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Lincoln Thanksgiving Tournament (Nov. 22-27)

➜ Local teams: Centennial, Danville, Mahomet-Seymour.

➜ Outlook: Getting three of the area’s big-school programs in the same event is a treat, especially for understanding who might excel this winter and into the Class 3A postseason.

Schlarman Topper Classic (Nov. 22-27)

➜ Local teams: Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin, La Salette, Milford, St. Thomas More, Schlarman.

➜ Outlook: BHRA, Milford and STM all will return quite a bit of veteran talent this season, making this an intriguing test.

St. Joseph-Ogden

Toyota of Danville Classic (Nov. 30-Dec. 4)

➜ Local teams: Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, Cissna Park, Georgetown-Ridge Farm, La Salette, Oakwood, St. Joseph-Ogden, Schlarman, Watseka.

➜ Outlook: There’s all sorts of small-school local talent swimming around in this tournament pool.

Watseka Holiday Tournament (Dec. 16-21)

➜ Local teams: Cissna Park, Hoopeston Area, Iroquois West, La Salette, Milford, Watseka, Westville.

➜ Outlook: Similar to the Schlarman and St. Joseph-Ogden tournaments earlier in the season, this is a good small-school proving ground before league play ramps up.

BSN Classic (Dec. 27-29)

➜ Local teams: Armstrong-Potomac, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin, Georgetown-Ridge Farm, Heritage, Judah Christian, Milford, Salt Fork.

➜ Outlook: BHRA and Heritage typically host this event before teams come to Bismarck for final day.

Monticello Holiday Hoopla (Dec. 27-29)

➜ Local teams: ClintonGibson City-Melvin-Sibley, Monticello, Oakwood, Paxton-Buckley-Loda, Ridgeview, Tuscola.

➜ Outlook: Alongside the simultaneously-run girls’ tournament, it’s a can’t-miss event before the year ends. Plus it has a fantastic name with “Hoopla.”

State Farm Holiday Classic (Dec. 27-30)

➜ Local teams: Mahomet-Seymour, St. Joseph-Ogden.

➜ Outlook: Big-school and small-school fields highlight an annual staple in Bloomington-Normal.

Pontiac Holiday Tournament (Dec. 28-30)

➜ Local team: Danville.

➜ Outlook: The 16-team tournament is always filled with history and plenty of state title contenders.

Centralia Holiday Tournament (Dec. 28-30)

➜ Local team: Champaign Central

➜ Outlook: Maroons will head south for what is a premier destination for high school hoops’ fans.

Colin Likas is the preps coordinator at The News-Gazette. He can be reached at, or on Twitter at @clikasNG.

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Colin Likas covers Illinois football and high school sports at The News-Gazette. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@clikasNG).

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