Cape Gazette

Governor's Challenge High School Basketball Tournament

Wicomico Youth & Civic Center
500 Glen Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801
Dec 26, 2012
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

For years, the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center has brought high school basketball players together in competition over the holiday break. In 2010 Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley placed a unique spin on this tradition by issuing a challenge to Delaware’s Governor Jack Markell. The wager: a Maryland Smith Island Cake to a Delaware Peach Pie. The inaugural Governor’s Challenge Basketball Tournament was born as a result, bringing with it a new level of excitement to the holiday basketball tradition seen on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The tradition continues this year in Salisbury’s Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.  Tipping off on Wednesday, December 26th, 37 teams will go head to head on the NCAA 94’ regulated courts of the Normandy Arena.  Play will run through Saturday, December 29th.  In addition to tournament play, highlights include a Dr. Pepper 3-Point Contest on Thursday, December 27th at 5:30pm followed by the Dr. Pepper Slam Dunk Contest just a few hours later at 8:00pm.

All-Access Passes are available in advance, offering admission every day to every game for $30 adults / $15 for students with identification.  Passes can be purchased online at or at the WY&CC Box Office (M-F; 8am-6pm; closed Christmas).  At the gate, daily admission is available for $10 adults / $5 for students.  Children under 11 are admitted free of charge.

For more information, tickets and a complete schedule visit  Teams and/or schedule may change as the competition nears.

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