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Chick-fil-A Classic Welcomes Top Teams & Players For 14th Edition

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The 14th annual Chick-fil-A Classic tips off this week with another field featuring national and local talent.  The tournament will welcome a loaded 16-team field with play starting on Friday, Dec. 18 at Richland Northeast High School.  The Carolina Challenge also will welcome nine additional teams to play showcase games throughout the four-day event.

 

This year’s tournament field features four teams ranked in the most recent USA Today Top 25 Poll.  Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), ranked fifth in the most recent poll, will make its third trip to the Chick-fil-A Classic.  The Warriors won their bracket in each of their last two trips (2011 and 2013).  Roman Catholic High School (Philadelphia, Pa.), ranked seventh in the poll, is making their first trip to the Classic after winning the PIAA Class 4A State Championship last year.  Greenforest Christian Academy (Decatur, Ga.) will return to defend their American Bracket Championship from 2014.  The Eagles are ranked 12th in the most recent poll.  Huntington Prep (Huntington, WV) is making their first trip to Columbia for the Chick-fil-A Classic.  The Fighting Irish are ranked 18th in the most recent poll.

 

Five other out-of-state teams are coming for the tournament this year, including four teams making their first appearance in the Classic.   Arlington Country Day School (Jacksonville, Fla.) will make its third-straight appearance in the Chick-fil-A Classic, having finished in third place in 2013 and runner-up in 2014.  New to the Chick-fil-A Classic this year are Greensboro Day School (Greensboro, NC), Oldsmar Christian School (Oldsmar, Fla.), Pace Academy (Atlanta, Ga.), and Providence Day School (Charlotte, NC).

 

There will be seven in-state teams participating in this year’s tournament.  Blythewood High School, which started the season as the top-ranked 4A team in South Carolina, will be making their third appearance in the Chick-fil-A Classic.  Hammond School will make their second-straight appearance and fourth overall in the tournament.  Lower Richland High School will make their 12th-straight appearance in the tournament field.  Keenan High School, the defending 2A State Champions, has been a part of the Chick-fil-A Classic field in all but two years of the tournament’s existence (2002 and 2007).  Mullins High School will be making their third-straight appearance in the tournament.  Richland Northeast High School will once again return to the tournament field after a one-year absence.  Spring Valley High School will make their fifth-straight tournament appearance.  The last in-state team to win a Chick-fil-A Classic bracket was Irmo High School in 2010.

 

Fans can follow the action on Twitter (@CFAClassic) (#CFAClassic) and on the tournament’s web page (www.chick-fil-aclassic.com). Check back daily during the tournament for updated game results and game re-caps.