URBANDALE, Iowa -- National Prep Poll champions aren't crowned in December, but the groundwork for a national title can certainly be lain this time of year.
Current Top 25 teams will participate in more than a dozen different national tournaments between now and the end of the month. How those squads fare against highly touted teams from other parts of the country will have a great impact on their standing in the national rankings as the new year begins.
The City of Palms Classic, which features eight Top 25 and regionally ranked teams in its main bracket, tips off Friday. The tournament favorites include top-ranked Findlay (Henderson, Nev.), No. 5 Westchester (Los Angeles), No. 8 St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.), and No. 10 Milton (Alpharetta, Ga.).