Proviso West Holiday Tournament History  -- The 2000's

To mark the 40th anniversary of the event, the 40 Most Influential All-Time All-Tournament Team  is announced.  Individuals or representatives of the 40-person squad assembles on the night of the tournament semi-finals.  The team is selected by balloting of spectators, former players and coaches.  The 2000 tournament is conducted over five days with the second rounds being split on Wednesday and Thursday.  Farragut wins their third Holiday Tournament title, defeating Manley 77-58 in the final.  The Admirals place five players in double figures led by MVP Elliott Poole's 19 points an 15 rebounds.  Luther Head tallies 18 points and 11 rebounds for Manley.  Proviso East holds Elgin Larkin to an all-time  tournament low 18 points, in their 79-18 opening round victory.  Schaumburg, which lost in the fifth place semi-final bracket, advances to the state tournament and wins the Class "AA" championship.  Results from 2000

TEAMS IN:  Whitney Young


Those early morning games always make for an interesting storyline.  Fenwick trailed by 24 points to Evanston late in the third quarter and came back to beat the Wildkits 78-68 in overtime in the first game of the tournament.  Fenwick was down 20 at halftime and outscored Evanston 50-20 in the second half.  Reserve Ashytn Bell scored 19 second half points for the Friars.   Whitney Young beats New Trier 77-70 for the championship.  James Romey adds 20 for the Trevians.  It's the fourth time in the title game for New Trier without a victory.  Marcus White (27) and Anthony Harris (24) lead the victors. 
Results from 2001

Lyons Township
Martin Luther King


After being a mainstay for the last 33 years, Saint Joseph's contract is not renewed.  The Chargers had lost their last six tournament games and had not advanced to the winners' bracket in four years.  The tournament's 1,000th game is played in the championship quarterfinals as undefeated Hillcrest defeats Farragut 71-68 in overtime.  It's another championship for Whitney Young, as The Dolphins record a 66-53 victory over Hillcrest.  Anthony Harris scores 16 and MVP Dwayne Curtis adds 13 for the two-time champs.  Hillcrest's Shelby Jordan nets 14.  The win is the ninth straight  for a Chicago Public League Red-West team.  Glenbrook North beats Schaumburg 43-28 in the opening round to set the mark for the least points scored by two teams.  Steinmetz guard Perry Donte becomes the tournament's shortest player ever, standing only five foot, two inches tall.   
Results from 2002

TEAMS IN:  Glenbrook North, Leyden, Steinmetz, Von Steuben
Elgin Larkin, Providence Saint Mel, Saint Joseph, Thornridge


A record four new Public League teams fill the field as tournament officials scramble after mainstays Farragut and Lyons Township have disputes with tourney management and leave the event.  Coach Roy Condotti wins his first Proviso West Tournament title as Homewood-Flossmoor holds off Julian 70-66.  The game is played before the smallest championship game crowd since 1975.   Tournament Most Valuable Player Excel Hardy scores 22 for the Vikings.  Glenbrook North's Jon Scheyer makes 28 of 29 free throws -- including a perfect 15-of-15 performance against Schaumburg in the championship quarterfinals.  Hillcrest's Maurice Acker sets the tourney record for steals in a game with nine and ends up with the tournament steals mark for a tournament and eventually for a career.  Von Steuben beats Evanston 35-33 in the championship quarterfinals, setting the record for the lowest scoring game in tournament history. Results from 2003

TEAMS IN:  Fenger, Julian, Kenwood, Sullivan
 Farragut, Lyons Township, Manley, Steinmetz



   Julian advanced to the title game
   in their first two appearances


Returning to the tournament, Saint Joseph, led by second generation Tony Freeman, guides the Chargers to their seventh tournament title, in the 71-59 victory over Julian. Freeman's father (Tony, Sr.) got to the championship game with Saint Joe in 1982 but did not win the championship.  The Chargers Jonathan Peoples tallies 30 points against the Jaguars in the final game.  The younger Freeman scores 18 in the finale en route to Most Valuable player honors.  Harlan's Jeremiah Bryant sets the tournament record for blocked shots in a game with 13 rejections against Hillcrest in opening round play.  Teammate Clarence Holloway becomes the tallest player to ever compete in the Proviso West Holiday Tournament, standing seven-feet, one-inch.  In only their third year at the Proviso Christmas Classic, consolation champion Glenbrook North wins the state championship in March.  Results from 2004

TEAMS IN:  Harlan, Hubbard, Saint Joseph
 Fenger, Kenwood, Sullivan


A pair of familiar faces come back to the Proviso West Tournament Administration, as Mark Schneider is named Athletic Director and Joe Spagnolo returns as Executive Tournament Director.  The introduction of as the official website of the tournament gains nearly half a million hits during the four days of the event.  Live streaming video of the games is cybercast over the world wide web.  The tournament expands to 28 games, adding a three game guarantee for all sixteen participating schools.  In an unprecedented move, ticket prices are actually reduced from the previous year.  Despite the lower ticket costs, the event sets a new record for tournament revenue and all-time attendance marks.  Glenbrook North's Jon Scheyer wows the crowd by scoring 21 points in 75 seconds but the # 1 ranked Spartans are upset to host Proviso West in the quarterfinals.  The six-foot, six-inch guard scores 52 points in front of 3990 spectators including Duke coach Mike Kryzewski.  Glenbrook North's Chris Stamas made news of his own in the Fifth Place game by making a record ten three-point baskets in a single game.  Scheyer, who became the fourth player to be named to three successive All-Tournament Teams, scored 134 points in his first three games en route to setting ten tournament records.  Saint Joseph defeated Homewood-Flossmoor 69-54 in the championship game to win their second straight title and eighth for coach Gene Pingatore.  Results from 2005

TEAMS IN:  De La Salle, Peoria Central
  Harlan, Schaumburg 


Glenbrook North's Jon Scheyer
set ten different tournament
records at Proviso West
Click here for
Jon Scheyer's lifetime
PW Holiday Tourney stats


    Proviso East and Saint Joseph
 have played each other more than
  any two teams in tourney history


For the first time ever, Holiday Tournament season passes could be purchased on the internet.  Four individuals were recognized with the Proviso West Holiday Tournament Lifetime Media Achievement Award: Taylor Bell of the Chicago Sun-Times; Ralph Faucher of WTAQ Radio; Steve Foltin of the City News Bureau and Jerry Shnay of the Chicago Tribune.  On the court, Saint Joseph became the first school to three-peat as it won its third straight title in an electrifying 59-58 last second victory over neighborhood rival Proviso East.  Tournament MVP Evan Turner scored a game-high 26 points and made an assist on the game winner with 1.5 seconds left.  The contest featured 13 ties and 16 lead changes and marked the eighteenth Holiday Tournament title between the schools -- as both have tallied nine championship victories each.  Saint Patrick makes the most of their first ever Proviso West Tournament experience, playing a double overtime and triple overtime game -- the only team to ever be involved in multiple multiple overtime games in a single tournament.  Results from 2006

TEAMS IN:  Morgan Park, Saint Patrick, T.F. North
De La Salle, Hubbard, Leyden


A newly refurbished Sports Arena with stadium style seating, the first ever sale of advanced season tickets and live television on two nights (the quarterfinals and finals) on Comcast Sports Net Chicago were some of the highlights off the court.  The four day event established an all-time record for tournament revenue, as corporate sponsorship opportunities were first introduced.   The basketball was just as noteworthy as Whitney Young defeated Homewood-Flossmoor 55-53 in overtime on Chris Colvin's basket in the final seconds.  Tournament MVP Kevin Dillard set the all-time tournament record with 41 free throws made over the four days.  Marshall, who finished in third place in the Christmas holidays, went on to become the 12th Proviso West Holiday Tournament team to capture a state championship as they won the state's first ever 3A title in March.  Results from 2007

TEAMS IN:  Marshall, Morton
   Peoria Central, Julian


      In 2007 Whitney Young won
an exciting  overtime title
game before a live
television audience.  The
Dolphins won the Class 4A
State title in 2009 and
captured their fourth Proviso
West title of the 2000's
to close the decade.





Defending Class 4A state runner-up Zion-Benton returns to the Proviso West Tournament after playing here from 1975-1983.  They replaced Class 3A state champ Marshall which elected not to return, anticipating additional funding.  The Marshall coach was relieved of his duties at the start of the season.  The first round contests saw many go down to the wire as six of the eight opening round games were decided by six points or less. Morton won the title 65-59 -- their first Proviso West Tournament championship since 1962 -- over host Proviso West behind tournament MVP Luke Scarlata's 14-point, 14-rebound performance.  The Mustangs had three other players in double figures: Joe Belcaster (17); Oscar Macias (14) and Raul Guzman (13).  Dontae Moore led the Panthers and all scorers with 18 points in the title game.  The Mustangs blocked a record setting 18 shots in their semi-final victory over top seeded Whitney Young, erasing the mark held from the Kevin Garnett led Farragut team in 1994. The tournament had no player average 20 points per game for the first time since 1984.  New Trier finished with a hard luck 0-3 record, losing each game by six points or less and one in overtime. For the second time in two years, the third place finisher at the Proviso West Tournament went on to win the state championship in March, as Whitney Young captured the Class 4A crown in Peoria, marking the thirteenth state champion to compete on the Proviso West hardwood in the same year.  Results from 2008

TEAMS IN:  Foreman, Zion-Benton
Marshall, Morgan Park


In a battle of Chicagoland's # 1 and # 2 ranked teams, Whitney Young defeats Foreman 79-64 for the championship.  Sam Thompson (26), Anthony Johnson (21) and Thomas Hamilton (13) score in double figures for the Dolphins, which win their fourth Proviso West Holiday Tournament of the decade.  Michael McCall tallied 26 points for Foreman in the title game.  The Chicago Public League captures the first three places in the tournament -- equaling a mark that had only happened one other time in tournament history (1983), as Von Steuben defeated Glenbrook North for third place.  Glenbrook's Alex Dragicevich was named tournament Most Valuable Player and became only the seventh player in tournament history to average over 30 points a game in a single tournament as he netted 121 points in four games.  Hinsdale Central returned to the tournament after playing here from 1962-1966.  Fenwick became the first school in over 1200 Holiday Tournament games to shoot perfect from the free throw line with double digit attempts, as the Friars were a perfect 13-for-13 from the charity stripe in their games against Hillcrest.  Results from 2009

TEAMS IN:  Hinsdale Central


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