Holiday action right around the corner

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Local basketball and hockey players will be busy in the days between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The Portland boys’ basketball team will once again hold a holiday tournament at the Portland Expo, Monday, Dec. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 30. Cheverus, Deering and the host Bulldogs will all take part.

Deering meets defending Class B state champion Falmouth Monday at 11:30 a.m.  The winner advances to play Windham or Yarmouth at 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Cheverus plays Scarborough Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.  and meets Transit Tech of New York at 8 p.m. Portland faces Lake Region at 2 p.m. Tuesday and Susan Wagner of New York at 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, Portland faces Transit Tech at 2 p.m. and Cheverus battles Greely at 3:30 p.m.

Waynflete’s boys’ basketball team will take part in the St. Dom’s Holiday Tournament on Monday. The Flyers will play three games that day, meeting Madison at 10:40 a.m., St. Dom’s at 2:10 p.m. and Poland at 5:40 p.m.

On the girls’ side, Portland is once again hosting a holiday tournament. On Wednesday, at the high school, the Bulldogs meet Falmouth at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, at the Portland Expo, Portland faces Winnacunnet, N.H., at 11 a.m.

Western A favorites Deering and McAuley will take part in the Capitol City Classic in Augusta.

Waynflete will play in the Gorham Holiday Tournament Tuesday. The Flyers face South Portland at 11:30 a.m. and Sanford at 4 p.m.

The 2010 Maine High School Hockey Invitational will be contested at several locations from Monday through Thursday.

On Monday at Portland Ice Arena, Cheverus meets Belmont (Mass.) at 2 p.m. Portland battles South Windsor (Conn.) at 4 p.m. Tuesday at PIA, Deering faces Newington/Berlin (Conn.) at noon. Portland meets Cumberland (R.I.) at 2 p.m. Wednesday at PIA, Cheverus faces Hampton (New Brunswick) at 10 a.m. Cheverus meets Tewksbury (Mass.) at 6 p.m. Thursday at PIA, Deering battles Kennett (N.H.) at 10 a.m. and meets Westbrook at 6 p.m. Portland faces Coventry (R.I.) at 2 p.m.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at

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