Bethany Baker, The World

The basketball teams from Coquille and Marshfield compete in three-day tournaments starting Thursday as the squads continue preparation for the league season that starts in the new year.

Coquille is part of the massive Crusader New Year’s Invitational, which is hosted by Salem Academy and includes three eight-team brackets for both boys and girls. Gold Beach and Brookings-Harbor also are in that event.

Coquille’s boys, ranked No. 3 in the OSAA power rankings and No. 4 in the Class 3A coaches poll, are in the same bracket with top-ranked Dayton, one of the only two other unbeaten teams in Class 3A, along with Irrigon.

To get to the championship game, Coquille needs to get through traditional powerhouse Cascade Christian on Thursday and either Brookings-Harbor or No. 2 Class 2A team Western Mennonite in the semifinals. On the other side of the bracket, Dayton likely would meet De La Salle North Catholic in the semifinals Friday, a rematch of last year’s state championship game.

Gold Beach’s boys are in the Black Bracket, starting against fellow Class 2A school Kennedy, ranked No. 4.

Coquille’s girls, meanwhile, should see their best competition of the preseason among Class 3A teams. The Red Devils are ranked 12th in the power rankings, but have been in the top four most of the year in the coaches poll, with all three losses coming to Class 4A schools.

The Red Devils open against Sheridan, and with a win would likely face top-ranked and tournament-host Salem Academy in the semifinals. No. 2 Dayton is on the other side of the Silver Bracket.

Brookings-Harbor’s girls, which handed Coquille one of its losses, are in the Green Bracket, opening against Valley Catholic, another Class 4A team. The other side of that bracket includes top-ranked Class 2A school Kennedy and Lakeview, which is No. 6 in the Class 3A power rankings.

Gold Beach is in the Black Bracket, opening against East Linn Christian. At No. 9 in Class 2A, the Panthers are one of the top teams in that bracket, along with Portland Christian, the No. 8 team in Class 3A.

Marshfield’s teams are in the Evergreen Federal Bank tournament hosted by North Valley High School near Grants Pass.

The girls, ranked No. 1 in the Class 4A power rankings, open against host North Valley, a team they beat in the Les Schwab South Coast Holiday Basketball Tournament.

The event also includes Scappoose, Hidden Valley, South Umpqua, Fall River (California) and Class 5A schools Eagle Point and Crater. Hidden Valley is No. 2 in Class 4A and Crater is At No. 5 in Class 5A.

Marshfield’s boys, ranked No. 2, open against No. 7 Sutherlin. Crater is unbeaten and ranked No. 3 in Class 5A. Sutherlin and Phoenix are in the boys field instead of Eagle Point and Fall River. 

In another event this week, Bandon is at the Oakland Booster Club Holiday Tournament on Thursday and Friday. Bandon faces Glide and Oakland faces Umpqua Valley Christian on the opening day.

North Bend’s squad is not in any tournament this week, but will join Marshfield in the Sky-West Crossover Tournament next weekend, which matches teams from the Far West and Skyline leagues. North Bend has a nonleague game this week at Elmira on Saturday.

Marshfield's wrestling team also is in a big tournament this week, at Reno, Nev., starting Thursday.