FAIRFIELD — After a one-year hiatus, the Fairfield Holiday Classic is back.
The Fairfield High boys basketball team will host seven other schools starting Friday, with more action scheduled for Saturday and then Monday.
Falcons coach Eddie Wilson, who’s back after a short stint as an assistant at Solano Community College, said it was just the right thing to do.
“It was really important to us for a couple of reasons,” Wilson said earlier this week. “No. 1, it’s our primary fundraiser. (And No. 2), we want to bring quality basketball to the community and give them the opportunity to see us play at home. We are guaranteed three home games.
“It’s nice to get Vanden and Armijo to come back. It’s going to be great local basketball, We are really excited. It’s our 10th time running the tournament. Not having it last year, we definitely missed it.”
Along with the Vikings and Indians, the other five teams scheduled to play are San Marcos, Antelope, Oak Ridge, Kennedy of Sacramento and West of Tracy.
Antelope-Oak Ridge kicks off the action, Friday, at 3:30 p.m., with Armijo facing Kennedy at 4:30 p.m. The host Falcons will face West at 6 p.m., with Vanden playing San Marcos at 7:30 p.m..
“(The field) is really good,” Wilson said. “Antelope has a history as section contenders and Kennedy is good, too. And Oak Ridge is good out of their conference.
“We’re excited. It might be the best field that we’ve ever had. The structure is unique, playing Friday, Saturday, taking Sunday off, then coming back on Monday. Running a tournament is a lot of work, but it’s really enjoyable.”
The Falcons are off to their best start under Wilson at 9-2 and will look to take home the title on their home floor.
“There’s a couple of things (to are good start),” Wilson said. “We are senior-heavy. We have guys that have played big minutes (before). Tony (Bryant) did great job last year keeping system intact. The best record in my tenure was 8-3.
“We are excited about that in addition to experience. We are really deep, and can play a lot of guys. We are in great shape and we run a lot of guys at you. We’re not very big (but) everybody can play all the spots. Experience and depth right now is key to quick our start. We still have a lot of work to do before we get into league season.”
Reach Brian Arnold at 427-6969 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/barnolddr.