One of the area's oldest and most treasured traditions is set to tip this coming week with the TCU Bi-County Tournament.
The 57th varsity edition of the eight-team field on both the boys and girls side gets going with first-round doubleheaders Tuesday. The girls semifinals are Thursday night with the boys semis Friday, both at LaVille.
The champions of the event will be crowned on Saturday night at LaVille.
A full pass admission is $15 with single-night passes costing $6 each. Pre-school age children and younger will be admitted free of charge.
Glenn is the team to beat on the boys side. The Falcons, who checked in at No. 4 in the latest Class 3A Associated Press poll, improved to 12-0 after posting a huge 59-44 Northern Indiana Conference win at Saint Joseph Friday night.
Glenn, which plays at Culver in a first-round matchup, has relied on outstanding team defense. The Falcons are allowing just 41 points per game.
Coach Travis Hannah's veteran group, which won the Bi-County tourney title last year, are led by senior point guard Silas Kaser and 6-4 junior Brycen Hannah. Hannah scored 16 points and Kaser 13 in the win at St. Joe Friday night.
The other side of the boys bracket opposite Glenn is a wide open one. Argos, No. 12 in Class 1A, hosts Bremen in a first-round game, while Class 1A No. 10 Triton plays at LaVille. Bremen beat Argos 52-35 on Nov. 24.
Some of the top players to watch on the boys side include seniors Carson Miller and Tony Hardin of Bremen, freshman Collin Czarnecki and sophomore Lucas Plummer of LaVille and junior JJ Morris and senior Michael Richard of Argos.
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The girls field this year appears to be wide open. Triton plays at LaVille in a key first round game. Triton beat LaVille 40-34 on Dec. 1.
Triton, along with Argos, Bremen and Glenn, all boasted winning records heading into play this weekend. New Prairie was 9-9 after a league win over Riley Thursday night.
Glenn, which plays at Culver in a first-round contest, picked up a huge conference win at Saint Joseph Thursday night. Senior star Jess Yelaska poured in 28 points as the Falcons improved to 11-7 with the 64-60 NIC victory.
Some of the top players to watch on the girls side include Yelaska and junior Kennedy Hayden of Glenn, senior Ellia Foster and junior Katie Moyer of Bremen and junior Lucy Sherk and senior Faith Rock of LaVille. Others to keep an eye on are junior Eva Dodds and sophomore Jayden Flagg of New Prairie, senior Lizzy Edmonds of Argos and sophomore Addy Viers, junior Kinsey Atkins and senior Taren Yates of Triton.
There was no girls title game played in 2021 due to COVID.
TCU Bi-County Tournament Pairings
MONDAY, JAN. 17
JV Girls/Boys Games
6 p.m.: Culver at Glenn
6 p.m.: Argos at Bremen
6:30 p.m.: Oregon-Davis at New Prairie
6:30 p.m.: Triton at LaVille
TUESDAY, JAN. 18
Varsity Girls/Boys Games
6 p.m.: Glenn at Culver
6 p.m.: Bremen at Argos
6:30 p.m.: New Prairie at Oregon-Davis
6:30 p.m.: Triton at LaVille
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19
6:30 p.m.: JV Girls/Boys Semifinals at LaVille
THURSDAY, JAN. 20
6:30 p.m.: Varsity Girls Semifinals and Consolations at LaVille
FRIDAY, JAN. 21
6:30 p.m.: Varsity Boys Semifinals and Consolations at LaVille
SATURDAY, JAN. 22
12 p.m.: JV Girls Championship
1:30 p.m.: JV Boys Championship
6:30 p.m.: Varsity Girls Championship
8:30 p.m.: Varsity Boys Championship
This article originally appeared on South Bend Tribune: High school basketball: TCU Bi-County Tournament set for this week