Mercy High’s Holiday Basketball Tournament takes place later this week, featuring five other Mercy schools from across the country. No one is probably more excited about the event than longtime Magic coach Mary Ella Marion.

The Northern Parkway school was set to host the event last year, but Marion had breast cancer surgery. She and her Magic players will welcome San Francisco’s Mercy, Mercy from Nebraska, Merion Mercy Academy and Mercyhurst Prep from Pennsylvania, and Ohio’s Mother of Mercy.

The Magic has played in all four tournaments starting back in 2005 when San Francisco’s Mercy hosted. Marion said there’ll be a liturgy and dinner Wednesday for the teams, who also have sightseeing trips to downtown Baltimore and Washington planned.

The Mercy Tournament is among several tournaments taking place in and outside the area during the holiday break. Here’s the complete list.


Boys basketball

CKA/Panther Holiday Invitational at Paint Branch

Long Reach vs. Damascus, 3 p.m.

George Long Holiday Tournament at Wakefield High, Arlington, Va.

Calvert Hall College vs. Langley (Va.), 4:30 p.m.

Governor’s Challenge at Wicomico Civic Center

Arcadia (Va.) vs. Mervo, 4 p.m.

Edmondson vs. Sussex Tech (Del.), 7 p.m.

Stephen Decatur vs. Ben Franklin/Masonville Academy, 7:30 p.m.

Waldorf Holiday Hoops Classic at North Point

Mount Carmel vs. Northern-Calvert, 3 p.m.

Girls basketball

IAABO Board 134 Christmas Tournament at Prince George’s CC

River Hill vs. Friendly, 2 p.m.

Lady Spartans Holiday Classic at Laurel

Douglass vs. Kennedy, 12:45 p.m.

Patuxent vs. Dulaney, 2:30 p.m.

Dunbar (D.C.) vs. Meade, 4:15 p.m.

Southern vs. Glenelg, 6 p.m.

Laurel vs. Century, 7:45 p.m.

Naples (Fla.) Daily News Holiday Shootout at Barron Collier (Fla.) High

McDonogh School vs. Science Hill (Tenn.), 5 p.m..

Vernon Brown Tournament at Fallston

White Division

Joppatowne vs. Perry Hall, 1 p.m.

Bel Air vs. Edgewood, 3 p.m.

Orange Division

Patterson Mill vs. South River, 5 p.m.

Fallston vs. W.T. Woodson (Va.), 7 p.m.

Waldorf Holiday Hoops Classic at Westlake

Old Mill vs. Battlefield (Va.), 1 p.m.

Warriors Holiday Mixer at Woodlawn

Middletown vs. Randallstown, 2 p.m.

Crossland vs New Town, 3:30 p.m.

Long Reach vs. Lansdowne, 5 p.m.

Coppin Academy vs. Woodlawn, 6:30 p.m.