Ticonderoga The annual Ticonderoga Alumni Tournament will be the centerpiece for a day of activities supporting the community’s “Best Fourth in the North” celebration.
The basketball tourney, pitting former Sentinel stars, will be played Saturday, April 5, at the Ti high gym at noon.
That night players and fans are invited to “Best Fourth in the North Night” at The Pub. That event will feature guest bartenders 6 to 9 p.m. who will raise money for the town’s July 4th observance.
Guest bartenders will include Toby Herbert, Mickey Fitzgerald, Bob Dedrick and Tom Dedrick.
“We encourage people to participate in as many fund raisers for the Fourth of July celebration as possible,” Debbie Barber, “Best Fourth” committee chairwoman, said. “Without the support of our area businesses and community members the celebration we all enjoy and has become a Ticonderoga tradition would not be possible.
“The celebration costs $25-$30,000 each year with most of that being raised by the committee,” she said. “Donations in support of the committee’s efforts are tax-deductible.”
Admission to the basketball tournament is a $2 donation to the “Best Fourth” committee.
“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.
The 2012 alumni tournament raised $600 for the “Best Fourth in the North.”
This year’s event will begin at noon. All players are asked to arrive at 11 a.m.
A year ago the championship game featured an exhausted senior team losing to a group of sophomores. The senior squad, winning a triple overtime game earlier against the freshmen, could not match the speed and youth of the younger group in the championship game.