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Minden Holiday Classic tips off Wednesday

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The 26th annual Minden Holiday Classic basketball tournament begins Wednesday at three locations around the city of Minden. The Crimson Tide and Lady Tiders enter the tournament fresh off championships in last week's Doyline Tournament.

The 26th Annual Minden Holiday Classic tips off Wednesday, Dec. 14, at three locations around the city of Minden.

This year’s tournament boasts another talented field of 26 teams, combining both the boys and girls bracket.

Wednesday
4 p.m.
N. Webster vs. Haughton (Girls – MHS gym)
Lakeside vs. Camden (AR) (Girls – Webster Jr. High)
Evangel vs. Gibsland-Coleman (Girls – Rec. Center)

5:20 p.m.
N. Webster vs. Haughton (Boys – MHS gym)
Red River vs. Camden (AR) (Boys – Webster Jr. High)
Northwood vs. Lakeside (Boys – Rec. Center)

6:40 p.m.
Doyline vs. Mansfield (Girls – MHS gym)
Red River vs. Summerfield (Girls – Webster Jr. High)
Homer vs. Ruston (Girls – Rec. Center)

8 p.m.
Minden vs. Doyline (Boys – MHS gym)
Summerfield vs. Homer (Boys – Webster Jr. High)
Gibsland-Coleman vs. Calvary (Boys – Rec. Center)

Thursday
8 p.m.
Minden vs. Calvary (Girls – MHS gym)

Quarterfinal play will continue at three locations on Thursday before shifting to two locations on Friday (MHS gym and Rec. Center). The consolation and winners bracket championship games will be played Saturday at The Palace. The girls title game is slated to tip at 6:40 p.m. with the boys championship to follow.

Minden High Athletic Director and Dean of Students J. Todd Patterson believes this year’s Classic will be another success.

“Both our teams are doing well this year,” Patterson said. “We have two hometown boys coaching our teams and this tournament gives Minden a lot of exposure. It helps us monetarily, no doubt, but we also spread the wealth by playing at three locations. We really expect some good crowds this year.”