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The Naples Holiday Shootout is moving again. However, tournament organizers promise the event will have the same top-notch talent at its new location that led it to become one of the best girls basketball tournaments in the country.

On the boys’ side, the Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest returns to Golden Gate for the 21st playing of the tournament. The two holiday tournaments will give local basketball fans plenty to watch between Christmas and New Years.

The girls Holiday Shootout is Dec. 28-30, while the boys Holiday Hoopfest is Dec. 27-30.

The Shootout is moving to Gulf Coast High School after one year at Community School. It was at St. John Neumann for three years before that (2013-15). The girls’ tournament developed into a holiday staple at Barron Collier, where it was created in 1999 and remained until 2012.

The Shootout brings in teams from all over the country with some of the best girls basketball recruits in the nation. Because of that, coaches from dozens of NCAA Division I college programs descend on Naples for the three days of the Shootout.

The talent is the same – 16 teams from nine states will play in the Shootout (in two eight-team brackets). Tournament director Ron Mosbach still is working with Dan Olson, who runs ESPN’s HoopGurlz recruiting rankings, to select top teams with top players for the event.

Normally a fixture of the event, Barron Collier opted not to play in the Shootout this year. The Cougars, the only local team to win the tournament (2008), lost six seniors from last year and has seven brand new varsity players. Coach Mike Hamburg wanted to open up a spot in the tournament for a team that could be more competitive with the elite teams.

Enter Gulf Coast. The Sharks have nearly every player back from last year’s regional championship team, including Miami commit Yasmeen Chang and Stetson signee Jordan Cloutier. Junior Mya Giusto is committed to Division II Tampa.

Mosbach, the girls JV coach at Barron Collier, extended an invite to the Sharks. Without the Cougars in the field, Mosbach said it made sense to move the Shootout to Gulf Coast.

“I always want to have two local teams in it, and I want one to host,” Mosbach said. “We’ll probably have it at Gulf Coast next year because they’ll still be the hot team. We’ll go from there.

“I’d like to keep it at Barron or Gulf Coast, but you never know. Naples High School might come up with a big team. We always want to keep it at one of the big local teams (gym).

The Gulf Coast girls basketball team has stepped up its schedule this season, including the upcoming Shootout. This past weekend the Sharks played in the She Got Game Classic near Washington, D.C. Gulf Coast won both its games, including Sunday’s win over four-time defending Delaware state champion Ursuline.

“It’s incredible,” Sharks coach Mark Woodruff said about hosting the Shootout. “It’s definitely a win-win for us. We get to play great competition in front of big-time college coaches, and we get to do it at home.”

The boys’ Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest returns to the blueprint it’s established since returning from a one-year hiatus in 2013 – a mix of local teams, strong statewide programs and a couple from out of state.

Joining host Golden Gate among the local teams are Community School, Immokalee, Lely, Naples, Palmetto Ridge, Lehigh and Southwest Florida Christian. The two out-of-state teams in the 16-team field are regulars. Wilmette (Ill.)-Loyola from outside of Chicago returns for the third straight year. Nashville (Tenn.)-Ensworth makes its eighth trip to Naples in the past 10 Decembers.

Ensworth won four Hoopfest championships its first six appearances (including when it was known as the Gulfshore Shootout) before losing in the second round last year.

Loyola won the Hoopfest championship last year, beating Orlando-Timber Creek in the finals. The Ramblers’ girls team also is coming to town, playing in the Holiday Shootout at Gulf Coast.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Naples Holiday Shootout

Dec. 28-30

At Gulf Coast High School

Thursday, Dec. 28

American Division

Game 3 – Mason (Ohio) vs. Louisville (Ky.)-Male, 10:30 a.m.

Game 4 – Atlanta-Westlake vs. Miami Country Day, 1:30 p.m.

Game 5 – Troy (Ala.)-Henderson vs. Greater Atlanta Christian, 3 p.m.

Game 6 – Harrodsburg (Ky.)-Mercer County vs. Fort Myers, 6 p.m.

National Division

Game 1 – Wilmette (Ill.)-Loyola vs. Bradenton-Braden River, 9 a.m.

Game 2 – Houston (Texas)-Lutheran North vs. Lehigh, 4:30 p.m.

Game 7 – New Orleans (La.)-Ursulline vs. Newtown (Pa.)-Council Rock North, noon

Game 8 – Gulf Coast vs. Fort Lauderdale-Cardinal Gibbons, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 29

American Division

Game 9 – Consolation, Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 9 a.m.

Game 11 – Consolation, Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6, noon

Game 13 – Semifinal, Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 3 p.m.

Game 15 – Semifinal, Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 6 p.m.

National Division

Game 10 – Consolation, Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 10:30 a.m.

Game 12 – Consolation, Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, 1:30 p.m.

Game 14 – Semifinal, Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 4:30 p.m.

Game 16 – Semifinal, Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 30

American Division

Seventh-place – Loser Game 9 vs. Loser Game 11, 10:30 a.m.

Fifth-place – Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 11, 1:30 p.m.

Third-place – Loser Game 13 vs. Loser Game 15, 4:30 p.m.

Championship – Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 15, 7:30 p.m.

National Division

Seventh-place – Loser Game 10 vs. Loser Game 12, 9 a.m.

Fifth-place – Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 12, noon

Third-place – Loser Game 14 vs. Loser Game 16, 3 p.m.

Championship – Winner Game 14 vs. Winner Game 16, 6 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest

Dec. 27-30

At Golden Gate High School

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Lely vs. Wilmette (Ill.)-Loyola, 9 a.m.

Cardinal Gibbons vs. Palmetto Ridge, 10:45 a.m.

Community School vs. Parkland-Stoneman Douglas, 12:30 p.m.

Lehigh vs. Hallandale, 2:15 p.m.

Immokalee vs. Largo, 4 p.m.

Golden Gate vs. Orlando-Timber Creek, 5:45 p.m.

Naples vs. Deerfield Beach, 7:30 p.m.

Nashville (Tenn.)-Ensworth vs. Southwest Florida Christian, 9:15 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 28

Consolation (TBA), 9 a.m.

Consolation (TBA), 10:45 a.m.

Consolation (TBA), 12:30 p.m.

Consolation (TBA), 2:15 p.m.

Quarterfinals, 4 p.m.

Quarterfinals, 5:45 p.m.

Quarterfinals, 7:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals, 9:15 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 29

Consolation (TBA), 9 a.m.

Consolation (TBA), 10:45 a.m.

Consolation (TBA), 12:30 p.m.

Consolation (TBA), 2:15 p.m.

Consolation (TBA), 4 p.m.

Consolation (TBA), 5:45 p.m.

Semifinal, 7:30 p.m.

Semifinal, 9:15 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 30

Third-place game, 12:30 p.m.

Championship, 2 p.m.

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