BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity basketball team will hit the ground running right after the holiday break next week when the Seahawks host the annual John Coleman Christmas Tournament next Tuesday and Wednesday.
The annual tournament, named for long-time Worcester County Public Schools Administrator John Coleman, has become one of the highlights of the holiday basketball tournament schedule over the years. After departing from its original format for a few years, the tournament returned to tradition last year with the county’s three public high schools squaring off against three at-large invitees. This year’s tournament features host Decatur, Snow Hill and Pocomoke facing Indian River from Delaware, and North Hampton and Arcadia from Virginia.
In the beginning, the Coleman Tournament featured both the boys’ and girls’ varsity teams from the three public high schools in the county along with an at-large invitee. Several years ago, the format changed to feature the boys’ and girls’ teams in alternating years with the host site rotating between Decatur, Snow Hill and Pocomoke. This year is the Decatur girls’ chance to host the tournament.
On Tuesday, December 28, Pocomoke will face Indian River at 3 p.m., Snow Hill will host North Hampton at 5 p.m. and Decatur will play Arcadia in the featured game at 7 p.m. The next day, December 29, Snow Hill will play Arcadia, Pocomoke will play North Hampton and Decatur will play Indian River in the final game of the tournament at 7 p.m.