The holiday week often means tournament time for winter high school sports programs.
That tournament stretch will also be preceded and succeeded by a pair of traditional showdowns that have added meaning.
Jeff Shook, who took over as Lake-Lehman's interim athletic director earlier this month, said booster clubs at Dallas and Lake-Lehman have combined efforts to add the Black and Blue Rivalry Trophy to each of the two meetings between basketball teams from the schools. A separate trophy for each game will be awarded to the winning school to hold possession of until the teams meet again the following season.
The boys teams were scheduled to play for their first Black and Blue Rivalry Trophy on Saturday. The girls teams will meet Saturday, Dec. 29 at Dallas for their prize.
This year's Dallas game has a little more enticement, said Lake-Lehman girls basketball coach Brian Cutter.
The boys teams from both schools will follow up their rivalry game by playing in a tournament.
Dallas will try to defend its title in the Ang Schifano Tournament at Wyoming Area.
The Mountaineers play Old Forge in a 6 p.m. opener on Wednesday. Wyoming Area plays Wyoming Valley West in the other first-round game.
The finals are scheduled for Friday.
Lake-Lehman will take part in the McGrane Memorial Tournament at the Wilkes-Barre CYC Wednesday and Friday. The Black Knights are scheduled to face Holy Redeemer at 6:30 p.m. in Wednesday's tournament opener.
Pittston Area, which defeated Lake-Lehman in last year's final, will meet Hanover Area in the other semifinal.
Lake-Lehman has already played in one tournament, taking third out of four teams at the Cal King Memorial Tournament Dec. 14-15 when Adam Dizbon scored 36 points in the 88-83 overtime consolation game victory over host Lackawanna Trail.
Pete Borum had 34 points in two games to make the all-tournament team.
The Lake-Lehman wrestling team will compete in the region's largest regular-season tournament, the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Tournament Friday and Saturday. This will be the tournament's 35th year.
Dallas will wrestle in a tournament for the fourth straight weekend. The Mountaineers are part of the Conestoga Valley Holiday Tournament Friday and Saturday.
The swimming teams and girls basketball teams from each school will not play in tournaments.
The only basketball game for the Dallas girls, who opened their season with a second-place tournament finish at Wyoming Valley West, will be the trophy game against Lake-Lehman.
Lake-Lehman has a non-league home game scheduled against Crestwood for Dec. 27.
Jeff Shook, who took over as Lake-Lehman's interim athletic director earlier this month, said booster clubs at Dallas and Lake-Lehman have combined efforts to add the Black and Blue Rivalry Trophy to each of the two meetings between basketball teams from the schools.