Tulpehocken wins tip-off tournament to get the winter season underway

Photo by AImee Herbert Schuylkill Valley's Frank Melvin (with the ball) looks past the Oley Valley defender during a non-league game against Oley Valley on Dec. 8.

The high school winter sports season got underway Friday and Saturday with local teams involved in five tip-off tournaments around the county.

The local teams were led by the Tulpehocken boys’ basketball team who defeated Lancaster County Day School and Susquenita in double overtime to win the Tulpehocken Tip-Off Tournament championship.

Meanwhile, the Hamburg boys’ team lost a pair of games in the Hamburg Tip-Off Tournament and finished in fourth place.

On the girls’ side, Hamburg finished in second place in the Hamburg Tip-Off Tournament while Tulpehocken took third place in the Tulpehocken Tip-Off Tournament and Schuylkill Valley was third in the Oley Valley Tournanent.

The Tulpehocken boys’ team was led by Robert Ekvall who sank a three-point bucket at the buzzer at the end of the second overtime to give the Trojans a 46-43 victory over Susquenita in the championship game.

Ekvall was named the tournament’s MVP and joined teammate Drew Knowles on the All-Tournament Team. The Trojans defeated Lancaster County Day School in the opening round game, 48-24.

The Hamburg boys’ team lost to Octorara in the opening round of the Hamburg Tournament, 78-53, then lost to Bloomsburg in the consolation match-up on Saturday, 69-24.

The Tulpehocken girls’ team took on Conrad Weiser in the championship game of the Tulpehocken Tournament Saturday night. The Lady Scouts outscored Tulpehocken in the first quarter, 11-1, then went on to defeat the Lady Trojans, 58-30.

Tulpehocken had defeated Lancaster County Day School in the opening round, 34-10.

The Lady Panthers of Schuylkill Valley took third place in the Oley Valley Tip-Off Tournament. After losing to host Oley in the opening round on Friday, Schuylkill Valley went up against Milton Hershey in the consolation game on Saturday. It was a defensive struggle but the Panthers came out on top, 32-24.

Abby Boyer was the lone Panther to be named to the All-Tournament Team.

The Hamburg girls’ team also made it to the championship game of the Hamburg Tip-Off Tournament after defeating Wyomissing handily in the first round, 68-35, But in the championship game on Saturday, Hamburg was defeated by Tri-Valley, 77-53.

Tara Klee of Hamburg was named to the All-Tournament Team.

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