One of LaRue County High School boys’ head basketball coach Paul Childress’ favorite Christmas traditions, the Magnolia Bank Holiday Classic, has returned to the Hawks’ schedule this year.
Starting today, LaRue County (6-2) welcomes Crittenden County (4-2), Grayson County (6-4), Logan County (0-8), Nelson County (1-7), Owensboro Apollo (0-8), Rockcastle County (6-6) and Whitley County (5-1) to Hodgenville for the annual post-Christmas tournament.
The first round kicks off at 3 p.m., when Apollo takes on Rockcastle County. Crittenden County and Whitley County meet at 4:30, LaRue County faces Logan County at 6:30 and Grayson County plays Nelson County at 8.
The consolation bracket semifinals are at 3 and 4:30 p.m., with the winner’s bracket semis set for 6:30 and 8 p.m. Wednesday.
On Thursday, the seventh-place game starts at 2 p.m. the fifth-place game begins at 3:30, the third-place contest starts at 5:30 and the championship game is slated for 7.
“We have put on our annual holiday classic for 16 years,” Childress said. “We always look forward to hosting our holiday classic. It allows us to stay home instead of being on the road. Our parents and fans can watch some basketball during the off time of Christmas break as well.
“We have had great success in attracting quality teams over the years and have established the holiday classic as one of the longest standing holiday tournaments in the area,” he added.