A tale of two tourneys
In Rochester, two annual holiday traditions are set to get underway.
The 26th annual Kiwanis Hockey Festival, today through Friday at Graham Arena, features all four Rochester high school boys teams (Century, John Marshall, Lourdes and Mayo), plus eight others.
Meanwhile, the 31st Rotary Holiday Classic, Thursday and Friday at Mayo Civic Center, features 16 boys and 16 girls basketball teams, again including teams from all four Rochester high schools.
Here are some key details viewers need to know:
• Rochester varsity teams playing today: Mayo (12:30 p.m., rink 1), John Marshall (5:30 p.m., rink 1), Century (7:45 p.m., rink 1) and Lourdes (7:30 p.m., rink 4). Other locals today include Dodge County (12:30 p.m., rink 1) and Albert Lea (3 p.m., rink 4).
• Outlook: Defending champion Mayo, winner of the Kiwanis tournament two of the last four years, is one of just eight teams in the state that’s still undefeated. The Spartans are 5-0-1.
• Admission: Single game, $8 for adults, $5 for students; all tournament pass, $20 for adults, $12 for students. Proceeds help support Kiwanis local youth projects.
• Rochester boys teams playing Thursday: Century (5 p.m. auditorium), Lourdes (5:30 p.m., exhibit hall), John Marshall (6:15 p.m., Taylor Arena), and Mayo (8:30 p.m., auditorium). Other locals Thursday include Caledonia (11:15 a.m., auditorium) Lake City (noon, exhibit hall), Byron (5 p.m., auditorium), Plainview-Elgin-Millville (8:30 p.m. auditorium).
• Rochester girls teams playing Thursday: Lourdes (3:30 p.m., exhibit hall), John Marshall (4 p.m., Taylor Arena), Mayo (6:45 p.m., auditorium), and Century (8 p.m., Taylor Arena). Other locals Thursday include Lake City (1 p.m., auditorium), Plainview-Elgin-Millville (1:45 p.m., exhibit hall), Byron (7:30 p.m. exhibit hall), and Caledonia (8 p.m., Taylor Arena).
• Outlook: Mayo and Century boys teams are both off to fast starts this season. John Marshall girls are 8-0 entering the tournament.
• Admission: Daily pass, $14 for adults, $6 for students. Two-day pass, $22 for adults, $10 for students. All net proceeds from ticket sales are distributed as grants to local youth and education-related nonprofit programs.