ELIZABETH— Union Catholic High School of Scotch Plains won the championship title in the Dr. Rose Marie Battaglia Christmas Basketball Tournament, hosted by Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, along with the Benedictine Academy Parents Association, from Dec. 26-29. Basketball teams from eight New Jersey high schools competed during the four-day event.
St. Vincent Academy of Newark placed second in the tournament. Union Catholic defeated St. Vincent’s on Dec. 29 by a score of 57-47 in the exciting final game. In another tough contest, Snyder High School of Jersey City defeated Benedictine Academy, 45-35, which saw Snyder place third in the tournament, and Benedictine Academy fourth.
Newark 13th Street Tech earned fifth place, beating St. Mary’s of Elizabeth (sixth place) 64-19. Newark Collegiate placed seventh, winning over Lacordaire Academy in a close game, 24-16.
Jasmine Serano of Union Catholic was named Tournament MVP.
The Tournament is named for Dr. Rose Marie Battaglia, who coached at Benedictine Academy from 1954-58. Her record during her tenure at the all-female Catholic college prep high school was 36-4. The 1954-55 BA varsity basketball team was undefeated, with a 12-0 record.
Varsity basketball teams from eight New Jersey high schools played during the four-day Dr. Rose Marie Battaglia Christmas Basketball Tournament at Benedictine Academy (BA) in Elizabeth from Dec. 26-29. Benedictine Academy’s #32, Tabitha Davis, (pictured making foul shot), racked up 27 points in a final game played against Snyder H.S. of Jersey City on December 29. Snyder topped Benedictine Academy, 45-35. Union Catholic of Scotch Plains won the championship for the third straight year, beating St. Vincent Academy of Newark 57-47.
Benedictine Academy Basketball Team Assistant Coach Clarence Thompson offers his players some insights during their game with Snyder H.S. of Jersey City on December 29. Snyder won that game, 45-35, taking third place in the annual basketball tournament. Benedictine Academy placed fourth in this year’s Tournament.
Union Catholic H.S.’s Varsity Basketball Team (pictured), under the direction of Coach Cathy Mattews, emerged as the winner of this year’s Benedictine Academy Christmas Basketball Tournament. Union Catholic was one of eight local teams who participated in Tournament at the school’s Elizabeth campus Dec. 26-29.
(All photos courtesy of Benedictine Academy)
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