NC-sponsored Tribune Tournament celebrates 60 years

The road to the 60th Annual Welland Tribune Boys Basketball Tournament will take a new turn.

As the Niagara College-sponsored tournament celebrates a major milestone all games on the championship side of the bracket will move to NC’s Welland Campus athletic centre. Ontario’s oldest high school tournament runs January 7-10 2015.

“We’re pleased to support such an important local sporting tradition as lead sponsor and we’re very excited to welcome student athletes and their families to our Welland Campus Athletic Centre for the full championship bracket of the tournament” said Matthew Davies Niagara College’s director of athletics and recreation. “This tournament is a chance for high school athletes to learn more about the postsecondary academic and athletic opportunities available at Niagara College and play in one of the top collegiate athletic facilities in Ontario.”

Participating teams will include Centennial Eastdale Thorold E. L. Crossley A. N. Myer Notre Dame Lakeshore Catholic Fort Erie Ridgeway-Crystal Beach Port Colborne High Jean Vanier Holy Cross Westlane Governor Simcoe Denis Morris and Sir Winston Churchill.

“The Tribune Tournament Committee appreciates the sponsorship provided by Niagara College and looks forward to the 60th tournament being hosted at the College” said tournament co-chair Bob Muir. “We look forward to a great celebration of 60 years of boys basketball.”

“There is certainly no shortage of great basketball teams in the Niagara region all vying for bragging rights of Ontario’s Oldest High School Tournament” added tournament co-chair Don Larman. “Strong community support fantastic venues and the best basketball players on center stage — what more could basketball enthusiasts ask for?”

The tournament tips off on Wednesday January 7 and runs until January 10 with games at the following venues:

Eastdale:

Jan. 7: 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 8: 1 p.m.

Jean Vanier:

Jan. 7: 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 8: 12:45 p.m. 2:15 p.m.

Notre Dame:

Jan. 7: 3:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m.

Centennial:

Jan. 7: 1:30 p.m. 3 p.m.
Jan. 8: 3:30 p.m.

Niagara College Welland Campus Athletic Centre:

Jan. 8: 3:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m.
Jan. 9: 3:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m.
Jan. 10: 6 p.m. (consolation championship) 8 p.m. (tournament championship)

The tournament committee has also launched a new web site that will provide important information online including schedules and scores game MVPs tournament history and more. The site can be viewed at www.wellandtribunebasketballtournament.com.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences advanced technology media applied health and community safety supported by unique learning enterprises in food wine beer horticulture and esthetics.  For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

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Media inquiries please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7368
Cell: 905.328.2532
jgreco@niagaracollege.ca

Don Larman
Welland Tribune Tournament Co-chair
tribtourney@cogeco.ca