By CT McDonald

Irmo winter sports teams have returned to regular season competition after a Winter Break of holidays and tournament games with region games just ahead.

Irmo’s varsity boys took their run in the Mountaineer Holiday Classic tournament all the way to the championship game before taking a 65-55 loss to Hickory Grove Christian to finish second at 2-1 for the event.

The Yellow Jackets got big wins against Crest High School (70-50) and Cox Mill (87-77) before taking the loss in the tournament finals game. Then, to start the new year, the Irmo boys played Travelers Rest last week and took just their third loss of the season, including the loss to Mauldin in the preseason Impact Sports Invitational tournament at Spartanburg.

Now Irmo has earned its 11th victory with this week’s 50-44 win at River Bluff, with a 7:30 pm Friday game at Chapin next on the agenda. And that will conclude the non-region games for the regular season, with the exception of two against Dutch Fork on January 24 and February 11.

The Irmo varsity girls basketball team has also lost only three games this season; one in the preseason A. C. Flora tournament, one in the pre-Christmas CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational at Myrtle Beach and the 57-52 non-region loss to River Bluff early this week.

Now at 10-3, the Yellow Jackets will take on Chapin Friday at 6 pm at Chapin.

Both varsity teams will open the Region 4-5A games Tuesday, next week, at home against Spring Valley; girls at 6 pm, boys at 7:30 pm.

And Irmo’s varsity wrestlers have been heavily involved in tournament competition, with more just ahead.

After the pre-Christmas Demon tournament at Lugoff-Elgin, the Yellow Jackets competed in the Coastal Clash tournament just after Christmas Day, and then they were to wrestle in the Rumble On The River last Saturday.

And they’re not done yet. Irmo is set to compete in the annual Blue Devil Tournament at Dreher Friday and Saturday, and then wrestle in the Military Duals at Chapin next weekend, also on Friday and Saturday.

All District Five teams, including Dutch Fork and Chapin, are back on schedule after the holidays with region games starting in the next few days.