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Hoop season tips off Monday at Princeton

The Bureau Valley Storm work on ball handling skills at the start of Thursday’s practice at the Storm Cellar. The Storm will tip off the season Monday at the Princeton Holiday Tournament.
The Bureau Valley Storm work on ball handling skills at the start of Thursday’s practice at the Storm Cellar. The Storm will tip off the season Monday at the Princeton Holiday Tournament.

The 2013-14 basketball season will tip off this week for area girls teams.

The first tip off will take place at the Princeton Holiday Tournament sponsored by the PHS Booster Club. Three Bureau County teams will be in action: Princeton, LaMoille/Ohio and Bureau Valley.

Princeton and LaMoille/Ohio are paired in the Blue Pool with Stark County and Midland. Defending regional champ Putnam County heads up the White Pool, which consists of Bureau Valley, Stark County and newcomer Streator.

Erie, the 2012 winner, departed after just one year.

“Looks like we have another balanced field this year. Putnam County brings back all of its guns from last year’s regional champions,” PHS coach Kevin Hieronymus said.

The action begins Monday at 5 p.m. at Prouty Gym with Henry facing Streator. That contest will be followed by PC vs. BV at 6:30 p.m. and Princeton vs. Midland at 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, Streator faces Putnam County at 5 p.m., Midland faces Stark County at 6:30 p.m. and LaMoille/Ohio jumps into the fray against the host Tigresses in the nightcap.

After a night off, the tourney resumes Thursday with three more games: Bureau Valley vs. Henry at 5 p.m., LaMoille/Ohio vs. Midland at 6:30 p.m. and Princeton vs. Stark County at 8 p.m.

Friday night hoops will send Putnam County vs. Henry at 5 p.m., Streator vs. Bureau Valley at 6:30 p.m. and Stark County vs. LaMoille at 8 p.m.

The final round will be played out Nov. 23 starting at 3 p.m. with the championship set for 7:30 p.m.

At Oregon: Rookie head coach Josiah Martin will take his Lady Devils to the Oregon Tip-Off Tournament where they will be tested off the bat against Prophetstown at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. Their sophomores will also play at 7:15 p.m.

After a night off, the Lady Devils will resume pool play with Rockford Christian at 5:45 p.m Friday with their sophomore teams to follow. The tournament concludes Nov. 23 with Hall playing two more games.

Other teams in the field also include Fulton, Rockford Lutheran and Polo in Pool A, Amboy, Oregon and Ottawa Marquette in Pool C and Mendota, Milledgevile and Pecatonica in Pool D.

Rockford Lutheran is the defending champion.

At Brimfield: St. Bede returns for its third year at the Brimfield Turkey Tournament. The round-robin event is spread out from Nov. 22-30 with the boys field entering the mix on Nov. 25.

Tom McGunnigal and his Lady Bruins will tip off their season at 6:30 p.m. Friday vs. tournament newcomer LeRoy and then face the host Indians the defending champion at 3 p.m., on Nov. 23. Next up are games vs. Kewanee at 6 p.m. Nov. 27, vs. Wethersfield at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 29 and vs. Princeville at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 30.

McGunnigal said facing teams they don’t see during the season “always provides us different looks on all ends of the floor.”

Boys tournament: The boys finished their first week of practice with one to go before starting up tournament play. Here’s a quick look at their tournament sites:

Princeton makes its debut at Orion (Nov. 25-30), St. Bede plays at Oregon (Nov. 25-30), LaMoille/Ohio will be at Ashton-Franklin Center (Nov. 26-30), Bureau Valley goes to the Wally Keller Invitational at Kewanee Wethersfield (Nov. 25-30) and Hall returns to Seneca (Nov. 25-30).

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