Find My Team >>

Log in to High School OT with one click using your favorite social network:
OR
Log in using your High School OT account:



Wrong email/password combination.

Forgot password?

Register with High School OT using your favorite social network:
OR
Register for a High School OT account using our web form.
Log In
Register

Nick Stevens

Big match-ups headline opening day of Holiday Invitational

Published: 2013-12-26 00:21:00
Updated: 2013-12-26 12:37:41


Dec 26, 2013

Devin Booker of Moss Point (Miss) vs. Pascagoula. (Photo Courtesy: Mike Kittrell/GulfLive.com)

Devin Booker of Moss Point (Miss) vs. Pascagoula. (Photo Courtesy: Mike Kittrell/GulfLive.com)

In 1963, Edward Pola and George Wyle wrote a Christmas song that was recorded for the first time by singer Andy Williams. Since, musicians and artists have put their own spin on the song.

I'm talking about the Christmas song "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."

The Holiday Invitational didn't start for another nine years after the song was written, but their is certainly meaning the exists between the song and the tournament. What started as a local basketball tournament has turned into one of the top national high school basketball tournaments in the country, and quite honestly, it is one of the best times of the year.

Speaking as someone who grew up a basketball fan on Tobacco Road, being able to drive a few minutes and step into a gym where a number of future ACC players, other Division I players, and some of the top area teams are playing is incredible.

This will be my eighth season covering the Holiday Invitational, but having the privilege of being involved in such a prestigious tournament has been an honor the last three years, and I hope it is something that continues for years to come.

One of the most memorable fields for me was in 2008. I often tell the story of how hundreds of people were outside Holliday Gymnasium at Broughton High School trying to get in to see John Wall and the Word of God Holy Rams win the title. I was actually offered $50 to let someone in the backdoor that night. I, of course, did not accept it, but it shows just how popular this tournament can be.

I have no doubt this year will be just as good, and I fully expect sellout crowds each day.

Today we tip off the 42nd HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational, and if you haven't heard already, the field is loaded. Among the many Division-I players we have eight five-star players and six four-star players, making up some of the top teams in the state and the nation.

The girls field won't disappoint either. There is a lot of talent from different levels of girls basketball in North Carolina – teams that played for regional and state titles last year, players who are Division-I prospects, and even several Division-I recruits.

Tickets are $12. They're good for the entire day, and they're only available at the door. All tickets are general admission, so get there early. Once the gym fills up, the doors will be locked.

Here's a look at the schedule for Day 1:

Girls @ Cary Academy

11:00 AM - Hillside vs. Chapel Hill
12:30 PM - Broughton vs. Dudley
2:00 PM - West Craven vs. Cary
3:30 PM - Riverside vs. West Forsyth

Boys @ Broughton

10:00 AM - Wilbraham & Monson (MA) vs. Middle Creek (Summit Bracket)
11:30 AM - Apex vs. Moss Point (MS) (Shavlik Randolph Bracket)
1:00 PM - Broughton vs. Kinston (Shavlik Randolph Bracket)
2:30 PM - Garner vs. Wheeler (GA) (Shavlik Randolph Bracket)
4:00 PM - Sanderson vs. Carlisle (VA) (Summit Bracket)
5:30 PM - Trinity Christian vs. Hammond School (VA) (Summit Bracket)
7:00 PM - Clayton vs. Lake Highland Prep (FL) (Shavlik Randolph Bracket)
8:30 PM - HCYA (TX) vs. Word of God (Summit Bracket)

Follow Nick Stevens on Twitter @NickStevensHSOT

Back to Nick Stevens
COMMENTS

0 Comments



This blog post is closed for comments.

Blogs
*
More HSOT Today
*
More On The Trail
HighSchoolOT Forums
More HighSchoolOT Forums
  1. Chris__Edwards: Great crowd tonight at Memorial Stadium. #twcsports http://t.co/SCzNbNiHta
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:53 PM
  2. HighSchoolOT: Will it rain tomorrow? Greg Fishel (@gbfishel) gives you the #FootballFriday Week 1 forecast: http://t.co/yGcMIl9PNJ http://t.co/FGTgz85qWZ
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:49 PM
  3. HighSchoolOT: Don't forget to sign-up for the #FFChallenge. Pick winners each week for your chance to win gift cards from @DICKS: http://t.co/mu84RGKKak
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:45 PM
  4. Chris__Edwards: We've got a game! Heading to the fourth quarter, Hough leads Sun Valley 27-14. #twcsports
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:42 PM
  5. Chris__Edwards: Sun Valley and Hough underway in the second half. #twcsports http://t.co/FUf3edAuCI
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:15 PM
  6. Chris__Edwards: At halftime of our first game, Hough leads Sun Valley 20-7. Catch it tonight at 11:30 on TWC Channel 323. #twcsports
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:53 PM
  7. JamesAlverson: RT @steveloganshow: Back n Okla 4 a visit. Nuthin changed, 98 degrees & a 40 mph south wind. Like standin in a blast furnace. No ocean anyw…
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 5:40 PM
  8. JamesAlverson: RT @BCHanks: .@JamesAlverson I guess if the @999TheFan @620thebuzz van is rockin', don't come knockin'?
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 5:37 PM
  9. NickStevensHSOT: Headed back to the TV station. We have a #FootballFriday rehearsal tonight. You know what that means? The season starts tomorrow! #HSOT
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 5:24 PM
  10. HighSchoolOT: .@BCHanks We think some other people might have something to say about that. #FFChallenge
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:51 PM
  11. HighSchoolOT: RT @principalcghsnc: @GreenArmycghsnc @HighSchoolOT Football Friday crew will be filming at our game vs Greenhope Friday.
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:43 PM
  12. HighSchoolOT: Now @BCHanks is joining the #FFChallenge VIP panel. You can play too for your chance at prizes: http://t.co/mu84RGKKak #HSOT
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:36 PM
  13. Chris__Edwards: Sun Valley and Hough about to kick-off the 2014 NCHSAA Season! #twcsports http://t.co/wrkv81zwht
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:33 PM
  14. JamesAlverson: Brand new ride for @999TheFan and @620thebuzz ... Pretty sweet ride http://t.co/WnNywLuoAw
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 3:22 PM
  15. ZachMayoHSOT: RT @LeesvilleFB: Players start hydrating now, will be hot and humid at kickoff. #GameDayPrep
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 1:12 PM
  16. ZachMayoHSOT: RT @HighSchoolOT: We can't wait for tomorrow night! We will have coverage of over 30 games across the area plus #FootballFriday at 11:35 on…
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:42 PM
  17. HighSchoolOT: Got that, @NickStevensHSOT? RT @CHSCometCrew: @HighSchoolOT be ready for a shoot out of the Comets and the Rams
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:33 AM
  18. HighSchoolOT: We can't wait for tomorrow night! We will have coverage of over 30 games across the area plus #FootballFriday at 11:35 on #WRAL.
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:29 AM
  19. HighSchoolOT: @FOEarlVaughanJr @bobbyguthrie71 Tom Suiter is joining in this year too! Going to be a crowded field.
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:17 AM
  20. Chris__Edwards: Off to Charlotte to kick-off the high school football season with @PaulDoherty_US and our @twcsportsncsc crew! #twcsports
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:16 AM
  21. HighSchoolOT: Excited that @bobbyguthrie71 & @FOEarlVaughanJr are joining our #FFChallenge VIP panel. Compare your picks to theirs each week on #HSOT.
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:10 AM
  22. JamesAlverson: 1 more day to Football Friday! What's best concession item at a HS Football game you ever had and where? @HighSchoolOT #FridayNightLights
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:49 AM
  23. HighSchoolOT: RT @Apex_Football: Tomorrows game vs Harnett Central has been moved to 7:30pm.
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:48 AM
  24. HighSchoolOT: RT @NickStevensHSOT: We have a #FootballFriday rehearsal tonight at #WRAL. We'll have a slideshow late tonight on @HighSchoolOT. #HSOT
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:45 AM
  25. NickStevensHSOT: We have a #FootballFriday rehearsal tonight at #WRAL. We'll have a slideshow late tonight on @HighSchoolOT. #HSOT
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:43 AM
  26. NickStevensHSOT: RT @HighSchoolOT: Pssst. Hey guys. Listen up. The 34th season of #FootballFriday with Tom Suiter kicks off TOMORROW on #WRAL!
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:41 AM
  27. HighSchoolOT: Pssst. Hey guys. Listen up. The 34th season of #FootballFriday with Tom Suiter kicks off TOMORROW on #WRAL! http://t.co/snLWfc6P8g #HSOT
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:40 AM
  28. HighSchoolOT: Register to play the #FFChallenge today! Pick winners each week for your chance to win gift cards from @DICKS: http://t.co/eaiWF9KZLE #HSOT
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:27 AM
  29. HighSchoolOT: RT @WCPSS_Athletics: Great first week of HS sports already! Only 1 more day until #FootballFriday! @HighSchoolOT @PrepsNow @NCHSAA @NFHS_Or
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:24 AM
  30. HighSchoolOT: 2014 Football Friday Challenge http://t.co/qb0CUO7i9E
      — Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:41 AM
  31. NickStevensHSOT: Well, @vaguirre @gatatattat @KellsBells82 I tried my best, but Tom Suiter refuses to be part of the twitterverse.
      — Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:27 PM
  32. Chris__Edwards: THIS RT @mizzcadddy: @Chris__Edwards @WRAL UGH!! Turn the lights on!!
      — Wednesday, August 20, 2014 9:55 PM
  33. Chris__Edwards: Yep... Still out. RT @WRAL: New story: More than 10,000 without power in Garner http://t.co/aI0breOQYx #wral
      — Wednesday, August 20, 2014 9:28 PM
  34. NickStevensHSOT: I have a #FootballFriday triple-header Friday: SSS-West Johnston, East Wake-South Johnston, Clayton-Cleveland #HSOT
      — Wednesday, August 20, 2014 9:03 PM
  35. NickStevensHSOT: #BREAKING: Tom Suiter will be playing in the #FFChallenge this fall. #HSOT
      — Wednesday, August 20, 2014 8:33 PM
  36. HighSchoolOT: RT @MiddleCreekAD: SOCCER FINAL: MCHS 2, Garner 2
      — Wednesday, August 20, 2014 8:31 PM
  37. HighSchoolOT: RT @NickStevensHSOT: We have a #FootballFriday rehearsal tomorrow night at #WRAL. Hoping to take some photos for @HighSchoolOT. #HSOT
      — Wednesday, August 20, 2014 8:31 PM
  38. HighSchoolOT: Sign up to participate in our #FFChallenge. Pick winners each week for your chance to win @DICKS gift cards: http://t.co/eaiWF9KZLE #HSOT
      — Wednesday, August 20, 2014 8:26 PM
  39. HighSchoolOT: RT @WCPSS: @HighSchoolOT We are already planning a championship partieeee! ;)
      — Wednesday, August 20, 2014 8:20 PM
  40. HighSchoolOT: @wcpss Are you expecting another Wake County team in the state championship game this year?
      — Wednesday, August 20, 2014 8:16 PM