A festival of high school basketball, featuring plenty of high-level players and teams — will take place this coming weekend in Chambersburg.
The second Hoops For Harmony Stand Against Racism showcase will be played Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a total of 35 games scheduled to be played.
In all, 26 boys varsity, 14 girls varsity and five other teams from four states plus the District of Columbia, will participate in the huge event.
“We tried to increase the number of local teams playing this year,” said Chambersburg athletic director Ron Coursey, who organizes the event. “We hope if fans come to see their games, they may stay and check out some of the other games, too.”
Admission is $10 per day for adults and $5 for students. Fans will be allowed to leave and come back for a later game.
In addition, all of the games will be available on live stream via Roxamore Sports Network for the same price — $10 per day. You can sign up at roxamoresportsnetwork.com.
All proceeds from the showcase, after expenses are deducted, will go to the Chambersburg Sports Boosters scholarship fund to be used for one male and one female scholarship at the end of this school year.
Coursey said, “We may not have a player ranked as high as we did last year, but I think we have some stronger matchups.”
The host Trojans will play at 8:30 Friday night vs. Central Dauphin, and then again Saturday night at 8:30 against state powerhouse Chester. The Chambersburg girls host James Buchanan on Saturday morning at 10.
“I’m looking forward to the Chester game — I want to see how we stack up against a good 6A school like that. And I think the girls kicking the day off Saturday against JB is a good way to start.”
The Shippensburg boys are also entered, playing Lansdowne, a team from near Baltimore, at 5:30 Saturday.
Scotland Campus plays Saturday at 11:30 vs. Columbia, and Sunday at 5:00 vs. Kiski Prep. First Love Christian, a new team located in Scotland, has games Friday at 7 p.m. vs. Rock Creek Christian, D.C., and Sunday at 1 p.m. vs. Chester.
Coursey said one of the top games could be Saturday at 4 p.m. when Imani Christian of Pittsburgh takes on Roosevelt of D.C. Imani has the 30th-ranked player in the class of 2025, 6-foot-10 Alier Masuk, while Roosevelt is unbeaten, ranked No. 17 in the D.C. area and features the top scorer in that area in Ke’mari Pointer.
The 7 p.m. Saturday game between St. Benedict, N.J. and St. Frances, Md. will showcase players from St. Frances headed to Pitt and Maryland next year.
One of the top girls games is set for Sunday at 10 a.m., with North Allegheny of the Pittsburgh area taking on St. Frances, which in ranked in the top five in the Baltimore area. NA’s Jasmine Timmerman is bound for Pitt next year.
Last year, the best draw was the game between Imhotep and Bishop Walsh, played just before a Trojan game. Coursey said he thinks 2,000 or so fans nearly filled the 2,700-set gym.
Imhotep was planning to come back this year, but was selected to play a game on ESPN this weekend.
Coursey is moving on to take over the AD position at York Suburban after the winter season is over, and he hopes to go out with a fun weekend.
“If you’re a high school basketball fan, I believe you will see some truly great matchups,” he said.
2023 Hoops For Harmony
FRIDAY, JAN. 13
CASHS Field House
4:00 — Girls, Woodland Hills vs. Berlin-Brothers Valley
5:30 — Boys, New Town, Md. vs. Berlin-Brothers Valley
7:00 — Boys, Rock Creek Christian, D.C. vs. First Love Christian
8:30 — Boys, Central Dauphin vs. Chambersburg
4:30 — Boys, 9th grade, Central Dauphin vs. Chambersburg
6:00 — Boys, JV, Central Dauphin vs. Chambersburg
SATURDAY, JAN. 14
CASHS Field House
10:00 a.m. — Girls, James Buchanan vs. Chambersburg
11:30 a.m. — Boys, Columbia vs. Scotland Campus
1:00 — Boys, Rock Creek Christian, D.C. vs. Iona Prep, N.Y.
2:30 — Boys, Lower Dauphin vs. Central Dauphin
4:00 — Boys, Imani Christian vs. Roosevelt, D.C.
5:30 — Boys, Shippensburg vs. Lansdowne, Md.
7:00 — Boys, St. Frances, Md. vs. St. Benedict, N.J.
8:30 — Boys, Chester vs. Chambersburg
10:30 a.m. — Girls, Berlin-Brothers Valley vs. Columbia
Noon — Girls, Central Dauphin vs. St. Frances, Md.
1:30 — Boys, Berlin-Brothers Valley vs. Eastern York
3:00 — Boys, Kiski Prep vs. St. Vincent Pallotti, Md.
4:30 — Girls, North Allegheny vs. Imhotep
6:00 — Boys, Aliquippa vs. New Town, Md.
7:30 — Girls, Dallastown vs. Woodland Hills
1:00 — Girls, Forest Hills vs. St. Maria Goretti, Pa.
2:30 — Boys, 9th grade, Shippensburg vs. Chambersburg
SUNDAY, JAN. 15
CASHS Field House
10:00 a.m. — Girls, North Allegheny vs. St. Frances, Md.
11:30 a.m. — Boys, Harrisburg vs. Aliquippa
1:00 — Boys, Chester vs. Imani Christian
2:30 — Boys, St. Benedict, N.J. vs. First Love Christian
4:00 — Boys, Iona Prep, N.Y. vs. St. Maria Goretti, Pa.
5:30 — Boys, Roosevelt, D.C. vs. St. Vincent Pallotti, Md.
7:00 — Boys, Severn, Md. vs. Columbia
8:30 — Boys, York William Penn vs. Central Dauphin East
2:00 — Girls, Harrisburg vs. Columbia
3:30 — Girls, Forest Hills vs. Imhotep
5:00 — Boys, Kiski Prep vs. Scotland Campus
6:30 — Girls, York William Penn vs. York Suburban