BY Jim Haynes
Times-Reporter sports writer
NEW PHILADELPHIA If you love boys high school basketball, then you will want to be at Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School this weekend as the Saints will be hosting the first Dover-Phila Credit Union Holiday Shootout on Friday and Saturday.
The tournament will feature a total of 14 Catholic schools from the state of Ohio and one from Pennsylvania. A total of 14 games will be played during the two days.
The Holiday Shootout has been a collaborative effort from both the school and the community, led by Central Catholic’s first-year athletic director Ed Mason.
“The idea for the tournament came last year when I was the junior varsity coach,” said Mason. “I organized a JV tournament that we held last year, and with former athletic director Charlie Jones’ blessing, I began to work on the varsity shootout.”
The shootout will feature teams from Toledo to Cincinnati, as well as Pennsylvania. The teams that will be playing have a rich tradition of success in the high school basketball realm, as the teams have a combined 16 state titles, 16 state runners-up, and 59 state final four appearances.
Undertaking such a large tournament was no easy task for Mason. However, with the help of local businesses and many volunteers, he is ready for the tournament to begin.
“The main sponsor is Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union, but we have received many generous donations and assistance from the other businesses. This event couldn’t take place without the efforts of everyone involved, including the Booster Club and those who will volunteer at the ticket table and concession stand during the two-day event.” said Mason.
The list of community supporters are The Schoenbrunn Inn, Comfort Inn, Country Inn and Suites, Subway, Cibo’s, and the Dennison Yard.
The event also has led to some touch-ups to the existing locker rooms at the school.
“The junior high boys have helped me sand all the lockers in the varsity locker room, while members of the booster club have helped me paint them. Greg Puntenney has been setting up an additional locker room to use during the tournament as well.” Mason said.
Tickets for the two-day event will be available at the door, and are just $10 for each day, which will gain admission for all seven games per day. Games will begin at 10 a.m. both days.
Meanwhile, two other area schools will host basketball tournaments.
BARNETT REALTORS CLASSIC
If you want even more basketball this weekend, you can just go down the road a few blocks to New Philadelphia high school and take in the Barnett Realtors Classic, which features four teams that will battle it out.
Friday night will feature Philo taking on Cincinnati St. Xavier in the early game at 6, while New Philadelphia will battle West Holmes in the nightcap at 8.
The winners will face off Saturday in the late game at 8, and the losers will square off in the early contest at 6.
FIRST FEDERAL HOLIDAY SHOWCASE
Also this weekend, a trip to Berlin may pique your interest as the Hiland Hawks will entertain Danville and Brookhaven in the First Federal Holiday Showcase.
On Friday, Perry and Brookhaven will play at 6 followed by Hiland and Danville at 7:45.
On Saturday, Fairfield Christian and Loudonville will hook up at 6 with Hiland hosting Brookhaven at 7:45.
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- Fremont St. Joseph vs. Delphos St. John, 11:45
- Bishop Fenwick vs. Columbus DeSales, 1:30
- NDCL vs. Chaminade Julliene, 3:15
- Bishop Ready vs. Holy Name, 5
- Cathedral Prep (Pa.) vs. Toledo St. John, 6:45
- Hamilton Badin at Tuscarawas Central Catholic, 8:30
- Bishop Fenwick vs. NDCL, 10
- Columbus DeSales vs. Dayton Carroll, 11:45
- Hartley vs. Delphos St. John, 1:30
- Columbus Ready vs. Fremont St. Joseph, 3:15
- Holy Name vs. Hamilton Badin, 5
- Chaminade Julliene vs. Toledo St. John, 6:45
- Canton Central Catholic at Tuscarawas Central Catholic, 8:30