(Binghamton, NY) –Broome County Executive Debbie Preston, Binghamton City School officials, event sponsors, tournament organizers and local high school teams today attended a news conference to announce details of the 23rd annual Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic, which will take place December 27th through the 30th at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in downtown Binghamton.
“The Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic is a much anticipated holiday tradition that delivers an important message through an impressive high school basketball competition,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “We are very excited to mark the 23rd anniversary of the event and the third with Mirabito as the title sponsor. Brooms County thanks Mirabito Energy Products, tournament organizers and sponsors of the Holiday Classic, who continue to make this showcase event possible.”
“Each year the Tournament mixes top flight competition with numerous seminars to highlight the serious consequences of impaired driving and we have a tremendous field for 2014 in terms of competition and speakers,” said Chris Marion, Tournament Director and Broome County STOP-DWI Program coordinator. “I can’t say enough about the support we have received from the Mirabito family by making a good product even better.”
“First and foremost, spreading the STOP-DWI message is so important in our community and this is a great opportunity to do that,” said Joe Mirabito, CEO of Mirabito. “We are honored to be partnered with Broome County on this premier event and look forward to seeing competitive basketball at the Arena this year and in the years to come.”
The Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic is recognized as one of the premier holiday high school basketball tournaments in the Northeast. The Holiday Classic will again feature an eight-team national division and two four-team regional divisions.
For 2014, discounted pre-sale tickets will be available at the Arena Box Office until the end of the day on December 23rd. Tournament passes (20 games) will cost just $30 for ages six and up and session tickets (3 or 4 games) cost $5.00 for ages six and up. Children age five and under are free. On December 24th and throughout the tournament, prices increase to $42 for tournament passes and $10 for session passes. All games will be held at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on December 28th, 29th, and 30th. For a complete game schedule, visit www.bcHolidayClassic.com and follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates.
The Aldo Rossi Jr Memorial Police v. Police basketball game will again be held in conjunction with the 3-Point and Dunk Competition. Port Dickinson Police Officer Aldo Rossi Jr. was tragically stuck and killed by a drunk driver in 2008 on Route 7 in the Village of Port Dickinson. The memorial game and competition will take place beginning at 5.30pm on Friday, December 27th at the Veterans Memorial Arena. This will be the first chance for area fans to see the players display their skills. Tickets for the memorial game and dunk contest can be purchased the day of the event at the Arena for $5.
The education component of the Tournament has also been enhanced to include a comprehensive traffic safety message focusing on impaired, distracted and aggressive driving. Educational speakers for the 2014 tournament include:
- Jonathan Mueller presenting “Jonathan Against Drunk Driving” which focuses on his experiences after being hit head-on by a drunk driver in 1998;
- Visions Federal Credit Union presenting “Financial Literacy for Young Adults;”
- Broome County STOP-DWI, Traffic Safety Program, and New York State Police presenting “Hang Up, Buckle Up, Stay Sober, Just Drive” which focuses on impaired and distracted driving as well as seat belt use.
- Teen Traffic Safety Day interactive activities including a “Battle of the Belts” seatbelt competition, impaired driving simulators using “Fatal Vision” goggles, and distracted driving simulators.
Teams participating include:
Bishop Loughlin Memorial HS, Brooklyn, NY
Emmaus High School, Emmaus, PA
Landstown High School, Virginia Beach, VA
Nichols School, Buffalo, NY
Roman Catholic High School, Philadelphia, PA
St Michael’s College School, Toronto, Ontario
Westhill High School, Syracuse, NY
Wings Academy, Bronx, NY
Regional Division – Local Teams
Binghamton High School
Kennedy Catholic High School
Norwich High School
Owego Free Academy
Moravia High School
Sidney High School
Whitney Point High School
Windsor High School
National division players and teams to note include:
Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School: (1996- Champion, 2012-Champion)
Bishop Loughlin returns only four players from last season’s team that went 23-6 overall and finished in 1st place in the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Division, won a CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Championship, and made a CHSAA City Championship appearance. Returning players including 3 seniors, and 6’4” sophomore Keith Williams. The other ten spots are filled out by all 1st year varsity players that include 2 seniors, 4 juniors, and 4 sophomores.
Emmaus High School: (1st year)
Despite having a young team, the 2013-14 Green Hornets had one of the most successful seasons in recent history including playing for a District 11 Title for the first time in eight years, and qualifying for the Pennsylvania State Playoffs. Players to watch include:
David Kachelries- (Sophomore) 6’ PG (10.4ppg, 5.2apg, 34 3pt) who started 28 games as a freshman and was named to the Lehigh Valley All Star Team;
Matt Kachelries– (Sophomore) 6’ PG/SG (4.3ppg, 2asp, 14 3pt).
Both players are being looked at by Binghamton University amongst other DI programs.
Landstown High School: (2005-Runner Up, 2009- 7th Place)
Landstown is perennial Regional and State contender in the state of Virginia averaging 22 wins over the past 6 season. They have won 5 of the last 6 Beach District/Conference 1 Championship titles and returns 9 players from last years’ Virginia State 6A Runner-Up team featuring:
Darius Bolstad (Senior) 6’8” C – 1st Team Virginia All-State Class 6A, 1st Team Virginia All-South Region, Conference I Defensive Player of the Year, Radford University signee;
Rodrick Nicholson (Senior) 6’3” F – 2nd Team Virginia All-South Region Selection, 1st Team Conference I Selection;
Tyriq Nady (Junior) 5’10” PG- 2nd Team Conference I Selection.
Nichols School: (1st year)
Nichols finished the 2013-2014 season ranked as the #25 Class A program in New York State, the #2 small school in WNY and won the Manhattan Cup before falling in the Catholic state semifinals. Returning players to watch include:
Cameron Lewis (Senior) 6’8″ guard/forward – Can play every position on the court. He eclipsed the 1000 point career scoring mark in his final game of his junior year;
Chris Minor (Senior) 6’5″ power forward – One of the most versatile players in Western New York who continues to improve his perimeter skills. Eclipsed the 1000 point career scoring mark in last year’s Monsignor Martin playoffs;
Tanner Schmitt (Senior) 6’7″ swing man – Great deal of athleticism and a very good perimeter game.
Roman Catholic High School: (1st year)
In 2013-2014, Roman Catholic finished 25-3 and won the PIAA District XII AAAA Championship (City of Philadelphia). The Cahillites finished undefeated in the Philadelphia Catholic League regular season. At points of the 2013-2014 season Roman Catholic’s basketball team was ranked as one of the top teams in the state of Pennsylvania and even cracked the top 25 nationally by various publications. Roman graduated seniors Rashann London (Drexel) & Shep Garner (Penn State) in 2013-2014 but returns 5 other players from its rotation last season. Players to watch include:
Trevaughn Wilkerson (Senior) 6’6” Forward – Signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Hartford next season;
Gemil Holbrook (Senior) 6’4” Wing – Signed a letter of intent to attend Rider University;
Tony Carr (Junior) 6’4” PG – Carr was an all-league selection in the Philadelphia Catholic League.
St Michael’s College School: (2013-5th Place)
St Michael’s completed a remarkable 2013-2014 season with a record of 41-4 and rose to a #1 ranking in Canada from Northpolehoops.com for the 4th year in a row. The Blue Raiders return 2013 Holiday Classic All-Star Nelson Kaputo (Senior) 6’1”.
Westhill High School: (1997- Regional I Champion)
Westhill is returning 4 starters and 9 players from 2013-2014 Class B NYS and Federation championship team. Class B NYSSWA player of the year & Most Valuable Player of the NYS Tournament, Jordan Roland has signed to play basketball with George Washington University.
Wings Academy: (2008-5th Place, 2011-3rd Place)
Wings Academy is coming off an impressive 24-4 2013-2014 season where they finished in 1st place in the Bronx and also reached the New York City quarterfinals. They return two Division I seniors that have drawn national attention.
Jessie Govan (Senior) 6’11” Center has signed a letter of intent to attend Georgetown University and is currently rank #59 in the ESPN Top 100 of the Class of 2015;
Desure Buie (Senior) 6’1” PG has committed to Hofstra.
Regional division players and teams to note include:
Binghamton High School (1992-2013) (2011, 2012 Region I Champ)
Senior Nick Synder (6’4”) is a returning starter who is a good shooter and great defender. Senior Forwards Tylique Duggins (6’2”) and Sarbast Doski (5’11”) can run the court and score in transition. Senior Guard Anthony Weakland (6’1”) has the ability to be a great on-ball defender.
Kennedy Catholic (1st year)
Kennedy’s point guard Brandon Parker, shooting guard Sean Delaney, forward Dom Cristiano and center Kevin Buron are 4 key returning starters. Both Sean Delaney and Dom Cristiano were NYC All league and
Kevin Buron was honorable mention last year.
Norwich High School (’93, ’96, ’01-RII Champ, ’02-RI Champ, ’05, ’08, ’09, ’11- RII Champ, ’12, ’13-RII Champ)
In 2013-2014 the Purple Tornado won a 3rd consecutive Section IV Class B Championship before a season ending overtime loss in NY Regional play. They also won their 2nd consecutive STAC East title as well as were crowned STAC Overall Champions for the first time since 1993. The Purple Tornado return 6 players. 3rd year varsity players Zan Stewart and Michael Oralls lead this year’s team and were 2nd and 4th in scoring last year. Stewart was a STAC All Conference player while Oralls won STAC All Division and STOP-DWI All Tournament honors. Seniors Colin Stewart and Chris Trevisani and Juniors Carlos Ithier and Jamison Luk were key contributors in 2013 – 2014.
Owego Free Academy (’95- RI Champ, ’96, ’03, ’06, ’11)
Returning for an OFA team that went 11-7 and finished as Section IV, Class A Runners-up are 6’6” senior Brandon Hathaway and 5’8” senior Adam Blackwell. Hathaway was a 2014 STAC All-Conference selection.
Moravia High School (1st year)
The 2013-14 team finished 19-2 and was crowned Interscholastic Athletic Conference (I.A.C.) North Division Champions and I.A.C. Small School Champions before losing to Elmira Notre Dame in the Sectional Final. The Blue Devils return 5 varsity players. First Team All-Star Jared Lyon is playing his 4th year on varsity as a junior. Cole Johnson has 21 varsity starts.
Sidney High School (’97, ’98-RI Champ, ‘99, ’04, ’10)
The Warriors are a senior heavy team, returning three starters. The team struggled to a 7 and 10 record a year ago, but with the seniors now having a full year of experience and the addition of some underclassmen from a JV team that only lost two games; the team is looking forward to a better 2014-2015 campaign. Players to watch include senior guard Nick Meno who was second on the team in scoring last season at 13.5 points per game. Senior forward Wyatt McKee was third on the 2013-2014 team in scoring at 12.0 point per game and led the team in rebounds at nine per game.
Whitney Point High School (’92, ’94-RII Champ, ’96-RI Champ, ’00, ’04-RII Champ)
Whitney Point finished the 2013-2014 season with a league record of 9-2 and an overall record of 14-5 with a loss in the Class B sectional semifinals to an undefeated Norwich team. Key returning players include:
Gabe Shrauger – 19.2 pts/gm & 11.5 rebs/gm, Division MVP, 3rd Team All-State;
Zach Marsh – 17.7 pts/gm & 5.2 asst/gm, 1st Team Division All-Star, 6th Team All-State, 796 career points in three varsity seasons
Brady Harrington – 7.8 pts/gm….2nd Team Division All-Star
Windsor High School (’92, ’93, ’98-RII Champ, ’99, ’01, ’03, ’06, ’07- RII Champ, ’08)
After a disappointing 5-11 season in 2013-2014, Windsor is hoping to improve the program with their big men and juniors that have come up from the JV program. 6’7” senior Nate Wrighter was an All-STAC East selection and will play baseball for Bryant University next year and 6’4” senior Jake Conroy will play baseball at Binghamton University. Windsor expects big things from 6’4” junior Mike Beebe as well as explosive 6’3” junior Guard Dre Bosket.
The Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic is a project of the Broome County STOP-DWI Program that promotes an anti-substance abuse and drunk driving message to student athletes. For more information contact Chris Marion, Broome County STOP-DWI Program, P.O. Box 1766, Binghamton, New York 13902. Phone: 607-778-2056 or Fax: 607-778-2908.www.bcstopdwi.com