Recap of Past Years
St. Frances Academy of Baltimore, MD convincingly won the championship game at the 30th Annual Gonzaga DC Classic, held at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC, December 7-9 2018. St. Frances defeated Abington Senior High School (Abington, PA) 77-54. Abington was led by Adrian Baldwin who scored 19, Carlos Alexander who had 18 and Jordan Toles who scored 10. Following a 14-2 run, St. Frances 38-26 and never looked back.
Three players from St. Frances Academy were named to the “All Tournament” Team. They included Baldwin, Jamal West and Jordan Toles. Also named to the All-Tournament team were Preston Bacon (The Potomac School – McLean, VA), Isaiah Oshinnaiye (St. Vincent Pallotti – Laurel, MD), Jahari Long (Episcopal High School - Houston Texas), D.J. Steward (Whitney Young – Chicago, IL), Terrance Williams (Gonzaga) and Lucas Monroe and Eric Dixon (Abington).
Dixon was named tournament MVP, scoring 32 points for Abington in the championship game.
The weekend featured a number of closely contested contests beginning on Friday with Episcopal defeating Potomac by 10, Abington Senior High knocking out host Gonzaga 58-51 on its way to the championship game, Whitney Young winning on a last-minute shot over St. Vincent Pallotti, 65-63 and St. Frances winning over Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro. MD) 64-54.
The 29th Gonzaga DC Classic featured an outstanding field of teams from around the nation, including St. Vincent Palloti (MD), Charlotte Christian (ND), St. Maria Goretti (MD), Riverdale Baptist (MD), Roman Catholic (PA), Woodrow Wilson (DC), Cardinal Hayes (NY) and host Gonzaga. Results from the opening day saw Charlotte Christian, Roman Catholic and Cardinal Hayes move on to the semi-finals. On Saturday, Gonzaga’s balance offense led them to a 59-43 victory over Charlotte Christian. Gonzaga’s Myles Dread, Allin Blunt and Chuck Harris all scored 10 or more points for the Eagles. In the other semi-final, Roman Catholic defeated Cardinal Hayes 78-60. Roman took the lead in the second quarter and never gave it up. Roman was led by Hakim Hart and Seth Lundy with each scoring 19 points in the victory. Sunday’s Championship game saw Gonzaga emerge as champions, defeating Roman Catholic 71-53. Gonzaga scored 27 points in the first quarter and never looked back. The Eagles were led by Myles Dread’s 20 points (Dread went 4-7 from behind the arc), Terrance Williams had 18 and Chuck Harris scored 17.
The host Gonzaga Eagles dominated the 2016 edition of the Gonzaga DC Classic. The team, which would go on to win the WCAC Championship, was led by tournament MVP Chris Lykes (University of Miami) who scored 30 points against south Florida powerhouse Dillard in the championship game. Gonzaga’s Prentiss Hubb scored 17 in the win. Dillard was led by University of Kentucky football commit Jordan Wright, who scored 18 in the final. Earlier in the tournament, Gonzaga defeated perennial New York City power Archbishop Molloy in the semi-finals while Dillard prevailed over Chicago’s Whitney Young. The 28th Gonzaga DC Classic was the first to be held entirely on the grounds of Gonzaga, just blocks from the U.S. capitol.
The 27th annual edition of the Gonzaga DC Classic included the 2014 champions – Roman Catholic from Philadelphia – and a highly competitive field from around the nation. Joining host Gonzaga and Roman Catholic were Bishop Loughlin (NY), St. Raymond (NY), St. Andrew’s Episcopal (MD), Calvin Coolidge (DC), Our Lady of Good Counsel (MD) and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (MD). From the beginning of the tournament, it appeared that Gonzaga and Roman Catholic were on a collision course to meet in the championship game. St. Raymond, who had been expected to contend for the title, lost a close opening match to Good Counsel on Friday, frustrated by Good Counsel’s stubborn 2-3 zone. In the semi-finals, Gonzaga cruised to victory over Bishop Loughlin while Roman Catholic stopped Good Counsel. The championship game was a back-and-forth affair with Gonzaga’s junior point guard Chris Lykes (Miami) pushing the Eagles down the court. But Roman Catholic, led by tournament MVP Lamar Stevens (Penn State) proved too much for Gonzaga and prevailed 77-72 to capture back-to-back Gonzaga DC Classic championships.
The 26th Annual Gonzaga DC Classic featured a highly competitive field of teams hailing from Washington, DC to New York City. Out-of-town teams included Cardinal Hayes (NY), Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (MD), Calvert Hall and Roman Catholic (PA). Local teams included Capital Christian, Theodore Roosevelt, Riverdale Baptist and Gonzaga. The tournament champions, Roman Catholic, dominated all three of their games, winning by 13 on Friday, 22 in the semi-final round and defeating New York’s Cardinal Hayes by 13 in the championship game on Sunday. Tournament MVP Tony Carr scored 10 of his 15 points in the first quarter in leading Roman to victory. In other notable games, Calvert Hall snuck by Gonzaga in the third-place game by a one-point margin. The 2014 All Tournament Team included several players now playing for Division I programs including Bryant Crawford (Gonzaga - Wake Forest), Gemil Holbrook (Roman Catholic - Rider) and Drew Edwards (Calvert Hall - Providence College).
The 25th DC Classic provided a roller-coaster ride for all the teams and their fans. There were upsets and overtime games that kept the fans and players alike on the edge of their seats. On Day One, Cesar Chavez (DC) trailed most of the game but came back to upset John Carroll (MD) 47-40. Game two found host Gonzaga, without two key players due to injuries, falling to Lafayette (KY) 77-71. In the two later games, order was restored as Molloy (NY) defeated Coolidge (DC) 69-48 and Mt. St. Joseph (MD) held off a game Herndon (VA) team 78-71. Day One was highlighted at halftime of
the Gonzaga game with a special presentation to retiring Chairman John McLaughlin honoring his many years of service as chairman of the Gonzaga DC Classic Committee.
On Day Two, the first two games were similar. Gonzaga was not able to get out of an early hole again and lost to John Carroll 65-57, and Herndon could not make up a large first quarter deficit and fell to Coolidge 65-51. The two semi-final games provided lots of tense moments. Cesar Chavez pulled out a double overtime thriller to defeat Lafayette 96-91. Chavez was led by Tony Blackwell’s 27 points, including 6 three pointers, offsetting an impressive performance by the Generals’ Jackson Davis’s 34 points. In a very well-played, balanced, and close game, defending champion Mt. St. Joseph defeated Molloy 63-60. Mt. St. Joseph, led almost the entire game behind senior guard Phil Booth while Malloy was led by senior guard Gabriel Kilpatrick’s 22 points.
The final day began with an overtime victory by Herndon over John Carroll. Herndon was led by All-Tournament selection Dorian Johnson’s 30 points. All-Tournament selection Doug Farley, 19 points, led the Coolidge defeat of Gonzaga. Then Malloy easily defeated Lafayette in the third place game. Both Lafayette’s Jackson Davis (24 points and 15 rebounds) and Molloy’s Jayson Cethoute (24 points) were selected to the All-Tournament team. In the final, Mt. St. Joseph claimed another DC Classic title by wearing down the Cesar Chavez squad 71-58. Chavez’s All-Tournament selections, Tony Blackwell and Tristan Thompson, could not contain their counterparts from Mt. St. Joseph, MVP selection Jordan McNeil (22 points) and fellow All-Tournament selections Daveyon Barnes (18 points, 16 rebounds) and Phil Booth (14 points).
The 24th Annual DC Classic had a familiar feel to it with each school previously in the Classic. The first round
was favorable to the local teams. Sidwell Friends defeated Germantown Academy 63-57. Number one ranked Gonzaga
defeated Archbishop Molloy, coached by New York coaching legend Jack Curran, 78-66. Bullis defeated Roman Catholic,
coached by Chris McNesby who participated in the Classic as a player, assistant coach and now head coach, 61-49. Mount
St. Joseph ended the local team run by beating Archbishop Carroll 59-54.
In the first semi-final, Josh Hart (37 points) led a red hot Sidwell team in an upset over Gonzaga ending the host team’s 19 gJaoeme winning streak. In the nightcap, St Joseph
broke open a close game over Bullis setting up another DC/Baltimore final. Day Three of the Classic moved for the first time to the GW Smith Center. In the seventh place game, it took overtime for Germantown Academy to hold off Carroll 51-49. In the fifth place game Molloy held on to beat Roman Catholic 54-52. Gonzaga rebounded with a resounding defeat of Bullis 79-42 to take third place. In a back and forth close game, St Joseph outlasted Sidwell despite a game high 37 points by Josh Hart. For only the second time in Classic history, a member of the runner-up team was named MVP. Hart broke the Tournament scoring record of almost twenty years held by Maryland great Juan Dixon with 98 points. Joining Hart on the All-Tournament team were McGloin (Sidwell), Antwan Haskins (Carroll), Anthony Thompson (Bullis), Chaz Watler (Molloy), Shep Garner (Roman Catholic), Kris Jenkins and Charles Glover (Gonzaga), Kameron Williams and Phil Booth (Mount St. Joseph).
The 23rd Annual DC Classic combined old and new. Gonzaga and tournament regulars Bishop McNamara and Sidwell Friends welcomed five newcomers to the Classic. In the opening round, the first game featured a battle of two newcomers with Sagemont (FL) edging John Carroll (Balt). In the second game, host Gonzaga beat a game Central Catholic (Pitt) squad led by All Tournament selection Lincoln Davis. In the third game, Sidwell Friends beat first time participant St. Rita (Chicago). In the nightcap, Newmann Gorretti (Philly) got their first trip to DC started on the right foot by defeating McNamara. In the semifinals, Gonzaga defeated Sagemont 62-47 and Neumann Gorretti beat Sidwell Friends to set up a battle of nationally ranked teams. Neumann Gorretti, led by 15 points from All Tournament Ja’Quan Newton, fell to six in a row champion Gonzaga 56-52. Coach Turner’s squad had a balanced attack led by Villanova recruit junior Kris Jenkins (20 points) and UNC recruit junior Nate Britt (12 points). MVP Britt was joined on the All Tournament Team by the Eagle’s Travon Blackman and Kris Jenkins, Neumann Gorretti’s Derrick Stewart and John Davis, Sidwell Friends’ Josh Hart, Sagemont’s Egor Koulechov and John Carroll’s Rodney Elliott.
Hosts Gonzaga extended its incredible DC Classic championship winning streak to five by defeating another talented newcomer to its annual holiday tournament. In a game in which the home team maintained a small lead throughout, the Eagles, led
by Senior Cahli Thomas and sophomores Nate Britt and Kris Jenkins, defeated a solid Charlotte Christian (N.C.) Squad, led by Navy Recruit Worth Smith and Anthony Gill (South Carolina). The Eagles won the game at the foul line, making nearly
90% of their free throws (15-17) while the Knights, from Charlotte, N.C. could manage only 52% (11-21). The consolation game featured New York area rivals Holy Cross against St. Raymond of the Bronx, a three time participant, with the Ravens
of St. Raymond edging the Knights 69-64. Local teams Good Counsel and Chantilly, both making their second appearance in the tournament rounded out the tournament field with four timer Mt. St. Joseph and St. John Shrewsbury (MA), a second time
participant. Once again the tournament’s reputation as a showcase for underclass talent held true as the tournament hosted a number of college coaches and scouts assessing the wide range of talent among the tournament’s young
The 2009 DC Classic saw a continuation of home team dominance by the host Eagles who defeated a talented Mater Dei (CA) team in a thrilling final at American University. Dallas Jesuit (TX) returned to the tournament for the third time but
could not keep up with the host Eagles in a first day match up. The Mater Dei Monarchs, led by USC bound Gary Franklin and UCLA bound Tyler Lamb squeaked by a tough Chantilly (VA) team making its first appearance in the tournament, then
fought off a determined McNamara (MD) Squad to reach the final against the Eagles. Gonzaga eased past Calvert Hall (MD) in the semi-finals to set up the hoped for matchup between the Monarchs and the host Eagles. The crowd expected a tough,
hard fought game and it was not disappointed. Mater Dei took over in the third quarter leading by more than ten points. The Eagles, led by senior guards Cedric Lindsay and Tyler Thornton chipped away at the lead and managed to pull out the
win with a great team effort featuring timely support from freshmen, Nate Britt and Kris Jenkins. Sidwell Friends (DC) and Iona Prep (NY) also made their first trips to the tournament marking the first time in 15 years 4 new teams were
introduced to the special hospitality of the DC Classic tournament committee. The tournament’s reputation as a showcase for local and national talent continued to grow as a number of area and national coaches were on hand to see the talented
seniors and underclassmen in the 21st DC Classic.
The 20th DC Classic was not only a milestone for the tournament and its volunteer committee members, it was also the first ever three-peat – for tournament host Gonzaga. This time, coming off one of the best seasons in school history and
returning three key players, including Duke and Princeton bound players, Tyler Thornton and Ian Hummer, respectively, the Eagles came into the tournament as the clear favorite and they did not disappoint. Gonzaga rolled into the finals with a
blow out victory against an overmatched Bullis squad then carried that momentum to a strong 20 point final victory over arch rival St. John’s (DC), appearing in the tournament for the third time. The Eagles were led by book end Junior guards
Cedrick Lindsay, the tournament MVP, and Thornton, and Senior Center, Hummer. The tournament welcomed St. John’s (Shrewsbury) the first team in the tournament’s history from Massachusetts. Coolidge High School (DC) appeared in the tournament
for the 7th time including an appearance in the maiden tournament in 1989. Consistent with the celebration by the DC Classic of a long and successful tournament history, the tournament committee had the honor of welcoming back legendary Coach
Jack Curran and his Stanners from Archbishop Molloy (N.Y.) for the 6th time. The Stanners featured an outstanding individual performance by Senior Russ Smith. The tournament also featured the first appearance by Benedictine, from Richmond,
The Gonzaga Eagles entered the 19th DC Classic as a clear favorite off the Eagles stellar 2006 season and the return of all key starters including 2006 DC Classic MVP Cameron Johnson. The Eagles reached the finals with victories over
tournament newcomer All Hallows (NY) and regional foe St. John’s Prospect Hall, appearing in its second tournament. On the other side of the bracket, Bishop Loughlin of New York, a tournament veteran, made it look easy with a blow out
win against overmatched Townson Catholic and a convincing win over Philadelphia power and torney veteran, Roman Catholic.
History repeated itself in 2006 to the delight of fans of the host Gonzaga Eagles. In 1993 Coach Dick Myers won his first DC Classic title after having been upset in the first round the previous year. The 2005 Eagles also lost on the first
day. However, as in 1993, the Eagles bounced back with a superb performance in 2006 thoroughly outclassing pre-tournament favorite St. Frances of Baltimore, making its 3rd Tournament appearance. The Eagles led throughout, surging to a 50-27
halftime lead before prevailing comfortably 82-56. Sean Mosely led the Panthers of St. Frances while the Eagles were led by tournament MVP, Cameron Johnson. The tournament featured two new West Coast teams, Fremont from Oakland and Horizon
from San Diego, and an old East Coast favorite, Archbishop Molloy.
The 17th annual tournament turned into an all Baltimore final when nationally ranked Mount St. Joseph and St. Frances reached the final marking the first time two Baltimore teams played in the Championship Game. While the two teams were
closely matched, the senior depth of Mount St. Joseph, led by tournament MVP Dejuan Goodwin and George Mason bound Louis Birdsong proved too much for the Panthers of St. Frances who were led by sophomore Sean Mosely and Senior Deshawn
Bradshaw. Roman Catholic (PA) nearly spoiled the all Maryland final but succumbed in one semifinal to the eventual champion 56-54 despite the efforts of all tournament team members Bradley Wanamaker and Mike Ringgold of the Cahillites from
Philadelphia. Newcomer St. Stephens/St. Agnes made it into the semifinal by upsetting host Gonzaga in first night action at Gonzaga but could not overcome the talented Panthers of St. Frances at the larger Bender Arena (AU) venue for second
day action. The Cadets of St. Johns (DC) and DCIAA member Eleanor Roosevelt High (DC) along with tournament veteran, Bishop Loughlin (NY), rounded out the field. The tournament raised over $55,000 for Gonzaga’s local, regional, national and
international Charitable Service Projects.
The 16th Annual Tournament featured a renewal of the historic rivalry between DeMatha and Gonzaga who met in the tournament final for the third time. It was an old rivalry with a significant twist, however. The Stags were appearing for the
first time without the retired legend, Morgan Wooton while the Eagles were in their first season under new coach Steve Turner, after the retirement of long time coach and teacher, Dick Myers. The tournament field also included Westbury
Christian and Germantown Academy, both making their fourth appearance in the tournament, along with St. Albans, a five-time participant. Jesuit High from Carmichael, CA made its first visit to the tournament and also became the first team in
the DC Classic from the West Coast. The Eagles appeared to be severe underdogs in the final after DeMatha’s convincing wins over Westbury Christian and Mt. St. Joseph. However, the Eagles, behind the sharpshooting of seniors Paul Johnson and
Brian Slaninka never trailed, until the last minute. Key plays by Nigel Munson and Mamadi Diane enabled the Stags to eke out a last minute victory, 54-51, marking the Stags 3rd DC Classic Championship, but the first behind Coach Mike Jones.
2003 marked the historic 15th year of the tournament and featured McQuaid Jesuit and Archbishop Molloy (NY) and Georgetown Prep. The host Eagles raced into the Championship game with convincing wins over Potomac School (VA) and St. Joseph
Prep (PA) behind the solid play of seniors Stanley Hodge and Antwan Harrison and junior forward Paul Johnson. In the other bracket Georgetown Prep used Seniors Roy Hibbert (7’2″), Davis Nwankwo (6’9″) and Aris Williams
(6’9″) to get past McQuaid and two-time tournament champion Archbishop Molloy, coached by the legendary Jack Curran and led by senior standout Sundiata Gaines. In a dream final featuring two neighboring Jesuit rivals the height of the
little Hoyas and a semi-final injury to Gonzaga star Antwan Harrison allowed Georgetown Prep to control the final despite a late charge by the Eagles. Prep pulled away at the end to win 46-38 behind tournament MVP Roy Hibbert, Jr. The
tournament’s final day also featured a shooting exhibition between Mount St. Joseph and McQuaid. McQuaid’s Jack Leasure set a new record for Three Point Field Goals with 9 for the game (8 in the fourth quarter) and 18 for the tournament, but
the Gaels of Mount St. Joseph prevailed in part because of the free throw perfection of Brian Johnson who made all 13 tries during the tournament including 10-10 against the Black Knights of McQuaid. The out of town teams were treated to a
special tour of the Capitol. The tournament also marked the last DC Classic for Gonzaga’s own legendary coach Dick Myers who retired after the season.
The 14th DC Classic featured the return of national power and previous tournament Champion Christ the King from New York. Local upstart, The Potomac School, led by junior Peter Prowitt, nearly pulled off the upset of the tournament missing a
last second shot to fall by one point to the Royals in the 1st round. The Tournament also featured West Forsyth, the first participant from North Carolina, led by Wake Forest bound Chris Paul, Mervo School, and Paul VI all making their first
tournament visit. The 2nd round featured a long awaited match up of local Jesuit rivals, Georgetown Prep and host Gonzaga. The Eagles, led by senior Luke Owings defeated the Little Hoyas who were led by towering 7′ 2″ junior
center Roy Hibbert, Jr. The Eagles brought their pressing defense and fast paced game into the final against the co-favorite Royals who had little trouble in the semi-finals beating a tough Paul VI Panther team. The final was an epic battle
from the start with Christ the King holding a small lead at the end of each quarter, only to see the Eagles tie in the last minutes. In the end, the Royals, led by tournament MVP Japhet McNeil and Brian Williams prevailed in a controversial
last minute exchange, 50 – 48. The Eagles were led by Senior Luke Owings and Juniors Antwan Harrison and Stanley Hodge.
The 13th edition of the DC Classic was held with subdued excitement due to the tragedies of September 11th. Jack Curran brought his Stanners from Archbishop Molloy (NY) to the tournament for the third time, seeking championship number two.
The main competition figured to come from highly ranked Germantown Academy (PA) led by super seniors Matt Walsh (FL) and Lee Melchionni (Duke). Fighting through injuries and illness Germantown was unable to overcome the Stanners in one
semi-final match up. In the other semi-final host Gonzaga, featuring a talented group of underclassmen faced Houston power Westbury Christian, led by 2002 national player of the year runner up, Ndudi Ebi. The Wildcats advanced to the final
with a thrilling and controversial last minute victory over the host Eagles, led by senior Chris Sumner. In the final, the Stanners took advantage of the Wildcats’ let down and steadily pulled away from the Wildcats. The Stanners were led by
junior point guard Marlon Smith and senior forwards Kevin Diffly and Kevin Hamilton. The 2001 tournament also featured newcomers Roanoke Catholic (VA) and T. C. Williams (VA) of “Remember the Titans” fame. With highly touted underclassmen
such as Ebi, J. R. Reynolds of Roanoke Catholic and Stanley Hodge of Gonzaga, the tournament attracted a large number of college coaches and scouts.
The 12th annual tournament provided another thrilling ending. Old friends South Lafourche and Coolidge High, were joined by Strake Jesuit (Houston), St. Joseph’s Prep (PA), St. John’s Prospect Hall (MD) and long time Gonzaga neighbors and
rivals Good Counsel and Georgetown Prep. Gonzaga renewed its rivalry against Prep with a hard fought semifinal victory. Good Counsel advanced in the other bracket taking advantage of inconsistent play from Scott Bouzigard’s Tarpons of South
Lafourche and the absence of key players from Strake Jesuit. In the final, Gonzaga, often led by two freshmen Antwan Harrison and Eric Price, roared from behind then prevailed in a thrilling overtime victory. After an 0-4 start in tournament
championships, the Eagles had now won 5 of the last 8 tournaments. The tournament showcased some rising stars and rising teams including St. John’s and St. Joseph’s, and particularly Georgetown Prep behind new coach and former Georgetown star
Dwayne Bryant, a college teammate of Gonzaga star Mark Tillman. Honoring his 12 years of service to the tournament and leadership as tournament chairman, the MVP trophy was permanently named the “John J. McLaughlin MVP Award.”
The 11th annual tournament produced a familiar “refrain” as tournament favorite Roman Catholic went down to defeat to Archbishop Molloy (NY) coached by legendary ‘two sport coach’ Jack Curran. Molloy and Roman were joined by local teams
Archbishop Spalding (MD) and McNamara (MD). Host Gonzaga sported a young team that could not match up with eventual winner Molloy in the semi-final despite a strong effort by Senior Center Howard Blue. Bishop Loughlin (NY) succumbed in the
semi-final unable to control national player of the year Eddie Griffin for Roman Catholic. Sunday’s tournament final showed that after 40 years of coaching baseball and basketball and receiving coach of the year awards in both sports,
Molloy’s Jack Curran still had the touch. The Stanners produced a smothering defense that hampered Roman’s Eddie Griffin. Junior big men Wendell Gibson and James Hauser lead a balanced attack that constantly produced open shots. In the end
the Stanners frustrated the Cahillites and Coach Curran had his first DC Classic championship in his second try.
The tournament celebrated its 10th anniversary with equal amounts of fanfare and anticipation. The tournament field included returning powers South Lafourche and DeMatha. South Lafourche turned on a tenacious pressing defense right from the
opening tip-off, surprising the Cahillites of favored Roman Catholic of Philadelphia, leading to the long awaited rematch with DeMatha. The Stags, led by seniors Keith Bogans and Joe Forte, proved too much for the Tarpons in one of the
semi-final match ups. On the other side of the tournament bracket, Gonzaga moved ahead, winning its first two games against Longwood (NY) and Towson Catholic (MD), setting up a dream match against DeMatha, the nation’s #1 ranked high school.
Although recognized as a skilled team, Gonzaga was given little chance against DeMatha, a team touted by USA Today as the most talented high school basketball team in the past twenty years. In one of the most exciting high school games in
memory, Gonzaga outlasted DeMatha in a thrilling, overtime victory won by a last second shot from Gonzaga senior floor leader Billy Glading. He was ably supported by seniors Pat Mitchell, Brandon Newby and Tim Folan. The Stags were again led
by senior All-Americans, Joe Forte, unprecedented repeat MVP, and Keith Bogans. An international element was introduced to the service projects supported by the tournament through the addition of a senior summer work project in the Dominican
The 9th year of the tournament registered another first with the Gonzaga Eagles’ Wings-sponsored, congressional reception hosted by Congressman Billy Tauzin (LA). Newcomers, South Lafourche (Galliano, LA) and Westbury Christian (Houston, TX),
attended the reception and provided a refreshing Southwest flavor to the tournament. South Lafourche outplayed Gonzaga in the tournament semi-final, gaining the chance to meet national power DeMatha, coached by the legendary Morgan Wooten.
Despite a decided height and depth disadvantage, the Tarpons of South Lafourche, behind the play of juniors Clarence Moore and Ross Chouest, stayed with DeMatha until the very end, before falling to the Stags and their junior stars, MVP Joe
Forte and Keith Bogans.
In its 8th year the tournament continued to expand, recruiting the Red Cloud Indian School of Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Red Cloud’s visit included several intercultural exchanges and resulted in a visit to Red Cloud by Gonzaga students the
following summer, the start of an annual student service project. Gonzaga became the first three-time champion with a convincing win against highly regarded Bishop Loughlin, which had earned a place in the final with a defeat of nationally
ranked, New York rival, Bishop Rice. Unfortunately, the success of the tournament was marred by the sudden death of Mike Kelleher, tournament founder and inspiration. In his honor, the tournament permanently renamed its Scholar-Athlete award
the Mike Kelleher Scholar Athlete award.
The 7th year of the tournament was dominated by juniors Mark Karcher, the tournament MVP, playing for nationally ranked St. Frances, and Alvin Brown of Gonzaga, who met in the tournament final. Gonzaga became the first team to win the
tournament twice, repeating its 1993 1st place finish with a dominating defensive performance. Players from Herndon H.S. (Herndon, VA.) and St. Raymond joined host Gonzaga at Children’s Hospital where tournament Chairman, John McLaughlin,
presented Children’s with a check from the tournament. Halftime of the final featured the announcement of the 1st annual Scholar Athlete Award, presented to Gonzaga’s team trainer, senior John Gans (Northwestern).
The 6th DC Classic featured three of the nation’s top teams: DeMatha, ranked #1; Roman Catholic ranked #4; and LaSalle Academy (NYC), ranked as high as #6 during the year. The tournament’s geographic horizons were stretched by the addition of
Jesuit College Prep (Dallas, TX). In the semi-finals, Roman Catholic stunned DeMatha at the buzzer. In the final, LaSalle rode tournament MVP Shammgod Wells’ (Providence) 20 points and superb ball handling to a decisive 57-48 win over the
Cahillites. Visiting teams were treated to a private tour of the White House, a tournament tradition. George Washington’s head coach, Mike Jarvis (now at St. John’s) was the keynote speaker at the renewed team breakfast for all participants.
Host Gonzaga started momentum toward an outstanding season with a victory in the championship game of the milestone, 5th Gonzaga DC Classic. The tournament invitees included nationally ranked St. Raymond (NYC) and Archbishop Wood (Phila.).
St. Raymond, behind Kareem Reid (Univ. of Arkansas) and Charlton Clarke (UMass.), cruised to the final with easy wins over Langley (VA) and Wood. In the final, Gonzaga star and tournament MVP Kenny McFarland (St. Bonaventure) sank a
buzzer-beating lay up to climax a breathtaking 63-61 come-from-behind win over the Ravens. The tournament also featured an alumni match-up between local and long-time rivals, Gonzaga and St. John’s, that preceded the tournament final.
An incredibly strong field drew media attention to the tournament in 1992. Teams included defending national champion Dunbar of Baltimore and Philadelphia city champion, Roman Catholic. Dunbar nipped Anacostia in the game opener termed,
“worthy of any tournament championship,” by the Washington Post. Washington’s St. Albans, featuring Anwar McQueen (Univ. of California), lost its only game of the year to Roman Catholic in other first-round action. In the final, Roman
Catholic, behind the strong play of tournament MVP Marc Jackson (Temple), shocked Dunbar, led by Keith Booth (Maryland), to end the Poets’ 57-game winning streak.
In its 3rd year, the tournament expanded to an eight-team format and received national recognition by Street and Smith. The field was headlined by perennial New York powers Christ the King and Archbishop Molloy, coached by Jack Curran, and by
Southern of Baltimore. Undaunted but undersized Gonzaga, led by two-sports stars, Ike Wilkins (Northeastern) and Chad Leonard (The Citadel), stunned Molloy in the semi-finals and was leading heavily favored Christ the King deep into the third
quarter before falling to the Royals, led by Jason Cipola (Syracuse) and Rich Veteri (George Mason).
The tournament field expanded to six teams in its second year including perennial high school basketball power St. Anthony’s of Jersey City. In the tournament final, Dunbar of Baltimore, led by Terrence Alexander and Donta Bright (UMass),
nipped St. Anthony’s powered by high school All-Americans Danny Hurley (Seton Hall) and Roderick Rhodes (Kentucky/Southern California/Houston Rockets) in overtime. The loss proved to be St. Anthony’s only loss of the year. Washington’s own
Dunbar H. S. finished only third in the tournament, even though it was nationally ranked all year.
The Gonzaga DC Classic, organized by a committee of volunteers from the Gonzaga Fathers’ Club, inaugurated the annual December tournament. Playing at the tournament’s regular home, Bender Arena at the American University, the four-team field
gave fans a taste of the excitement to come. Washington’s Coolidge H. S. and Dunbar (Baltimore) joined local rivals, DeMatha and host Gonzaga. In the tournament final, televised by Home Team Sports Network, DeMatha, behind Kenny Blakeney
(Duke), beat a strong Gonzaga team led by Robert Churchwell (Georgetown).