James Madison High School Wins Christmas Basketball Tournament

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ELIZABETH– James Madison High School of Madison won the 2012 Dr. Rose Marie Battaglia Christmas Basketball Tournament, hosted by Benedictine Academy and the Benedictine Academy Parents Association from Dec. 27-30. The host school placed second overall. Eight high school varsity basketball teams competed during the four-day event. Four high school junior varsity teams also competed in their own tournament.

Madison defeated Benedictine Academy in the varsity championship game on Dec. 30 by a score of 51-22 in an exciting final game. Madison’s Junior Varsity team also placed first in that portion of the Christmas Tournament, defeating Elizabeth High School 34-29 during the junior varsity championship game on Dec. 30.

Snyder High School of Jersey City beat Newark Collegiate 62-35 in the finals on Dec. 30, which saw those two schools place third and fourth, respectively. St. Vincent Academy of Newark defeated Roselle Park High School by a score of 64-18, earning fifth and sixth place. North 13th Street Tech placed seventh, topping St. Mary’s of Elizabeth, 37-11.

Tori Ellis of Madison High School was named Varsity 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.

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Madison High School Varsity team members: Back row- l-r: Paige Jacqmin, Sam White, Kyra Mobley, Mackaella Goodwin, Sam de Poortere, Gaby Fuchs, Kristina Qualben, Gabby Conmy.  Front row, kneeling, l-r: Bridget McAndrew and Tori Ellis.

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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. 27-30. Benedictine Academy’s #32, Tabitha Davis (pictured), looks to pass in a final game played against Madison H.S. on December 30. Madison topped Benedictine Academy, 51-22. Madison H.S., a first-time entry in the event, won the championship.

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Madison H.S. Varsity Coach Gene Milleno offers his players some insights during their game against Benedictine Academy on December 30. Madison won that game, 51-22, taking first place in the annual basketball tournament. Benedictine Academy placed second in this year’s Tournament.

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The Benedictine Academy Christmas Basketball Tournament is named after Dr. Rose Marie Battaglia, pictured, middle row, far left, with Benedictine Academy ‘s Varsity team, which placed second overall in the Tournament. Also pictured is the team’s head coach, Mike Jones. Team members: Back row (l-r): Coach Mike Jones, Marielis Vazquez, Marina Batista, and Shawn Powell. Middle row (l-r): Dr. Battaglia, Samantha Frejuste, Ranisha Frejuste, Alexandria Lee, Samantha Herrejon, Alyssa Vega, Karen Thompson, Toni Davis-Wilson. Front row, kneeling (l-r): Shervonne Gittens, Tabitha Davis, Jamila Cuentes, Justice Stewart. Battaglia, who coached varsity basketball at Benedictine Academy from 1954-58, was honored on the final night (Dec. 30) of the 2012 tournament. Battaglia’s record while coaching at the Academy was 36-4. The 1954-55 BA varsity basketball team was undefeated, with a 12-0 record.

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Benedictine Academy’s #32, senior Tabitha Davis, attempts to score some points during the final game against Madison H.S. on December 30.

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Jamila Cuentes, #12, of Benedictine Academy, guards Madison H.S.’s Tori Ellis as they compete in the Christmas Basketball Tournament on December 30. Ellis was named Tournament Varsity MVP.

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Madison H.S.’s Junior Varsity team placed first in the JV portion of the Dr. Rose Battaglia Christmas Tournament held at Benedictine Academy Dec. 27-30. Madison beat the Elizabeth H.S. JV squad, 34-29 on December 30. Dr. Battaglia (left), presents an award to Madison team member Michaela Goodwin as Madison JV Coach Jacqui Calabrese looks on. The JV MVP Award was given to Sam DePoortere.

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Elizabeth H.S.’s Junior Varsity team (pictured) placed second in the JV portion of the Dr. Rose Battaglia Christmas Tournament held in December. The team, led by Coach Andrew Dunbar (third from left, back row) fell to Madison H.S. in a hard-fought game, 34-29. The tournament was held at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth. Dr. Rose Battaglia is on far right. (Photos courtesy of Benedictine Academy)


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