Cape Fear Academy to host 4th Annual Holiday Basketball Challenge

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High school basketball takes center stage across the Wilmington area during holiday break as Cape Fear Academy hosts its 4th Annual Basketball Challenge Dec. 29-Jan. 2.

This four-day challenge includes eight schools and 16 teams. There will be six games played each day, with an off day scheduled for Friday, Jan. 1.

Lauren Caveness. Photo by Joe Catenacci
Lauren Caveness. Photo by Joe Catenacci

“All the schools in the challenge have been great,” said Cape Fear Academy Athletics Director Chris Meehl. “We’ve enjoyed the competition between schools, but we’ve also enjoyed the relationships with each school. The coaches, athletic directors and fans at each school have been fantastic. It makes for a fun four days.”

Boys and girls teams from South Brunswick, West Brunswick and Topsail High Schools will represent the 3A portion of the split Mideastern Conference. Cape Fear Academy is joined by fellow league members Coastal Christian and Harrells Christian. New to the tournament this year will be Trask High School and Wilmington Christian Academy.

“Rodney Orr at Trask and Craig Tucker at WCA both expressed interest in the tournament so we decided to bring them on this season,” Meehl added. “They’re both great guys and they run really good programs. We have good relationships with both schools and it was a natural fit to be included.”

All games will be played in the main gym along South College Road on the campus of CFA. Games on Tuesday (Dec. 29) and Wednesday (Dec. 30) will tip off at 1 p.m., while the action gets underway at 10 a.m. on Thursday (Dec. 31) and Saturday (Jan. 2).

The cost is $5 per adult and $2 per student each day; monies received will go directly to pay for officials since there’s no tournament fee for the 16 teams competing.

 Tuesday, Dec. 29

1 p.m.  Girls- Trask vs. Harrells Christian

2:30p.m. Boys- Trask vs. Harrells Christian

4p.m. Girls- S. Brunswick vs. Coastal Christian

5:30 p.m. Boys- S. Brunswick vs. Coastal Christian

7 p.m. Girls- Topsail vs. Wilmington Christian

8:30 p.m. Boys- Topsail vs. Wilmington Christian

Wednesday, Dec. 30

1 p.m. Girls- W. Brunswick vs. Coastal Christian

2:30p.m. Boys- W. Brunswick vs. Coastal Christian

4 p.m. Girls- S. Brunswick vs. Cape Fear Academy

5:30 p.m. Boys- S. Brunswick vs. Cape Fear Academy

7 p.m. Girls- Topsail vs. Harrells Christian

8:30 p.m. Boys- Topsail vs. Harrells Christian

Thursday, Dec. 31

10 a.m. Girls- Trask vs. Coastal Christian

11:30a.m. Boys- Trask vs. Coastal Christian

1 p.m. Girls- W. Brunswick vs. Wilmington Christian

2:30 p.m. Boys- W. Brunswick vs. Wilmington Christian

4 p.m. Girls- Topsail vs. Cape Fear Academy

5:30 p.m. Boys- Topsail vs. Cape Fear Academy

Saturday, Jan. 2

10 a.m. Girls- S. Brunswick vs. Wilmington Christian

11:30 Boys- S. Brunswick vs. Wilmington Christian

1 p.m. Girls- W. Brunswick vs. Harrells Christian

2:30p.m. Boys- W. Brunswick vs. Harrells Christian

4 p.m. Girls- Trask vs. Cape Fear Academy

5:30p.m Boys- Trask vs. Cape Fear Academy