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East vs. West Battle of I-96 Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament Dec. 21
East vs. West Battle of I-96 Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament Dec. 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Classrooms are closed for winter break, but student athletes will still be breaking a sweat Saturday, Dec. 21 as the East vs. West Battle of I-96 Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament returns to Grand Rapids.

In the inaugural tournament last year, West was best, winning three of its five games.  The rules are the same this year--  the winner of each game will earn one point for its side of the state.  The region with the most points will earn bragging rights until next year.

Half-time entertainment is also planned for many of the games, including half-court shot contests for prizes.  The game day schedule is as follows:

  • 12 p.m. - Muskegon Heights vs. Dewitt
  • 2 p.m. - Benton Harbor vs. Detroit Loyola
  • 4 p.m. – Rockford vs. Detroit Henry Ford
  • 6 p.m. – GRPS Union vs. Lansing Sexton
  • 8 p.m. - GRPS Ottawa Hills vs. Mt. Clemens

The Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament runs from noon until 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at City High Middle School (formerly Creston High School).  Tickets are $10 per person at the door.  Children ages 5 and under are free.  Advanced tickets are available at the Union and Ottawa Hills  athletic offices between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Tickets can also be reserved by emailing athletics@grps.org .  Proceeds from the tournament will go toward waiving pay to play fees for Grand Rapids Public Schools’ K-12 sports programs.

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