About The Beach Ball Classic

It All Started in

It all started in 1981 as a dream of Socastee High School Coach Dan D’Antoni. The tournament consisted of 8 teams, 4 in state and 4 out of state, and it was the first event of this type ever held in the State of South Carolina. No one would have ever imagined the progression into a 16 team National tournament, lasting 30 years and becoming the Premier High School Holiday Tournament in the United States. Our success was in large part due to the support of our community, city, county and state. These are the people that have allowed the Beach Ball Classic Committee to bring in the finest high school teams from around the country every Christmas to compete for the coveted Championship Trophy while entertaining thousands of citizens from the Grand Strand Community and beyond.

Then in 1998, the Beach Ball Classic Committee committed to begin a girls tournament, the Beach Ball Classic Holiday Invitational. It also began as an 8 team invitational and has now advanced to a 16 team National tournament. During the Holiday Invitational, as an added feature, the Carolina’s Challenge women’s college game is held featuring the University of North Carolina and Coastal Carolina University vs other Divison 1 teams. Four days of action packed women and girls games, held the week prior to Christmas, gives the Grand Strand 10 outstanding days and nights of high school and college basketball.

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Past Champions

1981

Christ The King - NY

1982

W.T. Woodson - VA

1983

Archbishop Molloy - NY

1984

Dematha Catholic - MD

1985

Dematha Catholic - MD

1986

Eau Claire - SC

1987

Archbishop Molloy - NY

1988

Archbishop Molloy - NY

1989

Archbishop Molloy - NY

1990

Simon Gratz - PA

1991

Dunbar - MD

1992

Simon Gratz - PA

1993

Rice - NY

1994

Shawnee - NJ

1995

University Heights - KY

1996

Crossroads - CA

1997

Bishop Loughlin - NY

1998

Dematha Catholic - MD

1999

Oak Hill - VA

2000

Ballard - GA

2001

White Station - TN

2002

McQuaid Jesuit - NY

2003

Edgewater - FL

2004

St. Mary's - NY

2005

Dematha Catholic - MD

2006

St. Edwards - OH

2007

Duncanville - TX

2008

St. Patrick - NJ

2009

Bishop Gorman - NV

2010

Miller Grove - GA

2011

Milton - GA

2012

Whitney Young - IL

2013

Providence - FL

2014

Bishop Gorman - NV

2015

Montverde Academy - FL

2016

Imhotep Charter - PA