Four area boys basketball teams get a head start toward next season this weekend when they compete in the Trailblazer Shootout at Vincennes University.

Middle school games take place today at the P.E. Complex and Rec Center courts, while varsity and junior varsity teams take over on Friday and Saturday.

Lincoln's and South Knox's varsity and JV teams play both days, while Lawrenceville's varsity and JV play Friday and Red Hill's varsity plays Saturday. A full schedule of high school games is listed inside today's edition in the Scoreboard. Admission for the event is $5.

For the Alices, it's the first chance local fans get to see new coach Jordan Myers in action. Myers was hired by Lincoln in April after coaching the previous two years at Benton Central, going 24-24. Myers has a trio of starters returning.

Second-year Spartans coach David Burkett tries to build on an area-best 18-7 mark from last season. South Knox graduated four starters, but builds around rising senior Justin Fickling, who was the only non-senior named to the Sun-Commercial all-area first team this past season.

Lawrenceville and Red Hill each suffered significant losses from graduation. The Indians have a deep class of incoming seniors to make up for it, including returning starters Blayne Winningham and Jordan Jones, while the Salukis try to regroup around their lone returning starter, rising junior Drake Allen.

TRAILBLAZER SHOOTOUT

A schedule of games for the Trailblazer Shootout, which features varsity and junior varsity boys basketball games at the VU P.E. Complex and Rec Center (x-P.E. Complex Main, y-P.E. Complex West, a-Rec Center Court A, b-Rec Center Court B, c-Rec Center Court C, d-Rec Center Court D; area teams in bold):

Friday's games

10 a.m.

x-Terre Haute North vs. Lincoln

y-Wood Memorial JV vs. Linton JV

a-Evansville Central vs. South Knox

b-Loogootee vs. White River Valley

c-South Knox JV vs. White River Valley JV

d-Loogootee JV vs. Sullivan JV

11 a.m.

x-Wood Memorial vs. Linton

y-Princeton JV vs. Lincoln JV

a-Lawrenceville vs. Terre Haute North 2

b-Paris JV vs. Wood Memorial JV

c-Sullivan JV vs. Evansville Bosse JV

d-Lawrenceville JV vs. White River Valley JV

Noon

x-Loogootee vs. Lincoln

y-Evansville Central JV vs. South Knox JV

a-Sullivan vs. Terre Haute North

b-White River Valley vs. Terre Haute North 2

c-Evansville Central vs. Princeton

d-Paris JV vs. Linton JV

1 p.m.

x-Paris vs. Wood Memorial

y-Sullivan JV vs. Lincoln JV

a-Loogootee vs. Linton

b-Lawrenceville vs. South Knox

c-Loogootee JV vs. Princeton JV

d-Wood Memorial JV vs. White River Valley JV

2 p.m.

x-Princeton vs. Terre Haute North 2

y-Paris JV vs. South Knox JV

a-Evansville Central vs. Lincoln

b-Sullivan vs. White River Valley

c-Evansville Central JV vs. Linton JV

d-Lincoln JV vs. Evansville Bosse JV

3 p.m.

x-Evansville Bosse vs. Terre Haute North

y-Evansville Central JV vs. Princeton JV

a-Paris vs. South Knox

b-Wood Memorial vs. Terre Haute North 2

c-Princeton vs. Linton

d-Lawrenceville JV vs. Sullivan JV

4 p.m.

x-Evansville Central vs. Sullivan

y-Paris JV vs. White River Valley JV

a-Paris vs. Linton

b-Lawrenceville vs. Loogootee

c-Loogootee JV vs. Linton JV

d-South Knox JV vs. Wood Memorial JV

5 p.m.

x-South Knox vs. Terre Haute North

y-Lawrenceville JV vs. Evansville Bosse JV

a-Evansville Bosse vs. Lincoln

b-Wood Memorial vs. White River Valley

d-Evansville Central JV vs. Loogootee JV

6 p.m.

x-Lawrenceville vs. Sullivan

y-Princeton JV vs. Linton JV

b-Paris vs. Princeton

c-Lawrenceville JV vs. Lincoln JV

Saturday's games

10 a.m.

x-Red Hill vs. Linton

y-Mitchell JV vs. Lincoln JV 2

a-Hutsonville vs. South Knox

b-Terre Haute South vs. Lincoln

c-Austin vs. Evansville North

11 a.m.

x-Evansville North vs. Washington

y-Austin JV vs. South Knox JV

a-North Vermillion vs. Linton

b-Austin vs. Terre Haute South

c-Evansville North JV vs. Washington JV

Noon

x-Mitchell vs. Lincoln

y-Lincoln JV vs. Linton JV

a-Red Hill vs. South Knox

b-Evansville North JV vs. Mitchell JV

c-Washington JV vs. Lincoln JV 2

1 p.m.

x-Austin vs. South Knox

y-MItchell JV vs. South Knox JV

a-Washington vs. Linton

b-Hutsonville vs. North Vermillion

2 p.m.

x-Evansville North vs. Terre Haute South

y-Hutsonville vs. Lincoln

a-Mitchell vs. Linton

b-Evansville North JV vs. Lincoln JV

c-Washington JV vs. Linton JV

3 p.m.

x-Mitchell vs. Red Hill

y-Evansville North JV vs. South Knox JV

a-Austin vs. Washington

b-Evansville North vs. Lincoln

c-Austin JV vs. Linton JV

4 p.m.

x-North Vermillion vs. South Knox

y-South Knox JV vs. Washington JV

a-Terre Haute South vs. Washington

b-Mitchell JV vs. Lincoln JV

5 p.m.

x-North Vermillion vs. Red Hill

y-Austin JV vs. Lincoln JV

a-Hutsonville vs. Mitchell

c-Linton JV vs. Lincoln JV 2

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