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2015 Slam Dunk to the Beach draws highly-ranked schools from out of state

The 2015 edition of Slam Dunk to the Beach high school basketball tournament is bringing some top-notch schools from around the nation to the First State later this year.

The Delaware Sports Commission, which revived the holiday hoops event last December, unveiled 12 out-of-state teams that have signed on to play at Cape Henlopen High School the week after Christmas this year.

That group features a trio of teams that finished last season in the USA Today national top 25.  Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic - ranked 16th a year ago - tops that list.  Roselle Catholic from New Jersey and another Philly squad, Saints Neumann-Goretti will also there.  They were ranked 20th and 22nd respectively last year.

The out of state teams join six participating Delaware teams announced in March.  That group included a pair of 2015 state tournament semi-finalists, Sanford and Mount Pleasant. 

A 19th and final team will be announced at a later date.

Slam Dunk officials say last year’s tourney drew over 10,000 spectators and contributed more than $1 million to the local economy during its 3 day run.

This year’s Slam Dunk will be held December 27-29 in Lewes.  Three-day passes are on sale now for $55 dollars at the tournament's website.

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.
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