The 59th Annual Welland Tribune Boy’s Basketball Tournament, sponsored by Niagara College, is scheduled to tip off on January 8, as local high school teams vie for supremacy in Ontario’s oldest high school tournament.
This year’s tournament has drawn 16 high school teams from across the Niagara Peninsula. The four-day event will feature games at five different venues in Welland.
Niagara College has been the tournament’s major sponsor since 2011. As part of a five-year sponsorship agreement, the College also hosts championship-bracket games at its 1,000-seat Athletic Centre at the Welland Campus.
“We’re pleased to support Ontario’s oldest high-school basketball tournament and a great local sporting tradition,” said Sean Kennedy, Niagara College’s vice president of student and external relations. “For us, it’s a great opportunity to give local high-school athletes a taste of the rich traditions of our Niagara College Knights varsity athletics program, and showcase our national-quality athletic facilities.”
Opening-round games will be played on Wednesday, January 8 at Notre Dame, Eastdale and Centennial high schools. Second round games in the championship Bracket take place Thursday at Niagara College’s Welland Campus Athletic Centre. Second-round consolation bracket games take place Thursday at Eastdale, Centennial and Jean Vanier. The semi final and championship games for both brackets take place at Notre Dame on Friday and Saturday, with the championship games scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (consolation) and 7:30 p.m. (championship).
“Our tournament committee is very pleased with the continued community support for our tournament,” said Don Larman, co-chair of the Welland Tribune Boys’ Basketball Tournament. “We are certain that the games hosted by Niagara College on Thursday January 9th in their first class athletic facility will once again be well received by the teams in the tournament.”
Above, left to right: Mike Hurley, NC Athletics; Chris Louis of the NC Knights men’s basketball team; and Tribune Tournament co-chair Don Larman. Hurley and Louis both played in the Tribune Tournament in their high school days — Hurley for E.L. Crossley (’91-’94) and Louis for A.N. Myer (2010-2012).