Wickenburg High School’s basketball teams will tip off the second half of their seasons by competing in a couple tournaments.
Coach Noel Hachtel’s boys team will travel to Phoenix to compete in the 16-team Coyote Invitational Tournament at Arizona Lutheran Academy and Valley Lutheran Academy.
His Wranglers, who finished the first half of their season with a 0-9 record, will open against Fountain Hills (7-3) at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2 at Arizona Lutheran Academy. It will be the second time this season the Wranglers have battled the Falcons, losing 67-38 in the second round of the season-opening Valley Christian Thanksgiving Tournament. Senior guard Troy Adamo scored his season-high 18 points to lead the Wranglers in that game.
A second loss to the Falcons would move the Wranglers into the consolation bracket that will be played at Valley Lutheran High on Friday.
Coach Kevin Cushman’s girls, meanwhile, will compete in the three-day Chandler Prep New Years Classic tournament that includes 85 teams playing at nine different locations in the East Valley. The Lady Wranglers, who finished their first half of the season with a 5-5 record, begin the tournament against small 1A school Anthem Prep (5-6) at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Higley High School in Gilbert.
Both of the Wranglers’ basketball teams will then begin 3A West Region action by hosting Chino Valley next Tuesday, Jan. 7 — the girls playing at 5:30 p.m. and the boys tipping off at 7 p.m.
Local Sports Calendar
Thursday, Jan. 2
Boys Basketball — Wickenburg High vs. Fountain Hills in Coyote Invitational Tournament at Arizona Lutheran Academy, 12:30 p.m.
Girls Basketball — Wickenburg High vs. Anthem Prep in Chandler Prep Invitational Tournament at Higley High, 1:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, Jan. 3-4
Boys Basketball — Wickenburg High in Coyote Invitational Tournament at Arizona Lutheran Academy, TBA
Girls Basketball — Wickenburg High at Chandler Prep Invitational Tournament, TBA
Tuesday, Jan. 7
Girls Basketball — Chino Valley at Wickenburg High School, 2:30/5:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball —Chino Valley at Wickenburg High School, 4/7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 9
Boys Basketball — Wickenburg High at Kingman, 4/7 p.m.
Girls Basketball — Wickenburg High at Kingman, 2:30/5:30 p.m.
Soccer — Wickenburg High at Kingman, Boys 4 p.m./Girls 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 10
Wrestling — Wickenburg High at Joseph City Invitational, TBA
Tuesday, Jan. 14
Boys Basketball — Kingman Academy at Wickenburg High, 2:30/5:30 p.m.
Girls Basketball — Kingman Academy at Wickenburg High, 4/7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 15
Wrestling — Multi-Team meet at Wickenburg High School, 3 p.m.