Plan to Attend the 88th Pontiac Holiday Tournament December 27, 28, 29 2018

The Pontiac Holiday Tournament, founded in 1926 by Don “Cash” Seaton, physical education teacher and head basketball coach, has the distinction of being the original and oldest high school Christmas tournament in the nation.  Seaton envisioned an event that would bring teams from different parts of the state to Central Illinois for three days during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  This is still the goal of of our tournament today.  It is our hope that you the fans have a great experience watching some of the best teams, players, and coaches in Illinois participate in the 84th tournament.

On behalf of the Pontiac Township High School student body, faculty, and Board of Education, we extend a warm welcome to all players, coaches, spectators, and friends.

A large amount of planning and work is necessary to unfold a tournament of this size.  We are pleased to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all who have contributed the time and efforts to make this tournament possible.

The Pontiac students deserve special praise for their efforts during the tournament.  The cooperation of our local merchants, townspeople, and our high school staff, is essential in promoting a fine tournament.

Excellent teams, good sportsmanship, and enthusiastic spectators have combined to make this annual tournament one of the most successful in the state.  We sincerely hope that everyone present will enjoy the tournament and will look forward to being with us again next year.

Tickets go on sale to the public Monday, December 4, 2018.

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  1. I was at the game that Pontiac beat bloom township in1974. What a basketball game. I HAD COME BACK TO fLANAGAN TO VISIT MY MOM AND DAD, Chet and Verna Long. Dad got my family tickets. I PLAYED BASKETBALL AT fLANAGAN hIGH sCHOOL WITH MY TWIN BROTHER tED. wHAT A TIME WE HAD.

  2. Tim- Memories such as your’s make the Pontiac Holiday Tournament all the more special for us. Thank you for sharing your experience and we hope you will enjoy more to come. Happy Holidays!

    Jon Kilgore

  3. Best high school holiday tournament anywhere. I had the privilege of officiating at the tournament for twenty years. Those games, the fans and the hospitality were the best ever

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