New Year, Same Basketball Tradition in Wildwood
It's a basketball event that's almost as traditional as the Jersey Shore itself.
Well, maybe it doesn't have the same kind of history, but sports fans in South Jersey certainly know about the Boardwalk Basketball Classic. Currently in its 16th year, the annual hardwood showcase features some of the best programs across six states.
The six-day event is the largest coed high school basketball tournament in the country, and has raised over $275,000 in scholarship money since 1998. That money goes to helping graduating seniors from the tournament's two host schools, Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic.
We here at the South Jersey Sports Report and 97.3 ESPN-FM would like to thank those behind the tremendous non-profit event, who dedicated their time and effort to make our live broadcast a part of the tradition.
Listen to our live interviews with some of the tournament's committee members:
Brian Cunniff, Scheduling Director for Boardwalk Basketball Classic at the Wildwoods Convention Center
Ernie Troiano, Tournament Director for Boardwalk Basketball Classic at the Wildwoods Convention Center
Here's our interview with Lamar Greer, who joined Mike Gill and Buddy Tarbotton during halftime of the Wildwood Catholic vs. Woodbury game, part of the Boardwalk Basketball Classic:
For the latest news, scores and information on the Boardwalk Basketball Classic, visit the event's website at bbclassic.net
Here’s a preview of some of the other interviews from this week’s edition of the South Jersey Sports Report:
- It's been two tournaments and two victories for one of South Jersey's most surprising new athletes. We spoke with the former-football player-turned-wrestling standout, and found out why the transition from the gridiron to the mat has been so successful
- One local girls basketball squad recently witnessed a tough injury to one of its best players. But the rest of the team isn't calling it quits on the season; find out why there's still a lot of fight left in one of South Jersey's best basketball communities
- Press of Atlantic City sports reporter Mike McGarry has more on some of South Jersey's best basketball, including an incredible slam dunk that's already gone viral on the internet
- Courier-Post sports writer Kevin Minnick has the scouting report on a pair of dynamic brothers in Camden County that are leading their team on the hardwood
- Press of Atlantic City sports reporter John O’Kane has more on that surprising wrestler's early success, and some of the other contenders making noise before the new year
Listen to this week's show:
Kevin Minnick, Courier-Post sports reporter
Chris Henchy, Absegami Braves wrestler
Lauryn Fields, Middle Township Panthers girls basketball
John O'Kane, Press of Atlantic City sports reporter
Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City sports reporter
We’d also like to congratulate the South Jersey Athlete of the Week:
Basketball, Atlantic City
He helped push the two-time defending state champions past Wildwood Catholic on opening night with a monster effort in the paint. White pulled down 15 rebounds and added eight points in a 44-41 victory over the Crusaders.
It’s all right here, on The South Jersey Sports Report. Listen every Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on 97.3 ESPN-FM or 973espn.com, and catch the expanded edition every Thursday night from 6-7 p.m.
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