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FIVE NEW TEAMS
JOIN HINSDALE CENTRAL HOLIDAY CLASSIC
The 2023 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic will have a new feel
next December as five new teams will join the event for the
first time. Brother Rice, Lane Tech, Niles North, Plainfield
East and Schaumburg will be making their first appearances in HC
Squared history when the event tips off on December 27, 2023.
Brother Rice was the runner-up this year in the Chicago Catholic
League Blue Division. The Crusaders won 27 of 31 regular season
games in 2022-23. Head Coach Conte Stamas is no stranger to the
Hinsdale hardwood, as he served as assistant coach for the
hometown Red Devils from 2016-2022.
Lane Tech represents the Chicago Public League Red-West/North
Division. The Champions return five of their top seven players,
including scoring machine Shaheed Solebo, for Coach Nick LoGalbo.
Niles North was the champions of the Central Suburban North this
year. The Vikings went 24-7 in the regular season and will
return three sophomores who earned All-Conference honors in
Hunter Gawron, Yaris Irby and Reid Olson.
Plainfield East becomes the first team from the Southwest
Prairie East to play in the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.
Junior Ehi Ogbomo is one of the leading scorers in the southwest
Schaumburg will become the first Mid-Suburban League team in
history to play in the HCHC. Super sophomore Jordan Tunis was
named to the MSLís All-Conference Team. Coach Jason Tucker
returns to the Hinsdale Classic after being an assistant coach
at Stevenson in the 2021 and 2022 holiday editions.
The new teams will be part of a sixteen-team field that
represents fifteen different conferences. The complete listing
of the teams that will compete in the 2023 Hinsdale Central
Holiday Classic include: Brother Rice, DePaul Prep, Hinsdale
Central, Lane Tech, Lincoln-Way Central, Maine South, Marian
Catholic, Morgan Park, Morton, Niles North, Oswego East,
Plainfield East, Rockford Auburn, Schaumburg, Saint Charles
East, and Stevenson.
The 2023 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic will be played on four
consecutive days, from December 27-30 in the Hinsdale Bank
Gymnasium. Additional information on the event will be posted
on the tournament website at:
www.hcholidayclassic.com and on the tournamentís social