For the first time in 28 years, the Seagull Classic high school basketball tournament returns to Holy Spirit High School in Absecon.
A total of 14 games will be played between Friday and Sunday.
The Ocean City girls basketball team opens Sunday’s games at noon against Lenape. The Red Raiders are 6-0 to start the season, and play Absegami on Wednesday.
Lenape is 2-3 through Monday.
Middle Township will kick off the action Friday with a girls and boys game back-to-back.
At 6 p.m., the Middle girls will play host Holy Spirit. At 7:30 p.m., the Panthers boys face St. Augustine Prep.
On Saturday, Lower Cape May Regional and Wildwood meet at 4:30 p.m. in a boys game. On Sunday, the Wildwood Catholic boys team faces Lenape at 1:30 p.m.
The tournament will close 7:30 p.m. Sunday with an intriguing matchup between the boys teams from Holy Spirit and Pleasantville, schools that are located less than two miles apart.
Proceeds from this year’s Seagull Classic will go toward children’s autism research, youth scholarships and other charitable endeavors.
The tournament, which began in 1972, was considered one of the region’s top high school basketball events. It was played at various sites over the years, including Villanova University, the Palestra in Philadelphia, Drexel University, Camden County College, Boardwalk Hall and Holy Spirit. The final three years before it went away in 1990 were played at Saint Joseph’s University.
Seagull Classic schedule
(All games are boys unless where marked)
6 p.m.—Holy Spirit vs. Middle Township (girls)
7:30 p.m.—St. Augustine Prep vs. Middle Township
Noon—Mainland Regional vs. Gloucester Catholic (girls)
1:30 p.m.—Olympus Prep vs. Scotland Christian Academy (N.C.)
3 p.m.—Howell vs. Sanford (Del.)
4:30 p.m.—Lower Cape May Regional vs. Wildwood
6 p.m.—St. Joseph (Hammonton) vs. Bishop Eustace
7:30 p.m.—Timber Creek vs. Linden
Noon—Ocean City vs. Lenape (girls)
1:30 p.m.—Wildwood Catholic vs. Lenape
3 p.m.—Winslow Township vs. Patrick School
4:30 p.m.—Camden vs. Martin Luther King (Pa.)
6 p.m.—Atlantic City vs. Camden Catholic
7:30 p.m.—Holy Spirit vs. Pleasantville