The Christmas break means just that: A break from the regular schedule of games and coverage.
Over in Seattle, the T-Mobile Invitational was covered on the Versus Network (watched a little between yelling at the TV during the UCLA football game) and I was struck by how well the girls' teams in our area match up with what is considered the nation's best.
The three ranked girls' teams that traveled to Seattle are not all that much more talented than the best of the Greater Spokane League and, Wednesday night at least, don't play with the intensity we see here on a night-by-night basis.
The tournament was covered by the Times, with a story on the girls and one on the boys. The P-I did four stories, with another one on Maya Moore, and game stories from the other girls' and boys' game.
There are other big tournaments going on around the nation as well, with Kentwood's girls earning a big win in Phoenix. Closer to home, Inglemoor's boys defeated Meadowdale, the ranked 4A team prevailing against the ranked 3A squad, while Snohomish won easily over a visiting Hawaiian team. And Skyview's girls routed Enumclaw.