Each program approaches the winter break differently, but each program uses the time off from school work wisely.
The Spanish Springs boys basketball squad will go nine days between games. The Cougars played McQueen Thursday and have to wait until next Sunday before they head to Torrey Pines, Calif. to compete in the Max Preps Holiday Classic, which lasts five days.
The Cougar girls are one of two teams that found a non-league opponent to play Tuesday of this week. They did so by locking up a 3A opponent. The Reed boys are the other squad to use that strategy.
The Spanish Springs girls host South Tahoe at 2 p.m. Tuesday before taking six days off from game action. They will travel to Folsom, Calif. for a four-day tournament.
Spanish Springs returns to Northern 4A action Tuesday, Jan. 4 versus Galena at home.
The Raider boys will take on Truckee at 5 p.m. in a non-league matchup at home Tuesday, but won’t have another game until they go to Wooster on Jan. 4 when league action starts back up.
“I like taking this opportunity to practice because the first couple weeks we played so many games. We actually had more games than practices,” Reed boys basketball coach Dustin Hall said. “We kind of have to take some time to get back to basics and put some new stuff in to get us through the rest of the season.”
The Reed girls won’t have any local games over the winter break. However, they did enter the West Coast Jamboree in the Antioch, Calif. area from Dec. 27-29.
“I’m looking forward to having this week to work on things we need to work on,” Reed girls coach Sara Schopper said. “And I’m excited to play teams we haven’t seen before. It’s going to be interesting to see if we can make adjustments in the middle of the game and step up and play.”
The Sparks boys and girls basketball teams do not have any games scheduled over the winter break. Their next games on the schedule are Jan. 4 against Dayton at home. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. for the girls and 7:30 p.m. for the boys.