The invitation has been extended to the state champs. Covina High School boys basketball coach Will Bissman told me over the weekend that La Verne Lutheran has been invited to the 57th annual Covina Christmas boys basketball tournament in December. Lutheran coach Eric Cooper said a month ago the Trojans’ 2010-11 schedule was filled with numerous outside tournaments and showcase games, making it almost impossible to accept Covina’s invite, but at least the invitation has been extended and an area coach has reached out. It’s a step. If Lutheran could squeeze the Covina tournament in its schedule, it would create quite a buzz for a week in Covina, and it would give Lutheran the chance of playing in front of huge San Gabriel Valley crowds and warm them to area followers. Chino Hills, Bonita, Bishop Amat, Los Altos and Northview are all expected in the tournament next year, which would be the area’s only shot of potentially watching a Bonita-Lutheran, or Bonita-Amat game.