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Mendota returns as Colmone champion

SPRING VALLEY — The 2013 Colmone Classic has been set up with some addition and subtraction.

Both Plano and Sherrard exited the field after last year’s tournament. Quest Academy from Peoria has filled one spot. The other was to be Chicago Harper, which later withdrew from the tournament.

The only interested party was Chicago Farragut, who as a 3A regional finalist last year proved to not be a good fit for the 2A field. That led Hall to place its JV squad to round out this year’s tournament field.

Defending champion Mendota (5-1) returns in the White Pool, joined by St. Bede, Bureau Valley and the Hall JV. The Red Pool is headed by perennial Colmone power Fieldcrest along with the host Red Devils, Quest Academy and Stark County.

The hoopla tips-off Monday with St. Bede facing coach Mike Kilmartin’s alma mater and former team, Mendota at 5 p.m. The next game pits Fieldcrest vs. Stark County with Hall and Quest Academy in the nightcap at 8 p.m.

The Bureau Valley Storm enter the competition at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday vs. Mendota. The first game of the night has St. Bede vs. the Hall JV at 5 p.m.

Pool play continues Wednesday and Dec. 20 with the finals round to begin at 3 p.m. on Dec. 21.

Mendota de-throned Fieldcrest 67-62 to cop its first Colmone Classic championship. Fieldcrest had won three straight, eight of the previous 10 tournaments and 11 overall.

In other boys sites, Princeton and St. Bede will play at the Plano Christmas Classic Dec. 23-30, Bureau Valley will be at the Erie Warkins Memorial Classic Dec. 26-30, Hall will be at Marquette Dec. 26-30 and DePue will be at Princeville Dec. 28-29.

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