Posted: 1:55 pm Monday, October 18th, 2010

Boys basketball: Atlantic, John I. Leonard, Lake Worth Christian to play in Kreul Classic 

By Matt Porter

Three teams from Palm Beach County — Atlantic, John I. Leonard and Lake Worth Christian — are part of a 32-team field that will compete at the 21st Kreul Classic boys basketball holiday tournament.

The tournament will be held Dec. 17-22 at Coral Springs City Gymnasium in Coral Springs.

“One of our founding goals was to attract quality programs from across the nation to compete against our local teams,” Kreul President Jim Reilly said in a press release. “This relieves our local coaches of the tremendous burden of raising funds to travel elsewhere to gain exposure for their players and to other styles of play. Given the economic times we are facing, it is likely that our mission resonates louder today than it did 21 years ago when we started the tournament.”

Nineteen of the 32 teams are from South Florida. Teams will compete in three separate brackets, with bracket finals played on Tues., Dec. 21. The tournament schedule and pairings will be announced in November.

Proceeds from the tournament fund the charitable organization’s academic scholarship program. According to the press release, the Kreul organization, a non-profit 501(c)3, has awarded more than $500,000 in academic scholarships to Florida students.
 
The list of teams:

American Heritage (Plantation)

Atlantic

Belen Jesuit Prep (Miami)

Cardinal Gibbons (Ft. Lauderdale; 2009 Coral Springs Challenge bracket champion)

Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood)

Coral Glades (Coral Springs)

Coral Reef (Miami)

Coral Springs

Cypress Bay (Weston)

Deerfield Beach

Dillard (Ft. Lauderdale)

Everglades (Miramar)

Forest Hills (Queens, N.Y.)

Hallandale

High Point (N.C.)

Holy Trinity (Long Island, N.Y.)

John I Leonard

Jordan (Sandy, Utah)

Lake Worth Christian

McEachern (Atlanta)

Miramar

Mountain View (Orem, Utah)

Northeast (Ft. Lauderdale; 2009 Sweet Sixteen bracket champion)

Palmetto Ridge (Naples)

Pine Crest (Ft. Lauderdale)

PK Yonge (Gainesville)

Spruce Creek (Port Orange)

St. Anthony’s (Long Island, N.Y.)

St. James (Md.)

St. Stephen & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.)

St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale)

Sunrise Christian (Wichita, Kan.)