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Heapin’ helpin’ of hoops

A large number of Western Nevada County’s high school basketball players will unwrap their gifts Wednesday, but won’t have much time to try them out.

They’ll be hitting the road in pre-league tournament action.

Nevada Union’s boys will compete in a Las Vegas area tourney beginning Thursday, while Bear River’s girls head off to Lake Oswego, Ore., where they’ll dive into tournament action as well.

Varsity girl squads from Forest Lake Christian and Nevada Union will participate in the West Coast Jamboree in Antioch.

But if area basketball fans are hungry for hoops action -and would rather stay closer to home – the 61st annual Kendall Arnett Invitational at Placer may be just the thing.

Bear River’s varsity boys tip off with Foothill in the opening round of the eight-team tournament at 5 p.m. Thursday. Foothill and the Bruins met in the annual classic’s championship last year.

“My approach to the preseason is to get ready for league,” said Bear River varsity coach Jack McCrory. “The Kendall is always that last stepping stone for league. It’s a big part of telling whether we’re ready or not.

“This is a great opportunity for us to see where we are.”

Also competing in the varsity version of the tournament are Placer, San Juan, Oakmont, Christian Brothers, Granite Bay and Colfax.

Also in action at Placer will be the Bruin junior varsity, as well as the Nevada Union JV squad. Bear River’s junior varsity team meets San Juan at noon Thursday, while Nevada Union squares off with Foothill at 9 a.m. Thursday.

There is more than roundball action this week – just not until Saturday, when the Nevada Union and the Bear River wrestling programs send their junior varsity teams to compete in the Golden Sierra Tournament. Action starts at 9 a.m.

By Brian Hamilton

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