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Holy Cross Men's Open Turns 50

It's been a Fox Valley staple in the early spring for the past 50 years. The Holy Cross basketball tournament draws teams from all over the state to Carl Giordana Gym in Kaukauna.

KAUKAUNA - It's been a Fox Valley staple in the early spring for the past 50 years.

The Holy Cross Men's Open Basketball Tournament draws teams from all over the state to Carl Giordana Gym in Kaukauna.

This year, the court getting a face lift complete with the addition of a new wooden floor and a fresh paint job.

It's a loaded 16 team field which includes several familiar former UW-Green Bay, Wisconsin, St. Norbert and UW-Oshkosh standouts.

"All the locals around here, the people do a really good job," former Phoenix forward Kenneth Lowe said. "Had a lot of fun and saw a lot of faces I hadn't seen in awhile, it was fun."

With college complete for most of these athletes, the two weekend tournament allows several players the chance to lace them up again as teammates in what is considered very high level competition.

"It's fun especially when you get to play with him, (Kenneth Lowe)," former Phoenix guard Turner Botz said. "It's crazy how fast time goes and when we get to play together. It's a fun atmosphere, we get to play with former player, former teammates, former coaches, even playing against one of our coaches on another team. Just a good time overall."


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