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Bruins join Tigers for some Plano Christmas

St. Bede will join Princeton for the 51st annual Plano Christmas Classic, which gets underway Monday.

The Bruins (5-3), who spent the past three Christmas weeks at Marseilles, drew the 15 seed and an opening round game vs. Somonauk. St. Bede will first play for third place in the Colmone Classic at Hall Saturday.

Princeton (2-6) was unseeded, drawing the host Reapers (3-4), the No. 14 seed, at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Their winner feeds into No. 3 Coal City.

Coal City took a 5-0 record into Friday’s game vs. Sandwich, having won its own Thanksgiving Tournament. The Coalers are a two-time classic champion, having placed first in 1998 and 2002, as well as second in 1992.

Defending champion Ottawa (7-1) brings in the No. 1 seed. The Pirates upset top-seeded Belvidere 55-53 in last year’s title game. Princeton played the Pirates close throughout Tuesday before falling 71-62

Other top seeds are No. 2 Burlington Central (7-2), No. 3 Coal City, No. 4 Maple Park Kaneland (4-2), No. 5 Genoa-Kingston (7-1), No. 6 Morris (5-1), No. 7 Dixon (10-0) and No. 8 Seneca (6-1). Mendota, the No. 9 seed, will face Wilmington (1-7) at 12:3 p.m. Monday.

The Princeton sophomores will face Sandwich at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the 16-team tournament accompanying the varsity main event. The Kittens (6-1) are seeded second behind Yorkville.

At Erie: The Bureau Valley boys will join their girls team at the Warkins Memorial Classic in Erie. The Storm (6-4) are pooled with Mercer County, Orion, Peoria Heights, Riverdale and Stockton, playing everyone but Stockton.

At Princeville: Henry (10-0) is the No. 1 seed for the 86th annual Princeville Holiday Tournament which starts Thursday. The Mallards open at 6:30 p.m. Thursday vs. No. 7. North Fulton. No. 6 DePue squares off vs. No. 3 Galva at 2 p.m. Thursday.

At Marseilles: Defending champ Putnam County (8-1) takes the No. 1 seed into tournament play beginning Thursday. The Panthers will face Leland/Earlville at 5 p.m.
Hall (4-4) and LaMoille/Ohio make the trip there, too. The Red Devils meet Serena at 6:30 p.m. Thursday with the Lions to face No. 2 Dwight at 10:30 a.m.

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