Times Sports Editor
The 7th Annual HI-99 Clabber Girl Classic will be played November 7-10 at West Vigo High School. Some of the top high school girls teams and players from the Wabash Valley will be featured in the annual HI-99 Classic. The teams include Terre Haute South, Northview, South Vermillion, Terre Haute North, West Vigo, Fountain Central, Owen Valley, and Sullivan.
The first round will provide some great matchups led by a Wednesday game between Sullivan and Northview.
First-year Knights' head coach Chad Smith, led the Golden Arrows for five years through the 2006-07 season. Smith was 50-38 while with Sullivan and opens his tenure with the Knights against his former team at 7:30 p.m.
The opening game of the tournament will see the Owen Valley Patriots, who were 24-2 last year, start the post-Sam Stahl era by taking on West Vigo.
Stahl averaged 24 points per game last season while leading Owen Valley to the regional championship game.
Thursday's first round contest will matchup the Terre Haute South Braves, who would have to be considered a favorite to win the tourney.
South returns their entire lineup after a 2007 season in which they achieved a No. 4 ranking in Class 4A while compiling a 21-2 record before being upset by Martinsville in the sectional.
The Braves will take on rival Terre Haute North at 6 p.m. The Patriots were 11-12 last season and will take on a new look after graduating a talented front court led by Molly Martin and Sam Meissel.
The second game of the evening will be a game against South Vermillion and Fountain Central. The Wildcats were 9-12 last year while Fountain Central was 10-11.
Tournament passes will be available at the main entrance of the West Vigo Gymnasium throughout the HI-99 Classic. Tournament passes are $12 each, and kids five and under are free. The tournament pass is valid for all games during the HI-99 Classic. Tickets for individual sessions will also be available at the door. This year's tournament will feature two games on Wednesday, November 7th, and Thursday, November 8th. Friday, November 9th will showcase the two consolation games, while the morning of Saturday, November 10th will feature the two finalist games. The championship game will be played at 6:30pm that evening. Complete HI-99 Classic details and tournament bracket will be posted at www.hi99.com.