The annual Gene Duffy Holiday Classic basketball tournament is taking place this weekend, Thursday through Saturday, at Calistoga High.
On Monday, the boys and girls tournaments were set to be played over the weekend in a traditional bracket format rather than round robin like last year. Both the boys and girls tournaments were supposed to be comprised of eight-team brackets with games played in both the large and small gyms.
But on Wednesday afternoon, after this week's edition of the Calistogan had already gone to print, the tournament format changed due to Trinity Prep dropping out.
The girls tournament, now down to only six team, will be played in a round robin format. The boys tournament will still be played as a bracket-style format but Calistoga will have a new first round opponent since it was to face Trinity Prep in the first round.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the tournament schedule was to be played as follows:
First round (Thursday, large gym)
Game 1: Technology vs. Summerfield Waldorf, 3:30 p.m.
Game 2: Roseland Collegiate Prep vs. Ferndale, 5 p.m.
Game 3: Victory Christian vs. Credo, 6:30 p.m.
Game 4: Calistoga vs. TBD or Calistoga JV, 8 p.m.
Green Bracket (Thursday, small gym)
Game 1: Calistoga vs. Summerfield Waldorf, 5 p.m.
Game 2: Roseland Collegiate Prep vs. Technology, 6:30 p.m.
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Game 3: Calistoga vs. St. Helena, 8 p.m.
White Bracket (Friday, large gym)
Game 1: Credo vs. Roseland Collegiate Prep, 5 p.m.
Game 2: St. Helena vs. Summerfield Waldorf, 6:30 p.m.
Game 3: Credo vs. Technology, 8 p.m.
The boys teams that win their first round games will play at 6:30 and 8 p.m. while the losers will play at 3:30 and 5 p.m., all on Friday in the small gym.
Saturday's slate of games is still being worked out by Calistoga High Co-Athletic Director Eric Heitz. The games he did have set in stone, as of Wednesday night, were the Championship games, both of which will be played in the large gym on Saturday. The girls will play first at 1:30 p.m. and the boys will follow.
Heitz said that complete schedules for the entire weekend of games will be finalized and posted at the high school on Thursday.
At last year’s Duffy, the Calistoga girls placed third while the boys finished fifth.
A full concession stand will be also available all days to support Calistoga ASB.
1976 boys basketball team to be honored
On Saturday, Calistoga High will also present the 1976 boys basketball team with a commemorative section championship banner, retroactively honoring the team’s accomplishment, that will hang in Calistoga’s main gym.
The banner ceremony will be held after the girls Championship game and prior to the boys Championship game.
This is the latest of past section champion Wildcats teams to be honored, along with the 1999 football team and 1977 baseball team.
The members of the ‘76 team were Paul Agapoff, Wayne Jackson, Rick Indrebo, Roger Holtzen, Jon Jardine, Steven Vargas, James Wall, Jeff Bounsall, Kevin Canty, Steve Pence, Bruce Sakai and Dave Vossler and the coach was Dick Heckert.