With the former Sauk Valley Shootout no longer open for business, the Princeton Tigers will head to the Orion Thanksgiving Tournament to tip off the 2013-14 basketball season.
The tournament features Princeton, Sherrard, Erie, Fulton and the host Chargers all out of the Three Rivers Conference. They are joined by Monmouth-Roseville, Dixon and Aledo Mercer County.Play begins Monday.
The Tigers (6-22 a year ago) jump into the fray at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday against Fulton. They will also play Monmouth-Roseville at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dixon at 4 p.m. Friday and Mercer County at 7 p.m. Nov. 30.
PHS last hosted its Turkey Tournament in 2005, Brandt’s first year at PHS. Since then, they have feasted at the Wethersfield and Sauk Valley Thanksgiving tournaments.
At Wethersfield: The Wally Keller Invitational gets underway Monday night at Wethersfield. There are six teams in the round-robin affair including Putnam County, Midland, Annawan and Bureau Valley.
Monday’s opener matches PC vs. Midland at 5:30 p.m., BV vs. Annawan at 7 p.m. and Wethersfield vs. Elmwood at 8:30 p.m. BV comes back at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday vs. Wethersfield, followed by games at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday vs. Midland, 7 p.m. Thursday vs. Elmwood and at 8:30 p.m. vs. PC.
At Oregon: St. Bede opens Wednesday in the Oregon Tip-Off against Hinckley-Big Rock at 5:45 p.m. They will finish pool play at 7:15 p.m. Friday vs. Byron, concluding the tournament on Nov. 30.
At Seneca: The Hall Red Devils will return to the Seneca Thanksgiving Tournament beginning at 5 p.m. Monday vs. Mendota. The Red Devils will also face Somonauk at 6 p.m. Wednesday, the host Irish at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tournament finals will be held Nov. 30.
• At AFC: LaMoille/Ohio tips off at 6 p.m. Tuesday vs. Polo. The Lions will also play Hiawatha, AFC and Amboy over the course of the next four days.
• At Williamsfield: DePue plays in tournament play from Nov. 25-Dec. 2.