The ESPNHS National High School Invitational tournament will invade Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Md., on March 29-31.
In all, 10 games featuring some of the country’s top boys’ and girls’ teams will air live from the Hanley Center on ESPNU, ESPN2 and ESPN. All telecasts will also be available online through ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
The girls’ championship game will commence at noon on March 31 (ESPNU) with the boys’ championship following at 2 p.m. (ESPN).
Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) coach Mike Peck won the inaugural NHSI back in 2009, and likened the tournament to “a smaller scale Big Dance.”
“That’s basically what it is, the NCAA Tournament, but it’s just on the high school level,” said Peck whose Pilots are ranked No. 2 in the POWERADE FAB 50. “We feel very fortunate to have been a part of this in the past. It’s such a great, competitive tournament that can give you some type of closure to your season. Now sometimes that’s not so good, but that’s what March is all about anyway.”
Last year, Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) won a double-overtime thriller over Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) to claim the boys’ title, while Dr. Phillips (Orlando), the girls’ tournament’s lowest seed, knocked off Murry Bergtraum (Manhattan, N.Y.) in the finals.
Participating teams for this year’s tournament will be announced at a later date.