St. Joseph (4-4), which won the Montini title in 2011, drew Marian Catholic in its opener at 8:15 p.m. Monday. The Chargers, who entered the week riding a three-game losing streak, will play Huntley or Geneva in the second round Dec. 26.
“This is one of the top tournaments and I’m glad we were able to stay in it,” St. Joseph coach Jim Maley said. “Our first game obviously will be very tough. Right away, we get the state champs. You can never hide from everybody [in this tournament].”