The Dodge City Red Demons boys basketball team will take on Maize for their first game in the 75th annual Tournament of Champions.
The tournament takes place Jan. 18, to Jan. 20. with four games scheduled each day.
Maize is currently ranked No. 5 in the Kansas 5A state rankings. Other teams participating include Bishop Miege (ranked No. 1 in 4A and two-time defending state champions), Hays (which won the TOC in 2014), Leavenworth (which last won the TOC in 1981), Manhattan (currently ranked No. 6 in 6A), Wichita East, and Wichita Heights (currently ranked No. 1 in 5A).
The winner of the game between Dodge City and Maize will play the winner of Wichita East versus Bishop Miege the next day. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, of Bishop Miege, is the No. 36 ranked power forward in the ESPN 2019 Top 60.
Various groups will perform during the tournament, including the Dodge City High School drill team, the Dodge City Middle School Drill Team, the Commanche Middle School Drill team, the Dodge City High School Cheerleaders, the Dodge City High School Pep Band and the Pride of Southwest Kansas.
Before Saturday’s championship game, Dodge City High School will introduce the All-Time All-Tournament Team, and it’s most current inductee, former Dodge City head coach Dennis Hamilton.
“Dennis Hamilton's inclusion on the All-Time All-Tournament Team was an easy decision for the Tournament Directors,” Dodge City athletics director Jay Gifford said in a statement. “He was a stand-out player for the Red Demons as a student-athlete at Dodge City Senior High School - and went on to coach the Red Demons in 30 TOC"s - winning 9 of the school's 14 total TOC titles. The All-Time All-Tournament Team is an outstanding list of individuals who has made the TOC what it is today. In my opinion, it would be incomplete without Dennis Hamilton's inclusion.”
Hamilton played in three TOC’s before coaching the Red Demons in 30 TOC’s from 1988-2917.
The team also includes Ron Baker, currently a shoot guard for New York Knicks; Genoa Grissom, currently a defensive end on the New England Patriots’ practice squad; Bubba Starling, a center-fielder in the Kansas City Royals organization; and Perry Ellis, currently playing basketball professionally in Australia, to name just a few.
The tournament tips off with the game between Manhattan and Hays at 2 p.m. Jan. 18. All games take place in United Wireless Arena.