Holiday hoop tournaments galore open season

November 19, 2018 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365

Pinnacle boys raised the 6A basketball title trophy last February and are one of several teams playing an early invitational Nov. 19. (AzPreps365 photo).

The 2018-2019 boys and girls basketball season begins Thanksgiving week with invitationals dotting the landscape across the Valley, Tucson and elsewhere.

The tournaments, some starting as soon as Monday Nov. 19 and continuing through Nov. 24, in the Valley are listed below:


Phoenix Union Coyote Classic (hosted by South Mtn., Central, North high schools) - Nov. 19-21, 23-24

Participants: Mountain Ridge, Red Mountain, South Mountain, Willow Canyon, McClintock, Marana, Central, Desert Mountain, Paradise Valley, Valley Vista, Mountain Pointe, Mesquite, Sunrise Mountain, Maryvale, Alhambra, Carl Hayden, Marcos de Niza, Cesar Chavez, Trevor Browne, North, Camelback, Arcadia, Betty H. Fairfax, Metro Tech.

Fear the Hop (hosted by Mesa High) - Nov. 19-21, 24

Participants: Saguaro, Boulder Creek, Centennial, Mesa, Queen Creek, Campo Verde, Corona del Sol, American Leadership Academy- Queen Creek, Highland.

Sunnyslope Hoopsgiving Tournament (hosted by Sunnyslope and Sandra Day O'Connor high schools) - Nov. 19-21, 23

Participants: Thunderbird, Deer Valley, Ironwood, Sunnyslope, Estrella Foothills, Greenway, Glendale Prep, Liberty, Sandra Day O'Connor, Apollo, Chaparral, Moon Valley, Verrado, Peoria, Rancho Solano Prep, Sturgeon Composite (Canada)

Welcome to the Jungle (hosted by Gilbert HS) - Nov. 19-21, 23

Participants: Chandler, Pinnacle, Basha, Westview, Perry, Gilbert, Williams Field, Desert Ridge

Poston Butte Thanksgiving Shootout (hosted by Poston Butte HS) - Nov. 19-21

Participants: San Manuel,  Casteel, Poston Butte, Florence, Casa Grande, Combs

Independence Thanksgiving Tournament (hosted by Independence HS) Nov. 19-21, 23-24

Participants: Cortez, Notre Dame Prep, Independence, Dysart, Tolleson, Raymond Kellis, Washington, Westwood

Panthers Hoop Classic (hosted by Paradise Honors HS) - Nov. 21,  23-24

Participants: Trivium Prep, Odyssey Institute, Coronado, Gilbert Classical, Wickenburg, Northland Prep, Desert Edge, ASU Preparatory Academy; Chino Valley, American Leadership Academy - Ironwood, Cicero Prep, Heritage Academy Laveen.

Benjamin Franklin-Gilbert Christian Thanksgiving Classic (hosted by Benjamin Franklin and Gilbert Christian high schools) - Nov. 23-24

Participants: Kingman Academy, Superior, Vista Grande, Holbrook, Gilbert Christian, AZ College Prep, Arete Prep, Miami, Benjamin Franklin, American Leadership Academy - Gilbert North

Valley Christian Invitational (hosted by Valley Christian and Horizon Honors high schools) - Nov. 23-24

Participants: Goldwater, Mingus, Pusch Ridge, Bradshaw Mountain, Morenci,  Valley Christian, Globe, Mohave, Maricopa, Kingman, Sabino, Coolidge, Fountain Hills, Horizon Honors, Sierra Linda, Tri-City (CA) Christian School



Miner Webster Thanksgiving Jamboree (hosted by Highland and Campo Verde high schools) - Nov. 19-21, 23

Participants: Chandler, Red Mountain, Horizon, Hamilton, Pinnacle, Cibola, Seton Catholic, Desert Vista, Desert Mountain, Sabino, Westview, Valley Vista, Mountain Pointe, Gilbert, Chaparral, Skyline, Campo Verde, Desert Ridge, Pueblo, Highland, Imperial (CA).

Basha Thanksgiving Tournament (hosted by Basha HS) - Nov. 19-20

Participants: Goldwater, Ironwood Ridge, Cortez, Casteel, Basha, Casa Grande

Skyhawks Thanksgiving Tournament (hosted by Deer Valley HS) - Nov. 19-21

Participants: Mountain Ridge, Deer Valley, Ironwood, Greenway, Willow Canyon, Shadow Ridge, North Canyon, Corona del Sol

Lady Blackhawk Invitational (hosted by Williams Field HS) - Nov. 19-21

Participants: La Joya, McClintock, Mesa Mountain View, Mesa High, Queen Creek, Benjamin Franklin, Williams Field, Apache Junction

Moon Valley Feast or Famine Tournament (hosted by Moon Valley HS) - Nov. 19-21, 23

Participants:  Notre Dame Prep, Flowing Wells, Boulder Creek, Sunnyslope, Liberty, Agua Fria, Sunrise Mountain, Apollo, Shadow Mountain, Moon Valle, Cesar Chavez, North, Peoria, Cactus Shadows, Arcadia, Westwood, Betty Fairfax.

Scorpion Shootout (hosted by Desert Edge HS) - Nov. 23-24

Participants: Thunderbird, Coconino, Gila Ridge, Payson, Vista Grande, Prescott, Maricopa, Tucson, AZ College Prep, Shadow Ridge, Dobson, Sandra Day O'Connor, Xavier Prep, Desert Edge, Trevor Browne, Verrado