It started in 1984 with eight boys teams and today the WOBM Christmas Classic is one of the largest high school holiday basketball tournaments in New Jersey. The 39th edition presented by Jersey Mike’s will take place from December 26-30 at the RWJBarnabas Health Arena on the campus of Toms River High School North.

Manasquan is back to defend the Jim Ruhnke Bracket boys crown they won last year on their way to a 28-4 season. Gone is MVP Darius Adams who is now attending a prep school in Indiana. While senior point guard Ryan Frauenheim will miss the season with an injury the Warriors return 6’7 senior Alex Konov and 6’4 junior Griffin Linstra and as always will be one of the teams to beat.

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15 of the 16 teams return from last year with the Brick “Green Dragons” the lone newcomer. The field also includes Brick Memorial, Central Regional, Colts Neck, Donovan Catholic, Freehold Township, Manchester, Marlboro, Middletown South, Red Bank Catholic, St. John Vianney, Toms River East, Toms River North, Toms River South and Wall.

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Major changes on the girls side with Manasquan, Red Bank Catholic and Ewing opting not to return. They have been replaced by Brick, Middletown North and Point Beach. Rumson-Fair Haven and Red Bank Regional head up the list of returning teams along with Brick Memorial, Central, Donovan Catholic, Lacey, Manchester, Middletown South, Point Boro, Toms River East, Toms River North, Toms River South and Wall.

Once again this year the format will find the teams split into two, 8-team brackets following the seeding meeting in a couple of weeks. All 32 teams will play on the opening day of the tournament (December 26) and the matchups/times will be determined after that takes place.

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