DRYDEN — There may not be snow this Christmas, but there will be a White Out at the Paul Grondin Holiday Basketball Classic in Dryden.

“We will be giving any Dryden student who shows their school ID a white Dryden basketball t-shirt for free,” Dryden varsity girls’ basketball coach Marcus Leija said. “We are asking the students to wear the shirts for the games this Thursday and Friday,” he noted.

Adults may also purchase the shirts for $5.

Dryden’s Olivia Reynolds brings the ball up the floor during a game with Merritt Academy. Reynolds and her Dryden teammates host Capac this Thursday in a game starting at 4:30 p.m.

“We tried the past few years to have girls play in the tournament and we were finally able to make it happen,” Dryden varsity boys’ coach John DelCampo said.

Leija said his ballclub is looking forward to the upcoming event.

“Our girls are excited to play in the Paul Grondin Tournament,” Leija said. “It is great for all schools involved because it will highlight their whole basketball program and will also be a great way to start their winter break,” he noted.

DelCampo was excited that the tournament is named after Paul Grondin.

“It is well deserved that we named our holiday tournament after Paul Grondin,” DelCampo stated. He is one of the leading scorers in Dryden basketball history,” DelCampo noted.

“Plus he has been a great supporter of many events not only in Dryden but the entire area.”

Grondin is humbled by the tournament.

“Dryden basketball has run through my veins for over 65 years,” Grondin remarked. “No one has shot more hoops in the Dryden gyms, especially bankers than I have,” he noted.

“Now with my grandchildren carrying on the tradition, I am extremely proud and honored to have this tourney carry my name.”

DelCampo said the tournament should be a good one to watch for hoop fans.

“The goal was to have one of the top holiday tournaments this year,” DelCampo commented. “I believe we have done that with the four teams we have participating,” he noted.

Dryden will be joined by Capac, Brown City and Genesee. Admission is $5 which is good for all games that day.

Thursday, Dec. 21

Girls’ Varsity
Brown City vs. Genesee, 3 p.m.
Capac vs. Dryden, 4:30 p.m.

Boys’ Varsity
Brown City vs. Genesee, 6 p.m.
Capac vs. Dryden, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 22

Girls’ Varsity
Consolation game – 3 p.m.
Championship game – 6 p.m.

Boys’ Varsity
Consolation game – 4:30 p.m.
Finals- 7:30 p.m.

Kevin Kissane

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.