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Cataract City Classic basketball showcase returns for 18th year

Fri, Dec 8th 2017 02:50 pm
Fifth annual hockey Cataract Classic slated for late December
By David Yarger
Tribune Editor
The holiday season is around the corner, and high school winter sports have begun. That means one thing: it's time for another edition of the Cataract City Classic.
The showcase of talent is in its 18th year for basketball and fifth for hockey. The showcases include high school sports teams coming from local and afar to compete in the two-day event.
The basketball showcase will take place Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9, with three games the first night and six the second day inside the Wolvarena at Niagara Falls High School. The classic starts off at 5 p.m. on Friday with Lewiston-Porter facing Sweet Home. Following that matchup, Royalton-Hartland will face East Aurora at 6:30 p.m. In the nightcap at 8 p.m., Niagara Falls will welcome McQuaid Jesuit from Section V Rochester.
On Saturday, the action starts early at noon with Medina taking on Nichols. Following the first game, Franklinville will square off versus Niagara Catholic at 1:30 p.m. In the middle, Amherst will play East High from Buffalo at 3 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., Williamsville North will battle Monroe HS from Rochester. In the second to last game, Wilson will face Grand Island at 6 p.m. Lastly, Niagara Falls will close the tournament in their second game in as many nights versus The Park School from Buffalo.
The hockey tournament will take place Friday, Dec. 29 and Saturday, Dec. 30 at the Hyde Park Ice Arena. On day one, Lewiston-Porter and North Tonawanda will start the action at 5 p.m. Following that game, Niagara Falls will faceoff versus Amherst at 7 p.m. The losers will play the following day in the consolation game at 5 p.m., with the winners slated to play in the championship at 7 p.m.
Admission to the events costs $5 and $3 for students who show proper school ID. The showcase is put on by the Niagara Falls Education Foundation, which ensures athletic and educational programs are provided to students in the Niagara Falls School District. Proceeds from the event all go back to students at Niagara Falls High School, either in the form of scholarships, or to help students participate in athletic events or educational trips out of town.
For more information on the events, visit the foundation's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Niagara-Falls-Education-Foundation-Inc-243649429022688/, or email [email protected].

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