Glenn Valentine

Cardinal Ritter's Glenn Valentine (1) takes a one-handed shot under Melville's Davion Bradford (24)at the Midwest Showdown Shootout at Roberts Gym on the campus of Webster Groves High Sat. Dec. 21, 2019. Mehlville would defeat the Lions of Cardinal Ritter 62-56. 

The holiday season is upon us, which means families getting together, Christmas presents being opened and of course, the glut of holiday basketball tournaments around the St. Louis metro area.

Here is a brief summary of the holiday tournaments that are going on around the area:

Legends of Winter, at SLUH (December 26-29)

Top Four Seeds: CBC, Cardinal Ritter, McCluer, Hazelwood Central

Championship Game: Sunday, December 29, 6 p.m.

Defending Champion: Cardinal Ritter

Players to Watch: Caleb Love (CBC), Devon Barshow (McCluer), Jordan Nesbitt (St. Louis Christian), Nate Garrett (Hazelwood Central), Mario Fleming (Cardinal Ritter), Jalen Hampton (University City), DeMarion Shanklin (Jennings)

Coaches vs. Cancer, at Lafayette (December 26-30)

Top Four Seeds: Mehlville, DeSmet, Webster Groves, Fort Zumwalt North

Championship Game, Monday, December 30, 8 p.m.

Defending Champion: Webster Groves

Players to Watch: Davion Bradford (Mehlville), Dylan Branson (Mehlville), Yaya Keita (DeSmet), Ryan Campbell (Lafayette), Jacobie Banks (Webster Groves), Sekou Gassama (DeSmet), KJ Lee (Fort Zumwalt North), Braden Nett (Troy)

MICDS (December 26-30)

Top Four Seeds: Trinity, Francis Howell, MICDS, Parkway South

Championship Game, Monday, December 30, 7:30 p.m.

Defending Champion: Trinity

Players to Watch: Ryan Kalkbrenner (Trinity), Rashad Weekly-McDaniels (Trinity), Matt Schark (Francis Howell), Jaylen Boyd (Ladue), Devion Harris (Parkway Central), Jack Pronger (MICDS), Kristian Davis (Christian-O’Fallon), Sam Richardson (Hancock), Jorden Williams (Whitfield).

Collinsville (December 27-30)

Top Four Seeds: Collinsville, O’Fallon, Belleville East, Springfield Southeast

Championship Game: Monday, December 30, 7:30 p.m.

Defending Champion: Springfield Southeast

Players to Watch: Ray’Sean Taylor (Collinsville), Shaun Riley (O’Fallon), Braxton Stacker (Belleville East), Luke Cox (Triad)

St. Dominic (December 27-30)

Top Four Seeds: Sikeston, St. Dominic, Fort Zumwalt South, Holt

Championship Game: Monday, December 30, 6:30 p.m.

Defending Champion: Sikeston

Players to Watch: JJ Schwepker (Fort Zumwalt South), Payton Howard (Sikeston), Anthony Lewis (St. Dominic), Jaylen Ashford (Holt), Brendan Deters (St. Dominic), Clay Steward (Sikeston), Emmanuel McLemore (Holt), Myles Estrada (Howell Central), John Wilson (St. Charles West).

Top Girls Tournaments

Visitation (December 26-28)

Top Four Seeds: Incarnate Word, Edwardsville, Parkway Central, Kirkwood

Championship Game, December 28, 8 p.m.

Defending Champion: Incarnate Word

Players to Watch: Jayla Kelly (Parkway Central), Ellie Vanzanna (Incarnate Word), Saniah Tyler (Incarnate Word), Natalie Bruns (Kirkwood), Kelsey Blakemore (Whitfield), Sydney Harris (Edwardsville), Faith Bland (Metro), Jakayla Kirk (Hazelwood Central), Brooke Highmark (Westminster), Mackenzie Rhodes (Parkway North)

MICDS (December 26-30)

Top Four Seeds: Ladue, MICDS, Fort Zumwalt North, Collinsville

Championship Game, Monday, December 30, 6 p.m.

Defending Champion: Ladue

Players to Watch: Jordan Peete (Ladue), Jessica Brooks (MICDS), Mia Collins (Ladue), Zaire Harrell (MICDS), Jaden Stahl (Fort Zumwalt North), Kelsey Macker (Pattonville), Caite Knutson (Collinsville)

St. Dominic (December 27-30)

Top Four Seeds: Francis Howell Central, Lutheran-St. Charles, Holt, Fort Zumwalt South

Championship Game: Monday, December 30, 4:30 p.m.

Defending Champion: Francis Howell Central

Players to Watch: Azaria Hulbert (Howell Central), Jenna Grzeskowiak (Lutheran St. Charles), Sofia Tweedie (Howell Central), Jaliyah Green (Holt), Mia Nicastro (St. Charles West), Mahya Lindesmith (Lutheran-St. Charles), Maddie Murphy (Fort Zumwalt South)

St. Louis American Sports Director

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