ELIZABETH—Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, along with the Benedictine Academy Parents Association, will host the fifth annual “Dr. Rosemarie Battaglia Christmas Basketball Tournament” at the school, located at 840 North Broad Street in Elizabeth, on Dec. 27, 28, 29 and 30. Basketball teams from eight New Jersey high schools, including Benedictine Academy, will compete for the championship title at the event.
The tournament is named after Dr. Rosemarie Battaglia, who coached varsity basketball at Benedictine Academy from 1954-58. Battaglia is to be honored at the Christmas Tournament on December 30 at 7 p.m. Her record while coaching at the all-female Catholic college prep high school was 36-4 and she was named “Coach of the Decade for the 1970s” by the Star Ledger.
Varsity basketball teams representing eight schools including Benedictine Academy will play during the four-day competition. Monday, Dec. 27, will feature the following games: St. Patrick (Elizabeth) v. Snyder (Jersey City)- 1 p.m.; St. Mary’s (Elizabeth) v. St. Vincent’s Academy (Newark) – 3 p.m.; Union Catholic (Scotch Plains) v. Newark 13th Street Tech- 5 p.m. and Benedictine Academy v. Lacordaire Academy – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 28 will feature consolation games at 3 and 5 p.m. Semi-finals will be played on Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 3 and 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30 will feature three consolation games at 1, 3, and 5 p.m. with the championship game to be played at 7 p.m. All games will be played in the gymnasium of Benedictine Academy.
Admission to the BA Christmas Basketball Tournament is $5 for adults and $3 for children and students under 18. Food and refreshments will be available. Proceeds will benefit student activities and programs at the Academy. Members of the community, along with alumnae of Benedictine Academy, are invited to the tournament.
Benedictine Academy coach Mike Jones is pictured with his team in this photo from last year’s tournament. (Photo courtesy of Benedictine Academy)
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