High school basketball and wrestling teams from the Back Mountain will use the week between Christmas and New Year’s to prepare for Wyoming Valley Conference competition in tournament action.
The Lake-Lehman wrestling team, which won its only conference match, is the only one of those teams to have started WVC action.
The rest will be transitioning from non-league play to the tournaments as the last step before league games begin the first week of January.
The Lake-Lehman boys basketball team and Dallas girls basketball team will actually play in their second tournament.
After reaching the final of the Cal King Memorial Tournament at Lackawanna Trail, Lake-Lehman will try to go a step further when it competes in the McGrane Tournament at the Wilkes-Barre CYC Thursday and Friday.
Pete Borum and Adam Dizbon will look for their second all-tournament selection of the season.
Borum scored 36 points and grabbed 21 rebounds while Dizbon had 12 points and 10 rebounds Dec. 13 when Lake-Lehman beat host Lackawanna Trail, 70-65, in the King Memorial.
The Black Knights rallied from a 30-22 halftime deficit. Cody Paraschak finished with 13 points.
Borum had 10 first-quarter points before getting into foul trouble in the final when Mid Valley rolled over Lake-Lehman, 81-37. He finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Dizbon had nine points and five assists before fouling out early in the fourth quarter.
The same field returns to the McGrane Tournament. Dizbon made the all-tournament team last season.
The Black Knights, who finished fourth a year ago, will play Holy Redeemer Thursday at 6 p.m. Defending champion Hanover Area plays Pittston Area at 7:30 p.m.
The consolation and finals are set for Friday night.
Dallas returns to the Wyoming Area Holiday Tournament where it finished third last year.
The tournament also brings back the same field for games Thursday and Friday.
The Mountaineers open with the host Warriors. Defending champion Wyoming Valley West will play Old Forge in a rematch of last season’s final.
Dallas will play Central Columbia Friday in the first game of the Judy Knorr Tournament at Berwick. Selinsgrove will play Berwick in the second game of the tournament, which continues Saturday.
The Mountaineers finished last out of four teams at the season-opening tournament at Wyoming Valley West. Maggie Michael made the all-tournament team there.
The largest local high school wrestling tournament each season is the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Tournament.
Tunkhannock placed sixth and Lake-Lehman seventh out of 20 teams last year.
Among the individual champions expected back to defend their titles are Tunkhannock’s Ben Siegel and Lake-Lehman’s Austin Harry. Brady Butler finished second for Lake-Lehman last season while Jake Richards and Dalton Ray are back for Tunkhannock after finishing third.