By DAVID CLAYBOURN
Bland and Celeste will start their three-day basketball tournaments today.
The Bland Invitational in Merit features eight boys and eight girls teams, tipping off at 9 a.m. with the Campbell girls against Home School Athletic Association. Other girls games pit Leonard against Sulphur Bluff, Detroit vs. Ector and Bland against the Caddo Mills junior varsity at 5 p.m.
Bland’s Tigers will open the boys division at 6:30 p.m. against McKinney Christian. Other boys games pit Community against Dodd City, Leonard vs. Sulphur Bluff and Campbell against Ector.
Bland won the boys division last year with a 48-42 victory in the finals over Ector, while Leonard beat McKinney Christian 42-38 in the girls finals.
The Bland tournament continues through Saturday, with the girls championship at 3:20 p.m., followed by the boys finals at 4:40.
Eight boys and eight girls teams will contend for the championships at the Celeste tournament. It tips off at 4 p.m. today with girls games in the Celeste High School and Junior High gymnasiums.
Celeste opens the boys division at 8:30 tonight against Savoy. Other boys first-round games will pit Tom Bean against Wolfe City, Yantis vs. Boles and Fannindel against Honey Grove.
Celeste’s Lady Devils will play at 7 p.m. against Savoy. Other girls first-round contests pit the Celeste JV against Trenton, Yantis against Boles and Fannindel vs. Honey Grove.
Celeste beat Caddo Mills, 45-23, in the girls finals last year while Honey Grove downed Lone Oak, 35-27.
Bland Invitational Tournament
9 a.m. — Girls game: HSAA vs. Campbell
10:20 a.m. — Boys game: Community vs. Dodd City
11:40 a.m. — Girls game: Leonard vs. Sulphur Bluff
1 p.m. — Boys game: Leonard vs. Sulphur Bluff
2:20 p.m. — Girls game: Detroit vs. Ector
3:40 p.m. — Boys game: Campbell vs. Ector
5 p.m. — Girls game: Bland vs. Caddo Mills JV
6:20 p.m. — Boys game: Bland vs. McKinney Christian
Celeste basketball tournament
4 p.m. — Girls game: Celeste JV vs. Trenton, JH gym
4 p.m. — Girls game: Fannindel vs. Honey Grove, HS gym
5:30 p.m. — Boys game: Tom Bean vs. Wolfe City, JH gym
5:30 p.m. — Boys game: Fannindel vs. Honey Grove, HS gym
7 p.m. — Girls game: Yantis vs. Boles, JH gym
7 p.m. — Girls game: Savoy vs. Celeste, HS gym
8:30 p.m. — Boys game: Yantis vs. Boles, JH gym
8:30 p.m. — Boys game: Savoy vs. Celeste, HS gym