Local hoops teams tip off season today

Local basketball fans will have a full slate of action this weekend, as the high school winter sports season gets under way today with tip-off tournaments throughout the area.

Varsity, junior varsity and junior high boys and girls teams will visit Mifflin County for the Husky Club Tip-Off Challenge, with games at both the high school and junior high gymnasiums.

Today’s schedule for the Husky Challenge is filled exclusively with girls varsity action as Southern Huntingdon and Bellefonte fill the first time slot at 5 p.m. Juniata then kicks off its season with a game against Central Mountain at 6:30 p.m. and Mifflin County takes the prime 8 p.m. slot against Williamsport. All games will be played at the high school gym.

Saturday, the Mifflin County JV girls will begin play at the high school gym with a 2:30 p.m. matchup against Williamsport. The Juniata girls varsity will have its second game of the challenge at 5:30 p.m. against Bellefonte, the Mifflin County girls varsity and Central Mountain will square off at 7 p.m. and the Mifflin County boys varsity will complete the Husky Challenge with an 8:30 p.m. game against Central Mountain.

To make up for the loss of its game today, the boys varsity team will host New Hope Charter Academy Jan. 11.

Saturday’s other games at the Husky Challenge will be held at the junior high gym. Mifflin County games include the junior high girls B team against Milton-Hershey and Milton at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. respectively, the junior high girls A team against the same two opponents at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and the JV boys versus Central Mountain at 6 p.m.

Other local tournaments are as follows:

Local action at The Belleville Tip-Off Tournament will start with today’s 7 p.m. matchup between the Belleville Mennonite girls and Great Commission. The boys team will begin its first season as the Thunder with an 8:30 p.m. game against Great Commission. Other teams at the tournament are Columbia County Christian (boys and girls), Northumberland Christian (boys) and Johnstown Christian (girls).

Saturday’s schedule has the girls’ consolation and championship games at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. respectively, while the boys consolation is at 12:30 p.m. and the championship is at 3:30 p.m.

The Juniata boys and Mount Union boys will get an early taste of the District 6 opposition when they face off at 6 p.m. today for the first round of the Southern Huntingdon Tip-Off Tournament. Other teams at the tournament include Southern Huntingdon and Fairfield. Saturday’s slate includes a 6 p.m. consolation game and an 8 p.m. championship.

The Greenwood girls will play host to Newport, West Perry and Susquenita for the Perry County Tournament as the Wildcats get into the season with a 7:30 p.m. game against Susquenita today.

Saturday, the consolation is at 6 p.m. and the championship is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Greenwood boys travel out of the county for the Paul Corby Tip-Off Tournament at Boiling Springs. The Wildcats have a 6 p.m. game today against Spring Grove. Saturday’s schedule is the consolation at 6 p.m. and the championship at 7:30 p.m. Northern York is the fourth team in the tournament.

Juniata Mennonite travels to the Cambria County Christian Tournament for a 5 p.m. girls game today against Fulton County Christian and an 8 p.m. matchup for the boys against Cambria County.

Saturday, the girls have an 11 a.m. consolation and a 2 p.m. championship, while the boys’ consolation and championship are at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. respectively.

Non-tournament games over the weekend are as follows:

Midd-West girls at East Juniata, 7:30 p.m. today.

Mount Union girls at McConnellsburg, 7:30 p.m. today.

Midd-West boys at Montgomery, 7:30 p.m. today.

Off the basketball court, the Mifflin County grapplers travel to the Ephrata Duals, the Juniata grapplers head to the Wyalusing Valley Duals and Midd-West goes to the Newport Tournament on Saturday. The Midd-West bowling team also will compete at the Reading Icebreaker Tournament and the Mifflin County competitive spirit team will enter the Jingle Bell Battle Saturday.