Elmhurst boys hoops teams near home for holidays

Published: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 5:30 p.m. CDT
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(Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com)
Timothy Christian's Connor VanderBrug shoots a reverse layup in the Trojans' game with Riverside Brookfield in Elmhurst on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.

The holiday season brings with it festive family gatherings, wintry weather, and high school basketball tournaments. All three Elmhurst boys teams will remain pretty close to home as they compete in their holiday tournaments.

York

Tournament: Jack Tosh Holiday Classic

Location: York High School, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst

First game: 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, vs. Robeson

What to watch: The Dukes are the defending champions of this tournament, but it will feature a much different format this time around. The field has expanded from 12 to 32 teams.

York is still undefeated and will be hoping to carry that perfect record into the New Year. Tonight’s game against Glenbard West is the final contest before the Dukes close out the year with the tournament.

First up is Robeson, followed by either Bremen or Sandburg. On paper the Dukes should be capable of making another run at the title.

Timothy Christian

Tournament: Jack Tosh Holiday Classic

Location: York High School, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst

First game: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, vs. Elk Grove

What to watch: Connor VanderBrug and the Trojans are one of the many new additions to York’s newly-expanded 32-team tournament.

Timothy faces a tough draw in the first round. Elk Grove has the early lead in the Mid Suburban League East. The Grenadiers are just one example of the bigger schools in the field that will provide the Trojans a stiff challenge throughout the tournament. Most of the tournament teams are Class 4A schools, 24 of the 32 in fact.

The Trojans have done well to start the season thanks in large part to the play of VanderBrug. The senior forward is a double-double machine and leads Timothy in scoring.

IC Catholic

Tournament: IC/Westmont Invite

Location: 217 S. Cottage Hill, Elmhurst

First game: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, vs. Elmwood Park

What to watch: IC co-hosts this tournament with Westmont. The Knights have Elmwood Park, Latin and Evergreen Park as pool play opponents.

IC has won this tournament each of the past two years and will hope they can do so again after starting the season 7-1.

Sophomore Rhashaun Epting and senior Clark Brinkman have led the Knights this season. IC has been able to play at a high tempo, averaging just over 72 points per game in each of its seven wins.

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