Ticonderoga The old guys have bragging rights for the next year.
The “senior team” won the annual Ticonderoga Alumni Basketball Tournament March 31 at Ti High School.
Composed of players who graduated 1983 to 1994, the seniors topped the 1996 to 2004 grads in the title contest.
The annual tournament is a benefit for the community’s annual Best Fourth in the North celebration.
The championship group included such past stars as Gary Manning, Mike Graney, Bob Dedrick, Mike Bresett, Jamie Rockhill, Fred Merrill, F.P. Tierney and Matt Cossey.
The runner-up squad roster included such greats as Dan Shaw, Rosario Gallo, Joe Burris, Joe Defayette, Bill Treadway, Brian Little, Adam Porter and Jamie Burris.
The players from 2004 to 2008 won the consolation game. It featured Paul LaPointe, Colin Webber, Steve Burris, Hunter Denno, Jason Boutelle, Andy Kuhl, Brendan Graney and Devon Slattery
The youngest player, those who graduated 2009 to 2011, finished fourth. That team included John Molina, Jake Kelly, Evan Glading, Robert Kearns, Robert teRiele, Tanner Perkey, Dan Morrison and Tyler Tucker.
“All in all, 32 graduates thrilled the crowd for several hours in an attempt to regain those fleeting years of glory,” said Bob Dedrick, tournament chairman. “Yet the winner was clearly the Best Fourth in the North committee who profited nearly $700.”
John Molina was the three-point contest winner edging out Adam Porter, Matt Cossey and Bob Dedrick.
“A tremendous thank you to Steve Defayette, Tim Hanson and Cy Labatore who officiated the games, the Ticonderoga Central School for hosting the tournament and to Mike Diskin who ran the scoreboard,” Dedrick said. “A special thank you to the Manning family who donated $100 in memory of their deceased family members.”