Worcester County Shootout Set For Thursday Night

Dec. 20, 2006

WORCESTER, Mass. - The College of the Holy Cross has challenged the region's best three-point high school basketball shooters to take part in the inaugural Worcester County Shootout at the DCU Center on Thursday, December 21.

Players from seven schools will compete against each other and the clock during timeouts and halftime during the marquee men's basketball match up between Holy Cross and George Mason University to determine the champion of the court from three-point range. The Crusaders and Patriots tip off at 7pm.

Players hoping to win the title for Burncoat, Holy Name, North, St Johns, Shrewsbury, University Park and Wachusett schools will be cheered on by their team mates, who have also been invited to attend the game and will be recognized during the event.

Players taking part in the Worcester County Shootout are: Colby Turner (Burncoat), Mike Baldarelli (Holy Name), Daniel Jimenez (North), Zachary Kiritsy (St Johns), Dean Diamontopoulus (Shrewsbury), Jonathan Torres (University Park) and Jim Quinlivan (Wachusett).

"We thought this would be a great way to celebrate some of the talented basketball players in the area and give them a chance to compete at the DCU Center," said Holy Cross Athletic Director Dick Regan. "We hope that fans of the schools taking part and followers of Worcester area basketball will come along to support them.

"Many of the Holy Cross students, who usually provide an exciting atmosphere at these big games, will have returned home for Christmas. So I'm challenging local high school students to come along and create their own unique vocal support for the Crusaders."

Tickets for the game against George Mason, whose team reached the prestigious NCAA Final Four last season, are priced at $25.50 (VIP seat), $15.50 (adults) and $5.50 (children).

Through a Food Drive initiative being held in conjunction with the Worcester County Food Bank, adults who bring two or more non-perishable food items to the DCU Center will receive a generous 35 percent reduction on a regular adult ticket and can watch the evening's entertainment for only $10.