Andalusia set to host annual Christmas tournament for 57th time

Published 11:00 am Sunday, December 10, 2023

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Andalusia High School will be the home of Richard Robertson’s 57th Annual Andalusia Christmas Tournament scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 13, through Saturday, Dec. 16.

The tournament, which is the longest-running basketball tournament in the state of Alabama, will have a total of 10 boys’ teams playing in a single-elimination format. Local county teams Andalusia, Opp, Red Level, and Straughn make up four teams in the field. Enterprise, Hillcrest-Evergreen, Georgiana, McKenzie, Monroe County, and Park Crossing will make up the remaining six teams in the field.

“This has been an annual tradition at Andalusia High School for several years. We are privileged to have a total of nine other teams joining our Bulldogs for this historical tournament. We invite fans and the community to come out and show their support for their favorite teams. We appreciate all the teams that are coming to participate in this illustrious tournament,” AHS Head Coach Marcus Mickles said.

The tournament begins with two opening-round matchups on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Hillcrest will battle McKenzie in the first game at 4 p.m., and Straughn will take the court against Monroe County at 5:30 p.m.

There will be four games played on the second day of the tournament on Thursday, Dec. 14. Opp will face the winner between Straughn and Monroe County at 3:30 p.m. Georgiana will take on the winner between Hillcrest and McKenzie at 5 p.m. Park Crossing and Enterprise meet at 6:30 p.m. followed by Andalusia and Red Level in the final opening-round game at 8 p.m.

Day three will also have four games scheduled for 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. Three games will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., and the championship game at 7:30 p.m.

Hillcrest defeated Red Level for the tournament championship in 2022.

Admission is $10 per day, and tickets will be available at the door. There are no passes out upon entry.

For more information about the tournament, call Andalusia High School at 334-222-7569.