Area clubs scatter to all corners of state for tourneys
News-Sun staff report December 24, 2012 4:26PM
Jabari Parker announces his signing with Duke during a press conference at Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, Ill., on Thursday, December 20, 2012. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media
WEDNESDAY’S AREA GAMES
Northridge Prep vs. McHenry, 4
Richmond vs. Grayslake North, 5:30
Grant vs. Round Lake, 7
AT HINSDALE SOUTH
Lake Forest vs. Sandburg, 8:30 a.m.
Stagg vs. Highland Park, 1:15
Zion-Benton vs. Johnsburg, 10:30 a.m.
Lakes vs. Jacobs, 7:30
AT PROVISO WEST
Stevenson vs. Hinsdale Central, 12:15
North Chicago vs. Illinois Valley Central, 4:30
Normal U-High vs. Grayslake Central, 9
Deerfield vs. Maine West, 10:30 a.m.
Loyola vs. Carmel, 2
Vernon Hills vs. Niles North, 5:30
Notre Dame vs. Libertyville, 7:15
AT TORREY PINES, CALIF
Mundelein vs. El Cerrito
Warren & Waukegan at Pontiac
Antioch & Wauconda at Marengo
Lake Zurich at Pekin
Updated: February 23, 2013 2:19AM
The December holiday season always is the busiest time of year in terms of shopping.
It’s also the busiest time of year for high school basketball teams, as clubs travel to parts near and far for tournament play — four games in four days, five games in five days, etc.
This December, area teams are heading to several different locations, ranging from as close at Grant High School in Fox Lake to as far away as Torrey Pines, Calif., which is where Mundelein is playing this week.
Among the changes from last year, Lakes is playing at the Jacobs tourney instead of at Grant, and Stevenson is playing at Proviso West instead of at Wheeling.
Some of the tournaments got under way last Saturday and almost everyone will be in action on Wednesday. The exceptions are at Pontiac (Waukegan and Warren), and at Pekin (Lake Zurich), as both those events start on Thursday.
Stevenson is now part of a 32-team tournament at Proviso West.
Lake Forest is the top seed and projected to win the title at Hinsdale South.
At Pontiac, three-time defending state champion Simeon from Chicago is in the field.
The good news for Waukegan and Warren — the local teams at Pontiac — is that they are in the top half of the bracket and Simeon is in the bottom half.