Despite the mild temperatures the area has enjoyed this week, it is winter sports season.
That means some early boys basketball tournaments are on the horizon with must see games over the next nine days.
The feast begins with the Keenan Classic at Canisius High School at 4:30 p.m. today with the defending state Federation champions taking on Nazareth of New York City. The tournament also includes Albany Academy, which the state runner-up, against Aquinas. The tournament concludes Saturday with the consolation game at 2 p.m. and championship game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
The next major tournament is Thursday as the annual ADPRO Public/Private Challenge takes center stage with 11 games to be played over three days at Depew High School.
The tournament lineup includes Christian Central opening the event against Holland at 4:30 p.m. Nichols versus Kenmore West follows, then Niagara Falls renews pleasantries with St. Joe's.
Friday's lineup includes Newfane facing Niagara Catholic, Depew versus St. Francis and the nightcap between Park School and Amherst, a clash between 1,000-point scorers TC Brown of Amherst and Jordan Nwora of Park.
Saturday's five games start at noon with Fredonia facing Cardinal O'Hara. The games that follow include Maryvale versus Walsh, St. Mary's against Jamestown, Timon-St. Jude versus Starpoint and Canisius versus Williamsville South.
There are also some quality girls basketball games on the docket, beginning today in Jamestown where its reigning champion versus reigning champion times two, as state Class B semifinalist East Aurora takes on defending Monsignor Martin champion Cardinal O'Hara in the first of two games at the Jamestown Tournament at 6 p.m.. The defending Section VI Class AA champion Red Raiders face Class C state semifinalist Chautauqua Lake in the second game.
The tournament concludes Saturday with the consolation game at 6 p.m. and final at 7:30 p.m.