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We list the year the event started.
1998: Ligonier Valley Boosters Holiday Basketball Tournament. A girls-only tournament for 10 years, intra-district rival Laurel Valley has won the championship three times. Besides host Ligonier, Blacklick Valley has the most appearances, with six. In its 11th year in 2008, the tournament expands to include a boys’ bracket, which will also feature the Rams of Laurel Valley. (Credit: Doug Kurtz)
1997: The A-K Valley
(Allegheny - Kiski) Cager Classic
founded by Gary Miller with the help of Glenn Mills and Doug Scholl. The Cager
Classic has evolved into one of the premier basketball all-star events
(boys and girls) in western PA. Each player selected is required to
submit an essay on a given topic. The event is held at Highlands
High School gymnasium and is televised by the local Comcast broadcasting
network. Scholarships are awarded to the MVP's of each of the four squads and
to each of the boy and girl essay winners.
Find info at www.cagerclassic.com
1997: Jack Schott Memorial Holiday Tournament. 2012 marks the 16th Annual Tournament, in honor of a former scorekeeper and assistant coach. The 2012 dates are December 28 and 29, 6pm/7:30pm game times both nights. 12/28 matchups 6:00pm North Penn vs. Conwell Egan Catholic; 7:30pm Masterman vs. Holy Ghost Prep. December 29th: Consolation game 6:00pm/Championship 7:30pm. (Credit: Jim Stewart)
1995: The Stellar Construction ''Catch A
Rising Star'' boys summer basketball tournament. For four days,
Cedar Beach becomes ''Basketballtown'' with players, coaches and lawn
chair-carrying fans converging on West Allentown to watch a 64 team boys
1992: The Pennsylvania vs Maryland Senior High School All-Star Series. Featuring top senior players from Pennsylvania playing top senior players from Maryland. This series started at the Hersheypark Arena in 1992; in 2007 it was played at Steelton-Highspire High School. History and scores HERE
1991: The Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament at Kennett High School is always held the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.
annual Dean Patterson Great Chevy Shootout Bishop McCort’s Lady
Crushers tripped the Lady Marauders, 46-42, in the girls’ division
championship game. (12/30/07). Had Guilfoyle won, the Lady Marauders would have
gone all of 2007 without losing. The Lady Marauders won the Class A state title
last season and their only loss in 32 games was to Delone Catholic in the finals
of the Great Chevy Shootout, and that was in December, 2006.
(Jim Lane, Altoona Mirror)
1983: The Annual McDonald's High School Basketball Classic, held in Erie at the Gannon University Hammermill Center. They always feature a top-notch field; in 2007 it was St. Edward, Lakewood (Ohio), Solon (Ohio), Westchester, Los Angeles, (Calif), and for the 24th consecutive year Erie Cathedral Prep. It's usually about the second weekend in January. (email McDonaldsClassic@AOL.com)
1977: The Mid-State Roundball Classic started at Bishop McDevitt in Harrisburg. It moved over to Susquehanna Twp. High School in 2002. It is played at the end of the season and features all-star games that include both boys and girls from Central Pennsylvania.
1977: 30th Annual UPJ Mountain Cat Basketball Tournament Central Cambria won the title over defending champion Hollidaysburg with a 61-48 victory on Dec 16, 2007. The Red Devils got an MVP performance from junior Jordan Miller, who scored a game-high 32 points against the Golden Tigers after putting up 25 against Johnstown on opening night.
1975: DuBois Area Holiday Tournament.
The DuBois Area Holiday Tournament is a boys tournament – which began in 1975.
Three schools – Brockway, Brookville and DuBois have competed in every
tournament. During the 37th event in 2012, Central Tech defeated
DuBois Area 73-53 in the championship contest while Brockway defeated Brookville
56-40 in the consolation game.
(Pamela Murdock – Athletic Director, DuBois Area High School, 1/2/13)
1974: The Friday Night Pizza Tournament. Started in 1974 in St. Mary's in Northwestern Pennsylvania is held every Friday during the summer at the outdoor basketball courts at Memorial Park. It celebrated its 31st year in 2005. Three man teams enter in a double elimination tournament playing up to 7 points. Prizes (usually pizzas) go to the winners.
1974: Triangle Club Holiday Tournament: Norristown has now won the tournament 21 times since its 1974 inception. They recorded a 74-64, overtime win over Central Dauphin. (Norristown Times Herald, 12/29/12)
1974: The Annual Perry County Girl's Tournament. Started in 1974, it features Greenwood, West Perry, Susquenita, and Newport, all four schools in Perry County. It opens the season for these teams. Shannon Dyer, the coach at Susquenita said in 2006, " the PeCo Tournament is probably the most nerve wracking. You really don't know what to expect. This early in the season, it comes down to which team's players show up ready to play." (John Alvanitakis, Perry County Times, 11/30/06)
1973: the Annual Triangle Club Holiday Basketball
Tournament in West Norristown. Norristown breezed
past Upper Merion, 84-51, to claim the 2006 championship in the 33rd year
for the event. Norristown has won the Triangle Club title three
consecutive years and 12 out of the last 15 times. (Jason Shandler,
Norristown Times Herald)
1971: Windber Area Athletic Boosters Association Tournament Windber will host the longest continuous running tip-off tournament in the state on Friday November 30, 2007, the Windber Area Athletic Boosters Association Tournament’s 36th annual event for girls. The three-time defending tournament champion Bishop McCort girls did not return this season. (CORY ISENBERG, Johnstown Tribune Democrat)
1971: Shaler Area Basketball Boosters Jr. High
Tournament, 37 years as of Feb 2008. This true SCHOOL team Jr.
High Tournament has been going on since 1971. The tournament is set up for 7th,
8th, and 9th grade boys, as well as 8th grade girls.
It is a single-elimination tournament and gives out team trophies to the top 4 teams in each division.
(No Freshman playing Varsity or JV are permitted to play, so the true 9th grade teams compete)
http://www.sasd.k12.pa.us/SAHS-Login.aspx?id=4106 (Jake Sieber 412-648-9972).
1971: Peter Turonis/Pennstar Classic Tournament. Matt Tanner coveted this opportunity to celebrate the holidays with a championship.Helping to get No. 3 Mid Valley off to a fast start, Tanner paced the team to a 59-26 win over host Carbondale Area on Friday night in the 41st Peter Turonis/Pennstar Classic Tournament. (Scranton Times, 12/29/12)
1968: McGrane Holiday Basketball Tournament, the 44th Annual: Freshman, Junior Varsity & Varsity Divisions playing in 2012 includes Lake Lehman, Hanover Area, Holy Redeemer and Pittston Area. (Credit: James Higgins)
1967: Annual Shady Side Christmas Tournament. In 2008 (12/27/08) at the 41st tournament, Baldwin sophomore guard Robbie Zewe, hit six 3-pointers in the opening 16 minutes and finished with seven treys and a game-high 23 points in the Baldwin Highlanders' 71-52 victory over the Riverside Panthers.
1966: Boswell Jaycees Basketball Tournament. Intense defense and sizzling outside shooting helped the North Star girls’ basketball team pull away in the second half for a 66-48 victory over Forest Hills Thursday night in the opener of the 41st annual Boswell Jaycees Basketball Tournament on December 28, 2007. (CORY ISENBERG, Johnstown Tribune Democrat)
|1965: The Dapper Dan Roundball Classic. Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA. In 1965, Sonny Vaccaro (Trafford) and Pat DiCesare originated the Roundball Classic that at one time was the premier all-star basketball game in the country. 16,649 fans attended the 1979 game at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, the high water mark for the Roundball. The game started to fade into history in 1986 when the decision was made to no longer have a Pennsylvania team, but instead offer a national format with teams representing North, South, East, and West. The game folded in 1992. Vaccaro went on to became a high powered Nike executive, probably best known for signing Michael Jordan to his first sneaker deal.|
1964: The North Penn Holiday Tournament in its 48th year in Blossburg, Pa in 2012. Teams this year are N. Penn. Liberty, Canton and Galeton in boys. Belleville replaces Galeton in the girls. Girls Dec 27 and 29. Boys 28 and 29. (Credit: Pete Hall)
1960: The Albert C. Donfrio Basketball Classic in Conshohocken started in 1960 as a single-elimination tournament played at The Fellowship House of Conshohocken; it features most of the best high school players in the Philadelphia-South Jersey area, and often draws players from as far away as North Jersey and New York.
1959: the 53rd year for the tournament in 2012.
In 2006; Under the direction of veteran Coach Bob Donovan, the Lady
Bucks advanced to the title tilt with a 51-48 victory. Wallenpaupack will play upstart
Western Wayne, which KO’d Forest City by a score of 50-35.
Edwards, The Wayne Independent)
1959: The Windber Rotary Tournament held in Windber started about 1959 and they claim to be the longest running boys holiday tournament in Pennsylvania. The tournament always features the best teams in the Johnstown Area. Westmont Hilltop won the 2006 title 71-52 over host Windber. “This is the classiest tournament around and we love coming here,” Westmont coach Dave Roman Jr. said. “The kids know all the history here, so this is special.”
(Cory Isenburg, Johnstown Tribune Democrat)
1951: the Annual Lynett Memorial Tournament. The first 50 events were held in the Scranton Catholic Youth Center. In 2001, the Tournament switched to Scranton High School. The Scranton Times-Tribune sponsors what is commonly referred to as "the granddaddy" of high school basketball tournaments each year during the Christmas season. (Credit: Scranton Times-Tribune)
1950: Tyrone YMCA Open Basketball Tournament.
The All-American Rathskeller of State College
won the 15th Annual Tyrone YMCA Open Basketball Tournament by defeating
Sam's Furniture of Philipsburg 116-113 in overtime in 1965. Ray Snyder of
Bowling Green University scored 56 to lead the Skeller in the championship game.
(Tyrone Daily Herald ).
Harrison Schlimm was named the MVP of the Eighth Annual Tyrone YMCA Basketball Tournament in 1958. He scored 22 points in the St. Marys Collegians 61-45 win over Geesey Park in the quarterfinals, 33 points in a 75-72 overtime win over State College, and 25 points in the 63-53 overtime loss in the Tournament Finals to the Sinkers.
(St. Marys Daily Press)
The YMCA took a terrible flood loss in 2004.
1949: the Johnstown War Memorial Christmas Tournament. The nations top high school Christmas Tournament was held at the Johnstown (PA) War Memorial Arena. The first field had East Conemaugh led by all-stater Tommy Yewcic, McKeesport, Reading and Homestead. Reading won the tournament and Leon Miller of Reading was named the Outstanding player. Julius McCoy of Farrell was named the Outstanding Player in both 1950 and 1951. The tournament was modeled after a four-team event in New Orleans. In 1954, Philadelphia Overbrook won the tournament with their star player, 7 '1" Wilt Chamberlain. Only three teams participated that year to accommodate Overbrook so they could also play in the Farrell Tournament that year. Reggie Williams, Tyrone Bogues and Reggie Lewis played there in 1982-83 with Dunbar and all made history when each was selected in the first round of the 1987 NBA Draft. In 1991, Johnstown, Blackhawk (had Dante Calabria), Simon Gratz (had Rasheed Wallace) and the Dunbar Poets from Baltimore rounded out the four teams. Citing declining attendance, the tournament ceased after the 1994 event was completed. In 1994, only 1,700 people attended. The high water mark was 1972, when 8,000 fans attended. (Mike Mastovich, Johnstown Tribune Democrat) Find a copy of the 1954 Tournament Program HERE (Program credit: Tom Taylor)
1938: the First NIT Post Season Tournament. The Temple University Owls of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania coached by Jim Usilton win the first ever NIT Tournament held in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1937: the Sharon Hoyle Tournament
(once considered "Number 1" of such events in the
Eastern United States) was held in April each year, All-star teams from the
eastern United States played each year. Boston ABC won the 1997 Boy's Title, an
88-57 win over Pittsburgh Metro Index. Numerous college scouts attended and many
players gained their scholarship based on their play in this post season
tournament. However, later NCAA rules limited the participation of senior
players and eliminated the visits by Division 1 coaches. These limitations
turned the event into an underclassman tournament, attendance declined, and in
2006, discussions took place about ending the long-running event.
The initial event was started by W. U. Hoyle, born in Somerset
County in 1890. After serving as a sergeant major in World War I, he moved from
Pittsburgh where he sponsored his first Hoyle teams and settled in Sharon in
1937. There, he started his tournaments at the F. H. Buhl Club in 1940.
Proceeds from the events were used to help needy kids attend college. In 1959,
at age 69 he announced that he would become less active. He received community
awards for his work with the youth in Sharon from the Shenango Valley Junior
Chamber of Commerce, the Sharon American Legion, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and
the Optimist Club.
(Mairy Jayn Wege, Sharon Herald-3/7/59, "Hoyle is Sharon's Friend of the Boy")
1934: the First Brookville YMCA (Northwestern Independent) Tournament. It started in 1934, and reached its high water mark in 1941 when 48 teams were entered. Two time winners included the DuBois Litts, Ford City, and the Butler Cubs. As with other adult independent tournaments it faded into the basketball sunset in the 1960 's.
1931: the Rogers Tournament started at
the Wilkes Barre Family YMCA. It was named after William A. Rogers, who
served as the physical director of the Y from 1906 to 1931. The event was
the brainchild of State Senator William Davis. The first tournament attracted
eight teams and was won by a team called Luzerne Ex-High. The first tournament
only had an open division, then in 1946 a boy's high school division was added,
and in 1979 a girl's high school division. In the early years, a team had
to win the tournament three straight years to keep a trophy. The Hazzard
Rope team became the first to do that winning in 1941(defeating Central
Slipper), 1942 (defeating White's Cafe), and 1943 (Luzerne Anthracite).
In 2005, the Bishop O'Reilly eighth grade team won the 75th annual tournament defeating the Lady Sixers 36-30. Members of the championship team were from left, first row: Nicole Busch, Linnay Aufierre and Stacey Kandrac; second row, coach Jerry Busch, Morgan Kazmerski, Alexis Monahan, Brianna Dugas, Hilary Mihoch, and Katie Corgan.
(Larry Kishbaugh, Wilkes Barre Citizens Voice: 3/12/79)
1920: the PIAA Boy's State Championship Tournament started in 1920 when Harrisburg Tech defeated Bellevue 38-34. Click HERE for the box score of that game held at the Armory at Penn State University.
To qualify to be included in this category, the tournament must have been
running for at least ten years. Submit your tournament story to Bill
Gaffey at email@example.com
2006: Pre-season tournaments, found HERE Tournament editorial, found HERE