Broome County Announces 2012 Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic Tournament Details


(Binghamton, NY) – Deputy Broome County Executive Bijoy Datta, Binghamton City School Officials, Event Sponsors, Tournament Organizers and local High School Teams today attended the Annual Charlie Howland Memorial Luncheon at Binghamton High School. A News Conference was held before the luncheon to announce details of the 21th Annual Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic, which will take place December 28th-30th at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
“The Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic is a much anticipated holiday tradition that delivers an important message through an impressive high school basketball competition,” said Deputy Broome County Executive Bijoy Datta. “We are very excited to mark the 21st Anniversary of the Event and the first with Mirabito as the title sponsor. Brooms County thanks the Mirabito Energy Products, Tournament Organizers and Sponsors of the Holiday Classic, who continue to make this showcase event possible.”
“Each year, the Tournament mixes top flight competition with numerous seminars to highlight the serious consequences of driving while impaired, and we have a tremendous field for 2012 in terms of competition and speakers,” said Chris Marion, Tournament Director and Broome County STOP-DWI Coordinator. “I can’t say enough about the support we have received from the Mirabito family, by not only making the Tournament possible but also making a good product even better.”
“First and foremost, spreading the STOP-DWI message is so important in our community and this is a great opportunity to do that,” said Joe Mirabito, CEO of Mirabito. “We are honored to be partnered with Broome County on this premier event and look forward to seeing competitive basketball at the Arena, this year and in the years to come.”
The National Division is currently comprised of six teams and tournament officials hope to have eight by the start of the Tournament. Two teams from Ontario, Canada were forced to withdraw from the Tournament due to an ongoing labor dispute in the province that prohibited extracurricular activities for union educators.
The Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic is recognized as one of the premier holiday high school basketball tournaments in the Country. The Holiday Classic will again feature a national division and two four team regional divisions. For 2012, the Tournament will feature reduced prices for tournament passes as well as a new student pass at a deeply discounted rate. Tournament passes (20 games) cost $42 for adults and $18 for students (6-18 yrs old). Session tickets (3 or 4 games) cost $10.00 for adults and $5 for students and children 5 and under are free. All games will be held at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
Educational speakers for the 2012 tournament include Marianne Angellilo, whose presentation focuses on the tragic loss of her son Matthew in 2004; Life of an Athlete presented by Olympic athlete John Underwood; motivational speaker William Harris; Binghamton University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Tommy Dempsey as the Keynote Speaker; and breakfast workshop seminars featuring District Attorney Gerald Mollen and Broome County Court Judge Joe Cawley.
Those attending the Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic are reminded to visit the silent auction being held on the Arena concourse on December 28th & 29th. Items including merchandise, sports equipment and gift certificates will be up for auction to support the Crime Victims Assistance Center.
The Tournament kicks off at the 3-Point and Slam Dunk Contest at Binghamton High School at 3:30pm on Tuesday, December 27th. This will be the first chance for area fans to see the players display their skills.
Players and teams to note include:
St. Raymond High School: Perennial New York City power from the Bronx and two time STOP-DWI Holiday Classic tournament champion (’98, ’04) and reining Catholic High School Athletic Association Champion. The team has seven city championships and two state titles. Coached by first year varsity coach Jorge Lopez, who moves up from the assistant coach position and head coach of the freshmen basketball program.
Bishop Loughlin Memorial: Former STOP-DWI Holiday Classic champion (’96) led by 1st Team All City sophomore Khadeen Carrington who has scored 886 in just two years on the varsity level, and sixth man, sophomore Michael Williams.
Brooklyn Collegiate: The Lions have made the playoffs each season since he took over. The team finished last season with a 25-6 record and were 2011-12 NYC "A" Division champs. They accomplished this with 7 freshman and 3 sophomores. The Lions currently complete in the toughest division in the city Brooklyn AA. Players to watch include 6'3" PG Jahlil Tripp, 6'4" Wing Davere Creighton, 5'10" Combo Adrian Williams 6'4" F Willie Barnes who are all developing talent that will have a significant impact during the tournament.
Philadelphia Electrical and Technology Charter: Philadelphia power featuring 2nd Team All Public & Honorable All-City Hakeem Baxter who leads team in scoring with 17.8 pts, 4.4 reb & 4.2 assist 2.4 steals; 3rd Team All Public & Honorable Mention All-City, Jai Williams with 11.2 pts & 9.1 reb and has committeed to St. Joes University; and Steve Griffin 17.2 pts, 4.2 reb & 4.1 assist per game.
I.C. Norcom: The 2010 & 2011 Virginia AAA State Champions leading them to the 2012 Virginia District Tournament Champions. The Boys Varsity Greyhounds also won the Martin Luther King Jr. Hoops Festival in Washington, D. C. in January 2012. All key players from the 2010 & 2011 Back-to-Back Championship have committed to their various college choices. This year, two players received honors; Malique Trent was 1st Team All Eastern District and James Whitaker was 2nd Team All Eastern District
Paul Laurence Dunbar: Lead by 6’2” senior Will Gary who is an explosive combo guard with deep range and plays strong around the basket. Will has interest from Mid Major Div 1 schools as well as many D-2’s; 5’10” senior Mike Smith who is a strong point guard who can finish around the basket and is shooting nearly 50% from 3pt. Mike has had interest from Bowling Green, Stetson, Campbellsville and Maryville; and finally 6’5” senior EJ Floreal who is a powerful jumper and has develop a some game from mid range. He is being recruited by several Mid Major D-1 schools on the West Coast as well as Northern Kentucky University and others.
Binghamton High School: Lead by senior point guard KJ Rose, will continue to build on last year’s 1-loss team and compete for a Regional title.
Maine-Endwell: Featuring Kyle Gallagher (6-5, jr.); Alex Wisniewski (6-2, jr.); Chris Heines (6-7, sr.); Steve Eggleston (6-0, sr.) and multiple members of the back-to-back state champion football program look to face off against Binghamton in the Regional Division I final.
The Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic is a project of the Broome County STOP-DWI Program that promotes an anti-substance abuse and drunk driving message to student athletes. For more information contact Chris Marion, Broome County STOP-DWI Program, P.O. Box 1766, Binghamton, New York 13902. Phone: 607-778-2056 or Fax: 607-778-2908.
12/11/2012 - 12:03pm