Since I’m back and so many people have asked today is a good time to make it official.  The WOBM Christmas Classic returns after missing last year due to the pandemic.  The biggest holiday basketball tournament in the shore and among the largest in the state returns with the 37th annual to once again feature 52 games over 7 days at the RWJBarnabas Health Arena on the campus of Toms River High School North.  It all begins on the weekend of December 18th and 19th with girls and boys first round games and then after a break for Christmas runs every day from December 26-30.

Once again there will be 16 boys and 16 girls varsity teams competing for titles. The defending champions from 2019 are the Manasquan boys and Manchester girls but a lot has changed.  Speaking of changes while most of the field remains the same the Colts Neck and St. John Vianney boys are first-time entrants and the powerhouse group of girls squads this year includes Red Bank Catholic and Rumson-Fair Haven.

Dating back to 1984 the WOBM Christmas Classic is unique in size, format and much more.  We “tip off” the event with a special breakfast on December 14 at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Toms River which features players, coaches, sponsors and others.  Once again the players will receive tee-shirts compliments of the Causeway Family of Dealerships, a charter sponsor of the event since we started.  Among others who help us put everything together are Jersey Mike’s, Seaview Orthopaedics, Solution Prep, Atlantic Physical Therapy Center,  Common Sense Disinfection Services, ShopRite, The Office Lounge, RWJBarnabas Health and many others.

So in another sign that this winter season should be very different from last year a true holiday tradition is returning.  Hope to see you at the 37th Annual WOBM Christmas Classic.

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