Abby's, Dutch Bros tourneys on tap
With the holidays comes an extra helping of high school hoops in Medford.
Two annual basketball tournaments featuring 24 boys and girls teams in the primary brackets will tip off Thursday and continue through Saturday at South Medford, North Medford and Cascade Christian high schools.
The Abby’s Holiday Classic, hosted by South and North Medford, is in its 30th year and has eight boys teams.
The Dutch Bros Christmas Classic boys and girls tourney — it has a new title sponsor this year — is put on by Cascade Christian and is embarking on its 27th year. The event features eight-team boys and girls varsity brackets, and sub-varsity teams push the total number of teams to 34.
Abby’s play begins at North and South on Thursday, then moves to North for the Friday and Saturday games. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students/children. An Abby’s tournament pass is $15.
All of the Dutch Bros games are Thursday through Saturday at Cascade Christian. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students/senior citizens (55-older) and kids under 5 get in free. Tournament passes are $20 for adults and $12 for students/senior citizens.
There will be a new champion of the Abby’s tournament. West Salem, which defeated Roseburg, 74-58, for the crown last year, is not participating.
The lineup of first-round games Thursday is:
At South Medford, North Eugene (3-4) vs. Forest Grove (4-3), 6 p.m.; Red Bluff, California (2-7), vs. South Medford (3-5), 7:45 p.m.
At North Medford, Roseburg (2-7) vs. McNary (3-1), 6 p.m.; Ashland (3-3) vs. North Medford (3-4), 7:45 p.m.
North Eugene is the only ranked team in the tournament, coming in at No. 9 in the Class 5A poll. McNary and Forest Grove are the only teams with winning records.
Last year, North Medford placed fourth, beating McNary, 65-60, in its tourney finale. The Black Tornado had captured four straight titles prior to the 2018 tourney and has 10 Abby’s championships to its credit.
South Medford has claimed nine Abby’s titles. It last won in 2012. The Panthers were winless in last year’s event.
In the Dutch Bros tournament, the defending boys champion, Santiam Christian, does return. The perennially strong Class 3A team defeated Class 5A Crater, 44-40, for the title a year ago.
In the girls bracket, Crater is back to defend its title. The Comets were the class of the field in 2018, winning its three games by at least 34 points each.
Here are Thursday’s opening boys matchups in the Dutch Bros, all in the main gym at Cascade Christian and listed according to bracket pairings:
Cascade Chistian (6-0) vs. Butte Falls/Crater Lake (2-1), 3 p.m.; Dayton (5-2) vs. Hidden Valley (5-2), 9 p.m.; St. Mary’s (3-6) vs. Santiam Christian (5-3), 6 p.m.; Westside Christian (7-2) vs. Phoenix (4-2), 4:30 p.m.
Five of the teams are ranked in their respective classificatons.
In 3A, Dayton is second, Santiam Christian third, Cascade Christian eighth and Westside Christian ninth. Butte Falls is eighth in 2A.
In the Ducth Bros girls bracket in the main gym, it will be:
Cascade Christian (4-1) vs. Santiam Christian (7-2), 7:30 p.m.; Phoenix (3-3) vs. Eagle Point (3-4), 10:30 a.m.; St. Mary’s (1-8) vs. Ashland (4-1), noon; Crater (5-1) vs. Klamath Union (4-4), 1:30 p.m.
Crater is the No. 6-ranked 5A team, and Santiam Christian is ranked seventh in 3A.
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