Mike Bressett drives against Evan Glading in the 2013 Ticonderoga Alumni Tournament. The 2014 edition of the annual event will be played Saturday, April 5, at Ti High.
Ticonderoga High School basketball stars — and fans — will again have an opportunity to live their “Glory Days” when the annual Ticonderoga Alumni Tournament is played.
The benefit for the community’s “Best Fourth in the North” celebration, will be held Saturday, April 5, at the Ti high gym at noon.
“For over a decade the basketball alumni have gathered at the Ticonderoga High School to help support the ‘Best Fourth in the North’,” said Bob Dedrick, tournament organizer and a former Ti High coach. “This year is no exception.
“Alumni who have graduated in the 1980s to the most recent grads all converge at the gym to renew friendships, relive memories, get a chance to pit their skills against other graduates and help raise funds for the Fourth of July celebration,” he said.
The 2012 alumni tournament raised $600 for the “Best Fourth in the North.”
This year’s event will begin at noon. All players are asked to arrive at 11 a.m.
A year ago the championship game featured an exhausted senior team losing to a group of sophomores. The senior squad, winning a triple overtime game earlier against the freshmen, could not match the speed and youth of the younger group in the championship game.
The seniors consisted of graduates from 1983-1991, including Gary Manning, Bob Dedrick, Mike Bresett, Jamie Rockhill, Fred Merrill and F.P. Tierney.
The championship team, with players who graduated between the years 2004-2009, included Brendan Graney, Jason Boutelle, Andy Kuhl, Colin Webber, Hunter Denno and Evan Glading.
The group made up of the second oldest players, who graduated between the years 2001-2004, won the consolation game. That team featured Steve Boyce, Joe Defayette, Joe Burris, Brain Little, Bill Treadway and Jamie Burris.
The youngest group, who graduated in 2009-2011, lost two close games. The team included John Molina, Robert Kearns, Mike Pocket, Nick Mars, Dan Morrison and Dillon Laferty.
A three point contest elimination round will start at 11:45 a.m. with the finals held prior to the championship game.
In 2013 Joe Defayette was the three-point contest winner edging out Jamie Rockhill, Brendan Graney and John Molina.
“This event continues to be a fund raiser for the Fourth of July,” Dedrick said. “As in the past an admission fee will be collected and it is the hope that the community will help support the Fourth of July and also salute the former players and referees, who so generously devote their time.”
The Fourth of July committee will also be selling refreshments during the event