Gainesville Daily Register

December 17, 2013

Area teams gear up for annual Holiday Classic at NCTC

Staff Report
Gainesville Daily Register

Gainesville — For the 26th straight year, area teams will get to see where they stack up against local competition next week during the annual Holiday Classic at NCTC’s Lions Fieldhouse.

The tournament’s field includes at least one team from every high school in Cooke County and other prominent programs in North Texas.

Play will begin Thursday, Dec. 26 and continue through Saturday, Dec. 28.

Teams participating in the girls tournament include Era, Sacred Heart, Valley View, Lindsay, Muenster, Aubrey, Ponder and Fort Worth Trinity Valley.

On the boys side, the Muenster Hornets will be back to defend their title from a year ago. Joining MHS will be Era, Sacred Heart, Valley View, Callisburg, Gainesville JV, Pilot Point and Fort Worth Trinity Valley.

Competition starts at 9 a.m. each day. The championship games are scheduled for Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. for the girls and 7:30 p.m. for the boys.

But the tournament’s full impact extends beyond the court.

Back in 1990, a tradition of recognizing the outstanding student-athletes in the tournament was started. The Academic All-Star team includes senior boys and girls who have maintained a three-year high school average of 90 or higher. Each scholar-athlete receives a plaque recognizing him or her for their achievement. These awards are sponsored by the Cooke County Bar Association.

For the 18th consecutive year, the Bill King Memorial Sportsmanship Award will also be presented by the King family. Other special awards include the All-Tournament team and MVP awards, presented by First State Bank, and the Winning Coach awards, sponsored by Dustin’s Office Machines.

Once again this year, the tournament is being sponsored by First State Bank.

“Over the years we have been very fortunate to have some outstanding sponsors step up to make the tournament a success,” tournament organizer Darin Allred said. “First State Bank has been one of the sponsors of the tournament for all 26 years and the last several years, they have served as the title sponsor. We certainly appreciate all they do to help us put on this showcase of area talent and sportsmanship.”

Tickets for the three-day tournament will be sold at the door. They are $5 for adults and $3 for students for all-day admission.