This weekend marks the 59th annual Snowball Classic basketball tournament (Sr. Boys) and marks the second time Mt. Vernon Knights from New York is participating. Mt. Vernon won the championship in 2016. The Knights defeated the Kelowna Owls 104-87 in the 2016 final, and the program went on to capture a New York state championship in 2017.
Local teams competing include: the W.J. Mouat Hawks, MEI Eagles and the Robert Bateman Timberwolves. Mouat first game is versus Charles Tupper on Jan. 17 at 10:45 a.m., while the Timberwolves versus Belmont on Jan. 17 at 9 a.m.
Besides the Knights, the other teams receiving first round byes include: Kelowna, Walnut Grove Gators and Burnaby South (last year’s AAAA BC Champions). These teams are considered the top teams in the tournament.
The Abbotsford Basketball Association will be sponsoring the “Best of Abby” award which is awarded to the Most Valuable Player from an Abbotsford team participating in the tournament.
The 2019 Snowball Classic final is scheduled to tip off on Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. All games occur inside the Abbotsford Senior Secondary gym. For more information on the event, visit facebook.com/snowballtournament.
Ravenball hosts Grade 8 Boys and Girls
Alongside the Snowball Classic is the Ravenball basketball tournament (Grade 8 Boys and Girls) which will be hosting 16 teams from all across the Fraser Valley. All games are hosted at Eugene Reimer Middle School and Rick Hansen Secondary. Local teams participating are Eugene Reimer, Clayburn and Abbotsford Traditional Middle.
The tournament tips off Jan. 18th 11:00am with host Eugene Reimer Girls at Eugene Reimer versing Mt. Slesse and then at 1:00pm with host Eugene Reimer Boys at Eugene Reimer versing Heritage Park. This tournament is electric and a must-watch, organizer and Athletic Director of Eugene Reimer Robb Rutley has invited some of the top grade 8 teams in the province.
Bulldogs Classic draws some of the top BC teams in Grade 8
And another marquee tournament is the Howe Bulldogs Classic (Grade 8 Boys) which will feature another crop of the top Grade 8 Boys teams in the province. Local teams participating are Gordie Howe Middle, W.A. Fraser Middle and Abby Middle. On Tuesday January 15th was the APD City Basketball Tournament final rematch between Gordie Howe and Abby Middle, a great game from both sides but saw Abby Middle taking the rematch victory after Howe Middle won in the APD City Basketball Tournament final. This weekend could be another rematch between the two powerhouses, whom are two of the top Grade 8 Boys teams in British Columbia.
The tournament tips off on Friday Jan. 18th at 1:30pm with host Gordie Howe Middle versus Brookswood Secondary.
These three tournaments are great for families to attend and watch!
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