ELIZABETH—Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, along with the Benedictine Academy Parents Association, will host the sixth annual “Dr. Rosemarie Battaglia Christmas Basketball Tournament” at the school, located at 840 North Broad Street in Elizabeth, from Dec. 26-29. Girls basketball teams from eight New Jersey high schools, including Benedictine Academy, will compete for the championship title at the event. New to the event this year, teams from four area elementary schools will also play in competition.
The tournament is named after Dr. Rosemarie Battaglia, who coached varsity basketball at Benedictine Academy from 1954-58. She was named “Coach of the Decade for the 1970s” by the Star Ledger and amassed a 702-240 career record during her 37-years of coaching.
Monday, Dec. 26, Snyder H.S. (Jersey City) will play Newark Collegiate at 1 p.m.; Union Catholic H.S. (Scotch Plains) takes on North 13th Street Tech (Newark) at 3 p.m.; St. Vincent’s Academy (Newark) plays St. Mary’s (Elizabeth) at 5 p.m.; and Benedictine Academy faces Lacordaire Academy at 7 p.m.
The schedule for Tuesday, Dec. 27 will feature consolation games at 3 and 5 p.m. Semi-finals will be played on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 3 and 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 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 take place in the gymnasium of Benedictine Academy.
Elementary schools participating are St. Genevieve, and, Our Lady of Guadalupe, both of Elizabeth; St. John the Apostle, Clark; and St. Mary and St. Elizabeth, Linden. Games will be played at Benedictine Academy on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Finals for this category will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Benedictine Academy is a member of the NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association). 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.
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