They call the Frost gym the “Tundra” and you can bet the place will be busy this weekend when 16 teams — both girls and boys basketball teams — converge to play in the Frost Invitational, which begins Thursday morning.
The Frost Lady Bears will be one of the favorites in the girls tournament. Not only are the Lady Bears at home, but they are off to a torrid start and are ranked No. 7 in the TABC Class 1A D-I state poll. They open the tournament against Trinidad at 6:05 p.m. Thursday evening in the final girls game of the day. The Frost Polar Bears play the nightcap on Thursday in a 7:30 game against Trinidad.
Five schools and eight teams from the Golden Circle are in the tournament.
Frost has both teams in the tournament and Dawson will send both its boys and girls team to Frost as well as Wortham.
Wortham’s girls open the tournament against Abbott at 9:35 a.m. Thursday, and the Wortham boys play Blooming Grove at 4:40 p.m. Thursday. Rice’s boys, who are off to a great start, will also be in the tournament. The Bulldogs open against Valley Mills at 1:50 p.m. Thursday.
Girls semifinals will be played at 3:15 p.m. and 6:05 p.m. on Friday and the title game will be on Saturday at 3:40 p.m. The third-place game will be played Saturday at 12:50 p.m.
Consolation games will be played at 9:35 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. on Friday and the consolation final is at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.
The boys semifinals will be held at 4:40 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday and the title game is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. on Saturday. The third-place game will be played Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
Consolation games will be held at 11:00 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. on Friday and the consolation final on Saturday at 11:25 a.m.
Here’s a look at the opening round games:
9:35: Wortham (G) vs. Abbott
11:00: Dawson (B) vs. Abbott
12:25: Milford (G) vs. Leon
1:50: Rice (B) vs. Valley Mills
3:15: Dawson (G) vs. Valley Mills
4:40: Wortham (B) vs. Blooming Grove
6:05: Frost (G) vs. Trinidad
7:30: Frost (B) vs. Trinidad