A newly-formed Greater Lawrence Christmas Basketball Tourney committee has adopted a series of sweeping changes.
First, make that Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic Tourney committee. The 39th annual boys tourney and the 26th annual girls tourney have been renamed after new sponsor Commonwealth Motors of Lawrence.
The other changes include:
Moving the tournaments to Merrimack College, where the boys tourney became famous
Dividing the tourneys into an A and a B division
Seeding the teams
Giving out $16,000 in scholarships from Commonwealth Motors — $1,000 to a deserving senior on each of the 16 boys and girls teams
The four boys and girls championship games will be played on the same day at Merrimack
A Twitter feed and a Facebook page will be important new social media tools
The return of a special banquet, which Terry Holland of Stachey’s is catering free of charge. It will be at Relief’s In in Lawrence on Dec. 9.
The new committee believes the new energy and Commonwealth Motors’ generosity could bring a return to the glory years, when the boys tourney was frequently called the best tourney of its kind in New England.
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