By Joe Henricksen
Among many holiday tournaments around the state, a common theme over recent years is declining attendance. While Pontiac, Proviso West and several other tournaments around the state continue to draw strong crowds, other tournaments have struggled with cost due to smaller crowds.
Those crowds caught up to one tournament in particular, with Waubonsie Valley closing the doors on its holiday tournament after Brooks captured the 27th annual tournament title Thursday night.
"This will be the last year for it," Waubonsie Valley coach Steve Weemer told the Hoops Report Wednesday.
That means Waubonsie Valley, Brooks, Aurora Central, Plainfield Central, Immaculate Conception, Marmion, Eisenhower and Glenbard North will all be looking for new tournaments to play in next December.
Elgin still ticking
Despite a persistent rumor the Elgin Holiday Tournament is closing its doors, Elgin school officials adamantly stated that is not the case. Elgin will remain a 16-team tournament next December as it begins its 37th year of tournament play in Chesbrough Field House.
"We are committed to this tournament and making it better and stronger every year," Elgin athletic director Gwen Poore told the Hoops Report. "There is a lot of tradition in the Elgin Holiday Tournament that we will continue to add to. This tournament is important to our administration, to our coaches and players and the community."
A tournament that will start next December is the Hinsdale South Holiday Tournament, which will be a 16-team bracketed tournament with a four-game guarantee. While the field of teams is still being finalized, Hinsdale South coach Vince Doran says many teams have committed to playing next year. The preliminary list of schools set to play at Hinsdale South next year shows there will be several openings that will need to be filled in multiple holiday tournaments.