Boys hoops teams set for mid-winter tourneys

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Waterloo's Ross Schrader goes up for a shot against Columbia defender Greg Long during the recent holiday tournament at Columbia. (John Spytek photo)
Waterloo’s Ross Schrader goes up for a shot against Columbia defender Greg Long during the recent holiday tournament at Columbia. (John Spytek photo)

The Columbia, Waterloo and Gibault boys basketball teams are getting set to compete in prominent area mid-winter tournaments at the end of January. The Eagles are playing in the Chick-fil-A Classic at Belleville East High School. The Bulldogs will attempt to win their third title in four years at the 52nd annual Sparta Mid-Winter Classic. The Hawks will participate in the competitive Okawville Invitational Tournament. All three teams begin tourney play on Tuesday night, Jan. 19.

Here is a look at their upcoming tourney schedules:

Chick-fil-A Classic at Belleville East

Tuesday, Jan. 19: Columbia vs. Belleville East, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 21: Columbia vs. Althoff, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 23: Columbia vs. Belleville West, 5 p.m.

Sparta Mid-Winter Classic 

Tuesday, Jan. 19: Waterloo vs. DuQuoin, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 21: Waterloo vs. Murphysboro, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 22: Waterloo vs. Red Bud, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday: pending results of earlier games

Okawville Invitational Tournament

Tuesday, Jan. 19: Gibault vs. Vandalia, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 21: Gibault vs. Wesclin, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 22: Gibault vs. Madison, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 23: Gibault vs. Okawville, 7:30 p.m.

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