While most schools won't return to competition until after New Year's Day, there are several others who will stay in the gym during the break to prepare for holiday tournaments.
The Priory girls' basketball team competes this weekend at the Steve Geramoni Tournament in Belmont. The Panthers (2-5) open against Miramonte, a Northern California powerhouse, on Thursday night. The host Tigers play San Joaquin Memorial. Soquel, Washington, Valley Christian and Moreau Catholic are also entered.
The tournament concludes Saturday, with games scheduled all day.
Castilleja (3-5) competes at the Seaside Sweet 16 tournament beginning with a 6:30 p.m. game against St. Mary's Academy (5-5). The tourney continues through next Friday.
On Wednesday, Palo Alto, Priory and Menlo School each opens a boys basketball tournament in faraway places.
The Vikings (2-2) are competing in the Lahainaluna Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center, a four-day event that includes pool play and bracket play.
Menlo plays Costa Mesa in the opening round of the Orange Tournament and Priory is entered in the SoCal Holiday tournament.
There are also two local girls tournaments opening on Thursday. Pinewood (7-1) plays Lowell at 3 p.m. and Palo Alto (4-2) meets Aptos at 7:45 p.m. in the first round of the St. Francis Holiday Tournament.
Eastside College Prep hosts the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, which also features Menlo, Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton. The host Panthers meet Page-Arizona at 6 p.m. Thursday. Eastside will also play Whitney Young-Chicago on Friday at 6 p.m. and Central-Fresno at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30.
The Bears (2-4) meet Whitney Young on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Sacred Heart Prep (6-1) opens against University-San Francisco at 1:30 p.m. and Menlo opens with KIPP King at home at 6 p.m.