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Lady Cranberry Classic; Galesburg High School Thanksgiving Tournament Begin November 17
UPDATED 6:17 a-m 11/13/09 Two local girls basketball tournaments kick off the 2009-10 season in less than a week.

The 24th Annual Lady Cranberry Classic hosted by Rowva High School begins Monday with a pair of games and the Galesburg Thanksgiving Tournament also has two games on the docket that evening.

West Central and Mercer County play in the opening game of the Lady Cranberry Classic at 6 p-m Tuesday. The second game has Rowva and defending tournament champion Abingdon playing at 7:45.

Abingdon and West Central play in Wednesday night's first game at 6:00 followed by Rowva and Mercer County at 7:45. The tournament wraps up Thursday with Abingdon and Mercer County squaring off at 6:00 and Rowva playing West Central at 7:45.

Abingdon has won the tournament the past two years and four of the last five. Rowva last won it in 2006. Mercer County, then known as Aledo, was the tournament champ in 2001. West Central is a new entry this year.

The Silver Streaks girls basketball team begins the season Tuesday at 7 p-m against Illini West at Thiel Gym. The Chargers won last season's game. The Galesburg freshman/sophomore team plays the first game against the Illini West fosh/soph squad at 5:30.

Galesburg's varsity resumes play next Friday at 8 p-m against Metamora, returns Saturday for two games: one at 10:30 a-m against East Peoria and the other at 7:30 p-m against Springfield, then breaks for the Thanksgiving holiday. The tournament will pick back up on November 27th with eight games at Lombard, Wicall and Thiel gyms. The Streaks' final game in the tourney is November 28th at 6 p-m against Peoria Richwoods.

The Galesburg High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will follow at 7:30 that night, the the Galesburg High School boys team will play Urbana in the nightcap at 8:15.

To see the complete Galesburg Thanksgiving Tournament schedule visit www.streaks.org/athletics/invites/thanks09.html.
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