TICONDEROGA - There was some exciting basketball - and a lot of sore muscles - on display in the 11th annual Best Fourth in the North Alumni Basketball Tournament at Ticonderoga High School April 4.
The seniors were once again victorious, but not without a Herculean effort winning both games in two point thrillers.
The championship game featured a rousing contest pitting the seniors (the oldest age group graduating between 1983-1991) against the freshmen (the youngest age group graduating between 2005-2008).
The seniors' experience and determination eventually ruled the day.
The senior roster included a litany of outstanding athletes such as Gary Manning, Mike Graney, Bobby Dedrick, Jamie Rockhill, Fred Merrill, Mike Bresett and Jim Shaw.
The freshmen were athletic, quick and very skilled. Its roster included such greats as Brendan Graney, Andy Kuhl, Gavin Kelly, Joe LaPointe, Tom Denno, Hunter Denno, Paul LaPointe and Colin Weber.
The juniors (those who graduated between 1991-2000) fielded a team whose roster included such notables as Steve Boyce, Joe Defayette, Dan Dorsett, F.P.Tierney, Dan Shaw, Joe Burris and Chris Hens .
The juniors emerged victorious in the consolation game over an extremely skilled lineup of sophomores (those who graduated between 2001-2004) whose enrollment consisted of Matt Kuhl, Adam Porter, Jarod Johnson, Jason Boutelle, Dominick Fontana, Bill Treadway and Jamie Burris.
The three point contest was won by Brendan Graney who made 15 baskets in one minute.
"A tremendous thank you to the Ticonderoga School District and to Cy Labatore, Dennis Trombley, Steve Defayette and Bob Marcotte who officiated the four contests and to Mike Diskin who kept the clock," said Bob Dedrick, Ticonderoga supervisor and chairman of the event. "A special thank you to the Manning family who made a $50 donation in the memory of Mr. Grant Manning, Hope Manning and Buzz Manning. Also, thank you to the Fourth of July Committee for working the event. The tournament netted almost a $1,000."
Proceeds from the tournament support Ticonderoga's Best Fourth in the North celebration.
The annual event serves as an unofficial reunion and a fundraiser for the community's annual Fourth of July celebration.