The Indianapolis 500 is held every year over Memorial Day weekend. Alabama’s football rivalry with Tennessee made “The Third Saturday in October” famous. The first week in April typically features not only the Final Four, but also baseball’s opening day.
Certain sports or sporting events share their identity with specific dates on the calendar. The third Monday of each January means Martin Luther King Jr. Day and quality high school basketball – much of it played to honor King’s activist efforts and civil rights achievements.
One of the biggest annual MLK events is held in Chicago, where nearly 70 boys and girls teams will play over three days at Whitney Young High School.
Seattle’s King Holiday Hoopfest is held every year on the holiday at the Bank of America Arena on the University of Washington campus. The event drew over 8,000 fans last year for a showdown between city powers Garfield and Franklin. This year’s highlight is a matchup between Jefferson of Portland, Ore., and Federal Way. Both teams are ranked No. 1 within their respective classification.
The weekend’s top ticket, however, will be at the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., where nine nationally-ranked teams take the court over three days.
Key games include No. 3 Northland (Columbus, Ohio) vs. No. 15 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) on Saturday, and back-to-back Monday contests pitting No. 1 St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) vs. No. 7 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), then No. 5 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) vs. No. 17 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.).
The Bass Pro Tournament of Champions begins today in Springfield, Mo., with eight teams from six states vying to reach Saturday’s title game.
Read on for complete lineups and game times.
Bass Pro Tournament of Champions
JQH Arena – Springfield, Mo.
Thursday first-round pairings
5 p.m. – Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.) vs. Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.)
6:30 p.m. – No. 12 Milton (Alpharetta, Ga.) vs. Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.)
8 p.m. – White Station (Memphis, Tenn.) vs. Sagemont (Weston, Fla.)
9:30 p.m. – Kickapoo (Springfield, Mo.) vs. United Faith Christian Academy (Charlotte, N.C.)
Spalding Hoophall Classic
Blake Arena – Springfield, Mass.
Friday (boys only)
7:30 p.m. – Sabis International (Springfield, Mass.) vs. Hoosac Valley (Cheshire, Mass.)
9 p.m. – Northampton (Mass.) vs. East Longmeadow (Mass.)
11 a.m. – Central (Springfield, Mass.) vs. Columbia (Huntsville, Ala.)
12:30 p.m. – Sacred Heart (Waterbury, Conn.) vs. Half Hollow Hills West (Dix Hills, N.Y.)
2 p.m. – Kentwood (Covington, Wash.) vs. Kinston (N.C.)
4 p.m. – No. 3 Northland (Columbus, Ohio) vs. No. 15 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
5:30 p.m. – Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) vs. Winter Park (Fla.)
7 p.m. – New Britain (Conn.) vs. Sci-Tech (Springfield, Mass.)
10:30 a.m. – Chicopee (Mass.) vs. Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, R.I.)
Noon – Sabis Charter (Springfield, Mass.) vs. Groton-Dunstable (Groton, Mass.)
2 p.m. – No. 16 Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia, Pa.) vs. Simeon (Chicago, Ill.)
4 p.m. – Newton North (Newtonville, Mass.) vs. St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.)
5:30 p.m. – Wareham (Mass.) vs. Westfield (Mass.)
7 p.m. – Tantasqua Regional (Fiskdale, Mass.) vs. Cathedral (Springfield, Mass.)
11 a.m. – No. 11 St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.) vs. Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.)
1 p.m. – No. 14 Westchester (Los Angeles, Calif.) vs. St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
3 p.m. – No. 1 St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) vs. No. 7 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
5 p.m. – No. 5 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) vs. No. 17 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
6:30 p.m. – School of Commerce (Springfield, Mass.) vs. Central (Springfield, Mass.)
8 p.m. – Holyoke (Mass.) vs. South Hadley (Mass.)
Flyin’ to the Hoop
Trent Arena – Kettering, Ohio
11:30 a.m. – Marion-Franklin (Columbus, Ohio) vs. Centennial (Roswell, Ga.)
1:15 p.m. – Garfield Heights (Ohio) vs. Winton Woods (Cincinnati, Ohio)
3 p.m. – Aiken (Cincinnati, Ohio) vs. Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.)
4:45 p.m. – Princeton (Cincinnati, Ohio) vs. Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
6:30 p.m. – Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood, Ohio) vs. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
8:15 p.m. – No. 7 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) vs. Benedictine (Cleveland, Ohio)
11:30 a.m. – Future Academy (N.C.) vs. Kettering (Ohio)
1:15 p.m. – Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.) vs. Kettering Alter (Kettering, Ohio)
3 p.m. – Cleveland Heights (Ohio) vs. Bacon (Cincinnati, Ohio)
4:45 p.m. – West Jessamine (Nicholasville, Ky.) vs. Centerville, Ohio)
6:30 p.m. – Flora Academy (N.C.) vs. Marshall (Dayton, Ohio)
8:15 p.m. – No. 25 Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.) vs. Dunbar (Dayton, Ohio)
11:30 a.m. – Flora Academy (N.C.) vs. Westerville North (Westerville, Ohio)
1:15 p.m. – Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) vs. Jefferson (Dayton, Ohio)
3 p.m. – Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) vs. Lakota East (Liberty Township, Ohio)
4:45 p.m. – Centennial (Roswell, Ga.) vs. Chaminade-Julienne (Dayton, Ohio)
6:30 p.m. – Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) vs. Wilmington (Ohio)
8:15 p.m. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) vs. Wayne (Huber Heights, Ohio)
King Holiday Hoopfest
Bank of America Arena – Seattle, Wash.
Monday (boys only)
9:30 a.m. King’s (Seattle, Wash.) vs. Vashon Island (Wash.)
12:30 p.m. – Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) vs. Garfield (Seattle, Wash.)
2:30 p.m. – Franklin (Seattle, Wash.) vs. Grant (Portland, Ore.)
4 p.m. – Rainier Beach (Seattle, Wash.) vs. Decatur (Federal Way, Wash.)
6 p.m. – Federal Way (Wash.) vs. Jefferson (Portland, Ore.)
7:30 p.m. – Bellevue (Wash.) vs. Enumclaw (Wash.)
Jan. 16-19 Dr. Martin Luther King Dream Classic [OFFICIAL SITE]
Whitney Young High School – Chicago, Ill.
Jan. 16, 18 MLK Basketball Classic [OFFICIAL SITE]
Wells Fargo Arena – Tempe, Ariz.
McKale Center – Tucson, Ariz.