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St. Pius X to Host 13th Annual Christmas Tournament
November 19th, 2012
St. Pius X Catholic High School will host the 13th annual St. Pius X Christmas Classic, presented by Coca-Cola, Dixie Seal & Stamp, and Employbridge, December 27-29. The tournament features 16 boys’ and girls’ basketball teams from ten different states and the District of Columbia, and is widely known throughout the nation as one of the premier Catholic high school basketball tournaments.
Since the inception of the event, schools from as far north as Maine and as far west as California have participated. Winners of the event are presented with the Monsignor Richard Lopez Throphy; so named after Msgr. Lopez, a teacher at St. Pius X since 1980.
Teams that are competing in the boys’ bracket are St. Pius X, Archbishop Spalding (MD), Belen Jesuit (FL), Bishop Ireton (VA), Brother Martin (LA), Cardinal Gibbons (NC), John Paul II (TN) and St. Joseph’s (SC). St. Pius X, Assumption (KY), Archbishop Carroll (DC), Dutchtown (GA), Elizabeth Seton (MD), Mt. Paran Christian (GA), Notre Dame (NY) and St. Joseph Hill (NY) rounds out the girls’ field.
This year the games will tip-off Thursday, December 27 with eight games beginning at 1:30 p.m. and will conclude with the final game of the night at 8 p.m. featuring the Golden Lions boys’ team taking on St. Joseph’s. The girls’ squad will host Mt. Paran Christian earlier in the evening at 6 p.m. Games on Friday, December 28 begin with Consolation bracket play at 12:30 p.m., and Championship bracket play at 1p.m.
The finals of the girls’ bracket will be Saturday, December 29 at 5 p.m. and the boys’ game at 7 p.m. The third place games for each division will start at 3 p.m., with the fifth place and seventh places games at 1 p.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, for both brackets.
In addition to the tournament games, a Mass and banquet will be held the night of Wednesday, December 26 for all participating teams and families and St. Pius X also sponsors a dance for the participating schools on Friday evening after the set of games.
Tournament passes may be purchased for $18, and single-day tickets are available at the game site for $7. Catholic Metro League of Atlanta basketball players are admitted free if they wear their jerseys.
Sponsorship packages are available, starting at $100. See the list of current sponsors and view the sponsorship levels here.
Complete tournament coverage is available at www.spx.org/SPXChristmasClassic.