County basketball tournament starts Dec. 27

BY KEVIN WOODRUFF

On Tuesday afternoon, the Susquehanna County Christmas Basketball Tournament will kick off atSusquehannaCommunityHigh School.

The returning champion on the boys’ side isBlue Ridge, which defeatedElkLakein the finals atMontroseHigh Schoollast year by a score of 62-44.

On the girls’ side, Montrose Area defeatedElkLakein the tournament championship on the Meteors’ home court by a score of 53-22.

The first game on the schedule will be a girls’ matchup betweenBlue Ridgeand Montrose on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at2 p.m., followed by the second first round girls’ game betweenElkLakeand Susquehanna at3:30 p.m.

First round boys’ games will seeBlue Ridgefacing Montrose on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at6 p.m., followed byElkLakesquaring off against Susquehanna at7:30 p.m.

All game will be played in theSusquehannaCommunityHigh Schoolgym.

The championship round of the tournament will be held on Thursday, Dec. 29, with the girls’ consolation game featuring the two losing girls’ teams from the first round, will take place at 2 p.m., followed by the boys’ consolation game at 3:30 p.m.

Championship games for the boys and girls will be held starting at6 p.m.with the girls’ championship, followed by the boys’ championship at7:30 p.m.

Returning to the court forBlue Ridge’s boys this season are All-Tournament team members Alex Cardoza and Sawyer Dearborn, whileElkLake’s Rob Heft will be a force on the court as will Montrose’s Colby Major and Susquehanna’s Andrzej Tomczyk.

On the girls’ side, a one-two combo of Montrose’s Dallas Ely and Sara Krupinski, both 2010 All-Tournament selections, along withElkLake’s Meghan Bush,Blue Ridge’s Kristen Brown and Susquehanna’s Brianna Bianco are sure to bring excitement to the court.

This year is the sixth year that The Community Foundation of Susquehanna andWyomingCountieshas sponsored the Susquehanna County Basketball Tournament by managing a scholarship endowment for players on the teams involved.

Proceeds from ticket sales and donations will benefit the college scholarship.

Director of Development for the Community Foundation Peter Quigg said that tax deductible donations can be made year round to the scholarship endowment.

Checks can be made out to the “Basketball Tournament Fund,” and mailed to36 Lake Avenue,Montrose,PA18801.

For more information about the scholarship fund please contact Community Foundation Director of Development, Peter Quigg, at 278-3800.

Ticket prices for the tournaments are $4 for adults per night, $2 for students and $3 for senior citizens.