Junior and varsity boys' high school basketball teams will be taking to the courts tomorrow (Jan. 10) to kick off the second part of the Cochrane Classic.

Sixteen teams, eight juniors and six variety teams will be taking to the courts at both Cochrane and Bow Valley High.

Friday at 10:45, the Cochrane Cobras are hosting Olds and the Bow Valley Bobcats have a date with Wetaskiwin.

Junior games start at 2:15 with the Bobcats facing Canmore and the Cobras playing Wetaskiwin.

Cochrane High is hosting the varsity championship game and Bow Valley is hosting the junior championship on Saturday. Both games start at 5:45 p.m.

All of the varsity teams are from 3A schools and, except the Cobras and Bobcats, are from outside of the Rocky View Sports league. That provides the opportunity to gain a little bit of insight from possible matchups in the zone and provincial championships.

Of the varsity teams participating, Strathmore, Camrose, Bow Valley, and Canmore were in the top 10 from the first ranking period of the Alberta Schools' Athletic Association. The Cobras and Wetaskiwin received honourable mentions.

Patrick Court says all interested people are welcome to enjoy the action. Admission is free and people are welcome to bring nonperishable food donations for the local food bank if they so wish.

The Cochrane Classic is a long-running tournament that traditionally was a huge 32-team tournament of boys and girls teams. Some years, it saw play at all three Cochrane high schools.

Now, the girls' tournament is on a separate weekend and was held in mid-December.