lee County vs. Camden County at Savannah High, Brunswick vs. New Hampstead at Jenkins, and Calvary Day at Johnson. All games start at 7 p.m.

The Oglethorpe Square girls bracket starts on Friday with Glynn Academy vs. Islands at Johnson, Windsor Forest at Jenkins, Groves at Savannah, and Metter vs. Woodville-Tompkins at Beach. All games start at 4 p.m.

The Crawford Square boys bracket starts on Friday with Southwest DeKalb vs. Richmond Hill at Beach, Benedictine at Johnson, Brunswick vs. New Hampstead at Jenkins, and Calvary Day vs. Savannah. All games start at 8:30 pm.

The Washington Square boys bracket starts on Friday with Metter vs. Islands at Johnson, Effingham vs. Windsort Forest at Jenkins, Woodville-Tompkins at Beach, and Rockmart vs. Groves at Savannah. All games start at 5:30 p.m.

As a special showcase event, players will compete in a dunk contest on Sunday at Johnson High. It begins at 2:30 p.m.

Morgan boys travel to CFA Tournament in South Carolina

Morgan County will compete in the Chick-fil-A Classic Holiday Basketball Tournament at Richland Northeast High in Columbia, S.C. The Bulldogs will open on Saturday against Trinity Christian of Fayetteville, N.C. Trinity, which won the Class 1-A state championship last season, is led by Dennis Smith, a 6-2 junior ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation.  The next opponent will be either Hammond or Dreher, a pair of South Carolina teams.

Washington County hosts tournament

Washington County will host the WACO Christmas Classic, which starts Saturday in Sandersville. Other teams in the field include Lowndes, Northeast Macon and Swansea, S.C. The round-robin tournament continues on Dec. 22 and 23.

North Murray hosts Mistletoe Madness

North Murray is the host team for the Mistletoe Madness tournament, Dec. 19-23, in Chatsworth.

The North Murray boys are building on last year’s 16-12 season and have opened the season by winning eight of their first nine games. The Mountaineers had Region 6-AAA showdown with undefeated Ringgold on Tuesday night.

North Murray opens the tournament on Friday against Morris Innovative.

 AAA players picked for DeKalb All-Star game

Three AAA players were chosen to play in the DeKalb County Football Coaches Association’s All-Star game on Dec. 20 at Hallford Stadium. Named to the West team were linebacker Demetrius Harris of Decatur, linebacker Keenan Kelly and offensive lineman Marquez McNeill of Cedar Grove. Mark Adams of Druid Hills is the East coach and Scott Jackson of Decatur is the West coach. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.