Broome County Announces Details for 2015 STOP DWI Winter Classic

(Binghamton, NY) –Broome County Executive Debbie Preston, Binghamton City School District and Seton Catholic Central officials, event sponsors, and tournament organizers announced the details of the 24th annual STOP-DWI Winter Classic, which will take place December 4th and 5th at Binghamton High School and Seton Catholic Central.

The STOP-DWI Winter Classic is more than just top caliber basketball - it's an educational experience. STOP-DWI invites high school teams from across New York State to participate in this outstanding tournament which uses basketball as a tool to create a unique and exciting learning experience for youth.

Through involvement in the tournament, high school students are encouraged to become leaders in an effort to deal with substance abuse in their community. By participating in Teen Traffic Safety Day and hosting the "Just Drive" program, thousands of students each year learn about traffic safety challenges that young drivers face every day on our roadways.

For 23 years, the STOP-DWI Holiday Classic was recognized as one of the premier holiday high school basketball tournaments in the Northeast. 2015 will see significant changes to the tournament format including the following:

  • Two four-team regional divisions with Division I (Charlie Howland Division) played at Binghamton High School and Division II (Charlie Tarricone Division) played at Seton Catholic Central.
  • Games will be played at 6.00pm and 8.00pm at both locations on Friday.
  • Game times are 4:00pm and 6:00pm at Binghamton High School on Saturday and 3:00pm and 7:00pm at Seton Catholic Central on Saturday.
  • There will be no national division and no games played at the Arena. There will also be no dunk or 3-point contest.


For 2015, tickets cost just $3 for each session (2 games on Friday and 2 games on Saturday at each school) with seniors age 65 and older receiving free admission. Children age 10 and under are also free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event and doors open one hour prior to games times.

Friday, December 4th is VISIONS Night with free entry for Visions Federal Credit Union members. Each member who displays proof of membership will receive one free entry.

Saturday, December 5th is Rewards Night with free entry for Mirabito Rewards Card holders or Dick’s Sporting Goods Scorecard holders. One free entry will be granted per card.


Officer Aldo Rossi Jr Memorial Game:

The Officer Aldo Rossi Jr Police Memorial basketball game will again be held in conjunction with the tournament. The memorial game will take place beginning at 5.00pm on Saturday, December 5th at Seton Catholic Central. Tickets for the memorial game can be purchased the day of the event for $3. Port Dickinson Police Officer Aldo Rossi Jr. was tragically stuck and killed by a drunk driver in 2008 on Route 7 in the Village of Port Dickinson.


Division Names:

For many years, the STOP-DWI Holiday Classic began with the Charlie Howland Memorial Luncheon in honor of the Binghamton North Basketball Coach who was killed by a drunk driver in the summer of 1998 at the age of 77. The former Regional Division I is now named after the longtime Binghamton High School coach.

Region II and the Tournament MVP award are named after a very dear friend to the Holiday Classic Tournament and its first Director, Charlie Tarricone.  Charlie served as the first director of the STOP-DWI Holiday Classic from 1992-2000 and passed away in the summer of 2011. During his coaching days, Charlie led extremely successful teams at both Seton Catholic Central and Union-Endicott High School.



The educational components of the tournament have also been enhanced to include a year-round comprehensive traffic safety message focusing on impaired, distracted, and aggressive driving. Over 750 students from 15 school districts participated in the 2015 Teen Traffic Safety Day presented by State Farm held in mid-October at the Veterans Memorial Arena.

Students had an opportunity to participate in a Battle of the Belts Competition, experience safety belt demonstrations by the NYS Police, take part in texting simulations provided by AT&T’s ‘It Can Wait Campaign’, and learn about the effects that drugs and alcohol can have on driving by attempting to complete simple tasks while wearing Fatal Vision Goggles. United Health Services’ ‘Let’s Not Meet by Accident’ presentation focused on what happens after a crash, the rescue process, medical care of the victims, and the possible trauma and lifelong injuries on the body. New for 2015 was a presentation by Jonathan Mueller who was severely injured by an impaired driver in 1998.

All participating schools also participate in the “Hang Up, Buckle Up, Stay Sober, Just Drive” presentation which focuses on impaired and distracted driving as well as seat belt use. The presentation is organized by the Broome County STOP-DWI and Traffic Safety Programs, and the New York State Police.



“The STOP-DWI Winter Classic is a much anticipated tournament that delivers an important message through an impressive high school basketball competition,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “We are very excited to mark the 24th anniversary of the tournament and the first in the new format. Broome County thanks Binghamton High School and Seton Catholic Central for hosting such an important event, tournament sponsors Dick’s Sporting Goods, Mirabito Energy Products, and Visions Federal Credit Union; tournament organizers; and all of the volunteers who continue to make this showcase event possible.”


“Each year the tournament mixes top flight competition with numerous seminars to highlight the serious consequences of impaired driving,” said Chris Marion, Tournament Director and Broome County STOP-DWI Program coordinator.


“First and foremost, spreading the STOP-DWI message is so important in our community and this is a great opportunity to do that,” said Joe Mirabito, CEO of Mirabito.  “We are honored to be partnered with Broome County on this premier event and look forward to seeing competitive basketball this year and in the years to come.”


“The 2015 Winter Classic is a great, family-friendly event that we’re proud to support.  We look forward to the new format for this year’s tournament, and encourage everyone to attend and enjoy some great basketball,” said Mandy DeHate, Marketing Manager of Visions Federal Credit Union.


Participating Teams:


Charlie Howland Division I                                              Charlie Tarricone Division II


Binghamton High School                                                                  Chenango Valley High School         

Cortland High School                                                                        Dryden High School

Kennedy Catholic High School                                                          Laurens Central                               

Schalmont High School                                                                     Seton Catholic Central                                 


Players to note include:


Binghamton Patriots (1992-2015) (2011, 2012 Region I Champ)

Head coach David Springer enters his 17th season with the Patriots with a total record of 229-107. Binghamton High School returns four seniors from the 2014-2015 squad that won the STAC Metro Division. Key returning players include: senior guards Andre Hawkins, Kyhil Pickney, Jonah Chambers, and Kameron Crimmons.


Cortland Purple Tigers (1st year)
The 2015-2016 Purple Tigers are led by 4th year head coach Jeremy Milligan (46-15 record with school). The team will return two starters who led the 2014-2015 squad to a 16-6 record despite several injuries throughout the season. 6’4” senior point guard Nick Craig led last year’s team in scoring at 17.0 ppg. Also returning is 6’10” senior center Chris Luke who led the team in blocked shots (3.5 bpg) and was second in rebounding (7.3 rpg). Both all-league players are in contact with several Division III schools to continue playing basketball at the next level.


Kennedy Catholic Gaels, Somers, NY (2014, 2015) (2014 Region I Champ)
The Gaels, led by head coach Al Morales,  return to Binghamton after winning their division in the 2014 Holiday Classic and finishing the season with a record of 26-2 and a CHSAA City Championship. 6’7” senior center Kevin Buron returns after receiving CHSAA Honorable Mention accolades for his performance during the 2014-2015 season.


Schalmont Sabres, Schenectady, NY (1st year)
The Sabres are coached by second-year head coach Greg Loiacono who led the team to a 19-4 record in 2014-2015 and a sectional final appearance. Returning for the Sabres is 6’6”senior forward Zac O’Dell who is a 4-year starter and Albany Times-Union All-Star. He is joined by 6’3” senior forward Matt Bird who shot 38% from 3-point range last season and will be attending Lynchburg (VA) College next year. Senior shooting guard Frank Parisi leads all returners in 3-point baskets made and junior point guard Tyler Mattice played on the Albany City Rocks national champion team in 2014.


Chenango Valley Warriors (1998, ’99, ’02, ’04, ’07, ’09, ’11-’12, ’15) (2007 Region I Champ)
Head Coach Bob Zanot enters his 20th season with the Warriors with a record of 271-134. Chenango Valley concluded the 2014-2015 season with a record of 16-6 and a Class B Championship. The Warriors are led by 6’4” All-Conference senior Mark Mullins who averaged 17.5 point per game and is a 3-year starter. Mullins is joined by 6’3” All-Division senior Caleb Hertzog (12.7 points per game).


Dryden Lions (2002 Region II Champ)

The Lions are coached by Kim Brown who has been with the school since 2008. Dryden returns several players from the 2014-2015 teams that finished second in the IAC Large School North Division including: 6’7” senior and Section IV and IAC All-Star Ali Abel-Ferretti; 2nd Team IAC All-Star senior Trevor Gardner, and 6’4” senior and 2nd Team IAC All-Star Stu Stahlman.


Laurens Central Leopards (1st year)
Laurens Central is led by 15-year head coach Andy Carr. The Leopards are a 1st time Winter Classic participant who are coming off an impressive 21-3 season last year that saw them win the Tri Valley League and Section IV title. Junior point guard Mason Weir (6’0”) is a 3rd year varsity player and first team league all-star. He is joined by 6’3” senior forward Anthony Monaco and 6’5” junior forward Jarrett Benjamin.


Seton Catholic Central Saints (‘99-‘02, ‘04-‘13) (‘04, ‘08, ‘10 Region I Champ) (2000 Region II Champ)

Head Coach Chris Sinicki enters his 18th season as varsity basketball coach for the Saints with a record of 256-109. Key returning players include sophomore guard Leo Gallagher (9.4ppg); junior guard Luke Meier (6.7 ppg); and 6’4” sophomore guard/forward Peter Hartrick (6.3ppg).


The STOP-DWI Winter Classic is a project of the Broome County STOP-DWI Program that promotes an anti-substance abuse and impaired driving message to student athletes.


For more information contact Chris Marion, Broome County STOP-DWI Program, P.O. Box 1766, Binghamton, New York 13902. Phone: 607-778-2056 or Fax: 607-778-2908.



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