Tonganoxie Invitational begins Monday
Tonganoxie High will host one of the state's longest running basketball tournaments next week when the Tonganoxie Invitational returns to returns for its 55th year. Games will begin at 1 p.m. Monday and continue throughout the week in the THS east gymnasium.
This year's boys tournament will be conducted in a slightly different format, as there are only seven teams in the field. Teams have been broken into two pools with Tonganoxie, Jeff West and Eudora in the "red pool" and Holton, De Soto, Atchison and Blue Valley Southwest in the "white pool."
The red pool will play a round-robin schedule on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. THS opens against Jeff West at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The white pool will play in a bracket format with semifinals on Monday and championship/consolation finals on Friday.
The first-, second- and third-place finishers from each pool will meet on Saturday. The championship game, tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m., will close out the week's competition.
The boys tournament will have a new champion this year, as 2013 champ Lansing is absent from the 2014 field. THS finished fourth at its home tournament a season ago. Jeff West is a new addition to this year's tournament, replacing Bishop Seabury.
The girls tournament, now in its 11th year, will be conducted in the traditional, eight-team bracket format. The field is comprised of Tonganoxie, Eudora, Silver Lake, Atchison, Lansing, De Soto, Chanute and Jeff West.
Quarterfinal games will take place Monday and Tuesday. The Chieftains will face Eudora in their opener at 6 p.m. Tuesday. All championship/consolation games will be played Thursday. The final round will take place Saturday, starting with the seventh-place game at 9 a.m. and ending with the championship at about 4:30 p.m.
Chanute returns as the reigning tournament champ. The Chieftain girls fell to CHS on a buzzer-beater in the semis and went on to finish fourth. Like in the boys tournament, newcomer Jeff West replaces Seabury.
Both THS teams will get one more tune-up opportunity when they host Turner on Friday. Tournament information will be available throughout the week at tonganoxiemirror.com. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for additional updates. Use the hashtag #MirrorSports to join the conversation on Twitter.