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Ticonderoga alumni tourney slated

‘Best Fourth in the North’ benefit March 31

The annual Ticonderoga Alumni Basketball Tournament will be played Saturday, March 31, at Ti High. It will again benefit the Ticonderoga “Best Fourth in the North” celebration. Last year's event attracted dozens of players and hundreds of fans.

The annual Ticonderoga Alumni Basketball Tournament will be played Saturday, March 31, at Ti High. It will again benefit the Ticonderoga “Best Fourth in the North” celebration. Last year's event attracted dozens of players and hundreds of fans. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

Ticonderoga High School basketball stars of yesteryear will return to the court in an attempt to recapture past glory — and help the the community’s annual July 4th celebration.

The annual Ticonderoga Alumni Basketball Tournament will be played Saturday, March 31, at Ti High. It will again benefit the Ticonderoga “Best Fourth in the North” celebration.

“For over a decade the basketball alumni have gathered at the Ticonderoga High School to help support the ‘Best Fourth in the North’,” said Bob Dedrick, tournament organizer and a former Ti High coach. “This year is no exception.

“Alumni who have graduated in the 1980s to the most recent grads all converge at the gym to renew friendships, relive memories, get a chance to pit their skills against other graduates and help raise funds for the Fourth of July celebration,” he said.

This year’s event will begin at noon. All players are asked to arrive at 11 a.m.

The day will feature four games with the last game for the championship. Teams are determined by the year of graduation.

“This allows graduates to compete with players who were on the roster while in high school,” Dedrick said. “Each game is closely contested, where youth usually competes against experience.”

A three point contest elimination round will start at 11:45 a.m. with the finals held prior to the championship game.

“This event continues to be a fundraiser for the Fourth of July,” Dedrick said. “As in the past an admission fee will be collected and it is the hope that the community will help support the Fourth of July and also salute the former players and referees who so generously devote their time.”

The Fourth of July committee will also be selling refreshments during the event.

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