Four local high schools will hit the hard court to compete in the 30th annual Mountain Cat High School Men’s Basketball Tournament. The tournament, which is sponsored by the Pitt Johnstown Alumni Association, has become one of the state’s most respected and highly regarded high school basketball tournaments to showcase local talent. This year’s tournament is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. Friday, December 14, in the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Sports Center. UPJ President Dr. Jem Spectar will open the tournament.
The Alumni Association also will take time between games on opening night to honor the tournament’s first ever champions, the Conemaugh Township Indians, who won the tournament in 1978.
In the first game, the Greater Johnstown Trojans will be paired against the Central Cambria Red Devils, who are making their first appearance in the tournament.
In the second game, the Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers will be paired against the Conemaugh Township Indians.
The second round of the tournament will be played at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 15, beginning with a consolation game between the two losers in Friday’s competition and concluding with the championship bout between the two Friday evening game winners.
Admission is $5 for the general public and $4 for students and Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association members. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Association, who supports programs and activities of the college.
The chairman of this year’s tournament is Dr. Ernest J. Mantini (’79).
The Pitt Johnstown Alumni Association, founded in 1973, has developed into an active organization whose activities throughout the year provide support to a variety of the college’s academic, social and cultural enterprises, as well as the UPJ Alumni Association Endowment Fund providing scholarship awards to deserving UPJ students.
UPJ is a vital knowledge center defining excellence and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural and economic environment through: excellent faculty teaching, scholarship, and service, as well as enriching faculty-student mentorships and collaborations in scholarship, research, and creative activity; operating as a top employer and key partner in shaping the economic future with an annual impact exceeding $60 million; engaging the community through exceptional volunteerism by faculty, staff, and students; expanding the workforce capacity by linking theory to practice through experiences such as internships and service learning projects; exceeding the national averages of student graduation and retention rates of similar institutions; a tradition of athletic excellence, with nationally recognized and award-winning programs; 17,000 alumni making a difference throughout the community and world; and by growing partnerships with businesses in areas such as healthcare, education, commerce, technology, and the arts.