TICONDEROGA-Hardwood stars of yesterday recaptured lost glory during the 13th annual Ticonderoga Best Fourth in the North Basketball Tournament.
The event, which raised money for the own's annual Independence Day celebration, attracted about 300 fans as Ticonderoga High School alumni battled in the school gym once again.
"For more than a decade the basketball alumni have gathered at the Ticonderoga High School gym to help support the Best Fourth in the North basketball tournament," said Bob Dedrick, who chairs the event. "This year is no exception. Alumni who graduated in the early (19)80s to the most recent grads all converge at the gym to renew friendships, relive memories, get a chance to pit their skills against common opponents and help raise funds for the Fourth of July celebration."
This year's championship game featured the second oldest squad, made up of the 1991-2001 graduates, against 2001-2006 graduates. The 1991-2001 club won by a point thanks to clutch foul shooting by Joe Defayette.
Joining Defayette on the 1991-2001 team were Matt Cossey, Chris Hens, Steve Boyce, Dan Shaw, Joe Burris, Bill Treadway, Dan Michalak and Dan Dorsett.
The runner-up 2001-2006 roster included Brendan Graney, Brian Little, Dominick Fontana, Adam Porter, Brian Defayette, Jason Boutelle, Jamie Burris, Andy Kuhl and Devon Slattery.
The 2007-2010 graduates won the consolation game.That team featured Paul LaPointe, Colin Webber, Steve Burris, Hunter Denno, Jake Kelly, Josh Demaris, Mike Pockett, Jake Taylor, John Molina and Robert Kearns.
The seniors, those graduating from the years 1983-1991, had won the tournament several times in the past. This year they lost two close games. The team included Gary Manning, Mike Graney, Bob Dedrick, Terry Benedict, Mike Bresett, Jamie Rockhill, Jim Shaw, Rick Merrill and F.P.Tierney.
Adam Porter was the three-point contest winner edging out Brian Defayette, Rick Merrill and Brendan Graney.
"All in all, 37graduates thrilled the crowd for several hours in an attempt to regain those fleeting years of glory," event chairman Dedrick said. "Yet the winner was clearly the Best Fourth in the North committee."
The tournaments raised about $800 for the annual community celebration.
"A tremendous thank you to Steve Defayette, Rick Smith and Chuck Campni who officiated the games, to the Ticonderoga Central School for hosting the tournament and to Mike Diskin who ran the scoreboard," Dedrick said. "A special thank you to the Manning family who donated $100 in memory of their deceased family members."