Lady Pioneers will host Madison County hoop event

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Jonathan Alder’s Peyton Mast (right) guards an opponent during a game from the 2016-17 season. The Lady Pioneers will host the Madison County Thanksgiving Tip-off Classic on Friday and Saturday.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)
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After feasting on turkey and football this Thursday, Jonathan Alder High School is affording local sports fans an opportunity to switch gears to basketball.
The Lady Pioneer hoop squad will host the Madison County Thanksgiving Tip-off Classic on Friday and Saturday.
JA will host Shekinah Christian, London and Madison Plains in action that will begin both days at 6 p.m.
The Red Raiders of London will serve as the home team for the opening contest on Friday.
They will play the Flames of Shekinah Christian.
The nightcap on Friday will feature the Lady Pioneers as the home team against the Golden Eagles of Madison Plains.
That contest will begin no earlier than 7:30 p.m.
There will be a 20-minute warm-up prior to the start of each contest.
The same format will follow on Saturday evening.
Madison Plains will be the home team on that night against Shekinah Christian.
Jonathan Alder will once again be the home squad against London during Saturday’s final game.
“We preset the teams for both nights, so it’s not actually a tournament,” said Alder athletic director Tom Vargo. “London and Madison Plains said they didn’t want the chance of having to play against each other this weekend, since they will meet two other times this season.”
Vargo said Alder wanted to host the two-day event as a way of getting Madison County teams together early in the campaign since they’ve gone different directions as far as conference affiliations.
“London is in the Mid-State League, while Madison Plains has joined the Ohio Heritage Conference and we’ve gone to the Central Buckeye Conference,” he said.
“West Jefferson already had a full schedule, so they weren’t interested in playing,” said Vargo. “Shekinah always likes to be included with the other county teams, so we asked them to join us.
“I think this is a good way for basketball fans to see some good games while not having to drive a long distance to do so.”
This is the first year that the Madison County schools have joined for a girls hoop event.
“We will see how this year’s classic goes and then decide on its future,” said Vargo.



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