Alumni Basketball Tournament
Saturday, November 24th and Sunday, November 25th, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.
Each November, dozens of former Thomas More basketball players reunite with their old teammates to compete in the Alumni Basketball Tournament. Competition is always high and all teams have a great time. Cost is $20 per player and each team is guaranteed to play at least two games.
25th Annual Alumni Basketball Tournament
November 25-26, 2017
The 25th installment of the Alumni Tournament entertained for the entire weekend. Fourteen teams and over 100 alumni came back to visit St Thomas More and battle their friends in basketball. Special thanks go out to Campbell’s bar for once again hosting the post-game party. After all expenses were paid, all proceeds went directly to the Cavalier Athletic Booster Club.
The Saturday pool play games usually are for gauging every team’s strengths after another year of getting older. It is also where young teams learn what a rich basketball history the school has as well as get to know some players who can still play at a high level. This year two teams were able to make it to the Sunday playoffs for the first time. The Class of 2014 led by Damien Stewart and the newly graduated class of 2017 both put in fine efforts to get themselves to the quarterfinals.
However what those younger teams learned is that there has been a pecking order in this tournament for the past five years. In that time span the same four teams have made the semi- finals every year. Those teams were the class of 2012, 2006, 2002, and 1998. This year that changed slightly as the 4 time champion class of 1998 combined with the 1 time champion of 1995. Both teams were very light on numbers and decided to pool their strengths to form the oldest team in the tournament.
In the Semi-finals the combo classes of 1995/1998 were able to cruise past Tony Mane and his class of 2006. In the other semi, the class of 2012 and Trevor Wattawa gave defending champ 2002 all they could handle, but Kyle Knipple and Anthony Mlachnick were too much as 02 won in overtime 39-37.
In the Championship game 1995/1998 raced out to an early lead and were up 14 points at the half. The class of 2002 fought back in the 2nd half but was not able to catch the older alumni. The combo team 1995/1998 were able to mesh well together and played as though they had been teammates for years. They were able to win the Championship 49-41 giving the guys from 1998 their 5th Championship and the guys from 1995 their 2nd.
Class of 1998 Players – Brian Krysiak, Richie Romero, Don Lichucki, Dave Paszkiewiez, and Dan Hafemann
Class of 1995 Players – Joe Goodman, Joe Shokotz, Dylan Bluhm, Mike Busateri, Jon Wrench and Jason Kawczynski
Congrats to the combination class of 1995/1998 and to all who came out to play. See you all again next year!
Past Alumni Champions
1988 – 9 wins
1998, 2002 – 4 wins
1996, 2006 – 2 wins
1995, 1997, 2005 – 1 win
1995/1998 Combo – 1 win