“It’s great. If you don’t play during that (vacation) time, it’s probably 10 days without a game over the break,” Lewis said. “We like the competition. It’s meaningful games and a good experience for the kids.”
Joining the Beverly Invitational made perfect sense for Fenwick and first-year coach John Preziosa.
“We’re excited. Being a new coach i was trying to get us big game and good, competitive games,” Preziosa said. “That’s a nice facility and traditionally it’s been a really competitive Christmas tournament, so we were really happy to get in.”
In addition to the Beverly Invitational, Marblehead and North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie will be participating in the Saugus Tournament later this week. Marblehead and Northeast Regional kick off that tournament on Friday night (5:30 p.m.) with North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie and Saugus playing immediately after.
Swampscott and Danvers will also be keeping busy in the Malden Catholic Tournament. Swampscott will play Arlington Catholic in the opening game Saturday afternoon (1 p.m.) while Danvers and Malden Catholic will play at 4 p.m.
Ipswich and Hamilton-Wenham are continuing their holiday tradition this year by competing in the Gloucester Tournament. Hamilton-Wenhm and Manchester Essex play first at 1 p.m. Sunday, followed by Ipswich and Gloucester, tentatively set for 2:30 p.m.
Pingree will be heading south for its vacation, playing in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla. The Highlanders open against Mercyhurst Prep of Pennsylvania Friday and are scheduled to also play games on Saturday and Monday.
It’s a six-day trip of fun, basketball and relaxation (in no particular order) that Pingree coach Steve Gibbs feels this group of players has earned.
“I did this with the team six years ago and this weather is so delightful I picked the right year to go away,” Gibbs said. “I have a nucleus of seniors on the team and I did promise them a trip at some point. They spent a lot of time in the spring fundraising.”