The 2013 Hoophall Classic, which started on Thursday, resumes Friday in Springfield with the nation's top high school teams and players competing in the three-day invitational.
The games will be played at Blake Arena located in Springfield College and will showcase the country's premiere high school players, such as Duke commit Jabari Parker, Aaron Gordon, Noah Vonleh, Kasey Hill, Andrew Wiggins, Jahlil Okafor, Dakari Johnson and top female recruit Mercedes Russell.
Here's a couple of the top matchups. (You can view the entire schedule on the classic's website.)
6 p.m. -- The day's top matchup will feature Tennessee-commit Russell. Springfield (Ore.) girls will go head-to-head against the Globe's top-ranked Braintree.
4:30 p.m. -- Whitney Young (Ill.) high school, which features the No. 3 ranked boys player Okafor, and Long Beach Poly (Calif.) high school headlines Saturday games.
5: pm. -- New Hampton (N.H.) vs. Huntington Prep (W. Va.) - The nations top-ranked player in the country, Wiggins, will compete against eighth-ranked Vonleh for the day's most exciting matchup.
Sunday will conclude with players showcasing their athleticism and individual skill in the skills challenge, which includes a slam dunk contest, a 3-point challenge, and half-court hustle.
One-day tickets will be available for $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Several reporters and editors contribute updates, news and analysis to the High School Sports Blog.
- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
To reach the high school sports department, e-mail email@example.com.