For the 6th consecutive year, Tenaha ISD will host the Holiday Hoops Scholarship Classic on December 29, 30, and 31. Forty of the state’s top Class 1A, 2A, and 3A programs will descend upon Tenaha for an opportunity to battle it out on the hardwood for what has become one of Texas’ top invitational tournament trophies.
Last year’s tournament was record setting.
An estimated 1,100 fans attended the championship rounds in the Tenaha SEC where Kountze recorded its 4th title over White Oak in impressive fashion. Lipan’s renowned girls program picked up the girls’ championship by beating perennial state title contender Winnsboro. Each of these prominent programs return to Holiday Hoops this year and are joined by other playoff contending programs such as LaPoynor, Chireno, Saltillo, Harleton, Tenaha, White Oak, and Elysian Fields on the girl’s side, as well as, San Augustine, Central Heights, LaPoynor, Shelbyville, Saltillo, Laneville, and many many others on the boys’ side.
In all, this year’s tournament will feature 71 games over three days at five sites. Monday, December 29 will feature 32 total games. Action will start early at 8:00 AM and will run all day at multiple sites. Our satellite sites will operate from 8:00 AM until 2:30 PM with games, while the action in Tenaha is all day and the last game is set to tip at 9:00 PM. The Tuesday schedule is similar to Monday’s, but only 25 total games are on the slate. Wednesday is all about the trophies as nine games will be played in the Special Events Center for team trophies. Five additional games will take place in the Tiger Gym as courtesy games for participants.
Holiday Hoops would not be possible were it not for the great cooperation of local partners and the use of their facilities for games. Joaquin ISD, Gary ISD, and Carthage ISD have stepped forward and will be hosting games in the morning hours on December 29 and 30. But, for fans who want to stay in Tenaha and watch the action? It is time for another great edition of the Tiger Café. Unbelievable menus for lunch and dinner with better than restaurant quality at way better than restaurant prices will fill everyone’s appetite as they settle into the S.E.C. or the Tiger Gym for great hoops action.
Mark your calendars and ring in the New Year with Texas’ best small school basketball. It is sure to be the best Holiday Hoops event yet. And, this year we are expecting a Texas Shootout in Tenaha.