New name, holiday basketball tradition continues at St. Joseph-Ogden High School

The annual Leader Classic basketball tournament was the brainchild of newspaper publisher Scott Hunter, who published the The Ogden Leader and the efforts of St. Joseph-Ogden High School athletic director Dale Doehring 30 years ago. This year, with the folding of Hunter's publication under the ownership of the The News-Gazette, a Danville automotive dealer has stepped up to keep the holiday tournament tradition uninterrupted.

Jordan Brooks at the Leader Classic
Jordan Brooks steps up to accept his All-Tournament award after the Leader Classic title game on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Brooks drained 18 points, 12 from 4 three-pointers in the title game to lead St. Joseph-Ogden over Olympia, 84-71. With the loss of the title sponsor, the tournament has a new name and sponsor thanks to Toyota of Danville. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Now called the SJO Toyota of Danville Classic, the event will continue on for the foreseeable future hosted on the home court of the 2016 boys IHSA Class 2A champions.

The Spartan basketball program opens tournament play tonight with first-year head coach and alumnus Kiel Duval against CICS Longwood from Chicago, who became part of the regular tournament line up in 2014. SJO has won 18 of the 30 tournament titles and are one of favorites along with the state-ranked Timberwolves from Cissna Park.

Below is this year's tournament schedule.

SJO Toyota of Danville Classic Schedule

Thursday, Dec. 13
Game 1: Cissna Park vs. Armstrong-Potomac, 6 p.m.
Game 2: Schlarman vs. Oakwood, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 14
Game 3: St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Chicago CICS Longwood, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15
Game 4: Armstrong-Potomac vs. Chicago CICS Longwood, 10 a.m.
Game 5: Cissn Park vs. Schlarman, 11:30 a.m.
Game 6: St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Oakwood, 1 p.m.
Game 7: Chicago CICS Longwood vs. Cissna Park, 4 p.m.
Game 8: Oakwood vs. Armstrong-Potomac, 5:30 p.m.
Game 9: Schlarman vs. St. Joseph-Ogden, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 18
Game 10: Cissna Park vs. Oakwood, 5 p.m.
Game 11: Schlarman vs. Chicago CICS Longwood, 6:30 p.m.
Game 12: St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Armstrong-Potomac, 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 21
Game 13: Armstrong-Potomac vs. Schlarman, 5 p.m.
Game 14: Chicago CICS Longwood vs. Oakwood, 6:30 p.m.
Game 15: St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Cissna Park, 8 p.m.