The Annual Varsity Basketball Tip-Off Tournament

 This past weekend, CGPS varsity basketball players competed in the Tip-Off Basketball Tournament against some fierce rivals. For Varsity Boys, they included the High School of Economics and Finance, Democracy Prep and Gloversville High School, and for Varsity Girls, Democracy Prep, Hunter College High School, and Chapin.

But the Lions weren’t concerned — they had history on their side. Both the CGPS Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls were crowned champions of the Tip-Off the past two years, and in the 15-year history of the tournament, Columbia Prep Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls both have eight Tip-Off Championship titles. Boys Varsity basketball coach Ryan Pettit notes, “For the boys’ team, it was our first regular season game and a great way to start. We have been hard at work for the last month and love playing in front of our community.” 

Joseph Grande, Director of Athletics and Physical Education at CGPS, expressed pride in the Prep School students’ performance. “Each year, we see great athletic ability, skillful play, and, most importantly, an outstanding display of sportsmanship.” Now on his 17th year coaching basketball at CGPS, Mr. Pettit agrees that the sport helps build character. “I can honestly say that I love it more and more each year. Basketball is an excellent opportunity for our student-athletes to handle adversity and experience the camaraderie of teamwork. Especially In our practices, I watch our players develop and work hard without any fanfare or people in the stands. They do it for the love of the game.”

On Saturday, both of Columbia Prep’s Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls Basketball teams found themselves in the finals, facing off against Gloversville and Chapin, respectively. The girls pulled ahead early, defeating Chapin 51-44 to become the 2018 Tip-Off Tournament Champions! Dakota F. '20 was given title of All-Tournament Team while Talia R. '19 was chosen as the Tournament Most Valuable Player. The boys fought tooth and nail until the final seconds, finally conceding to Gloversville 80-82. Andrew M. '19 was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Congratulations to all the teams and thank you for everyone who came out to support the tournament!