Holiday Tradition Continues with 2015 Beach Ball Classic


MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The holiday season in the Myrtle Beach area would not be complete without the 35th Annual Beach Ball Classic. This high school basketball tournament returns to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Dec. 26 through Dec. 31, 2015. It is preceded by the 18th Annual Women’s CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational, which runs Dec. 17 through Dec. 22.


This year’s crop features 16 high school men’s and women’s teams each from across the eastern and southern states. They will compete in over 30 games across several days of basketball excitement.


The Beach Ball Classic started in 1981, with that inaugural tournament consisting of four in-state teams and four out-of-state teams.  It has since grown into the premier high school holiday tournament in the U.S.


Such NBA superstars as Kobe Bryant and Jason Kidd have previously participated in the Beach Ball Classic.


By 1998, a women’s tournament was added as well. This year, Coastal Carolina University takes on Wake Forest University on Friday, Dec. 18. It is followed by East Carolina versus the University of South Carolina, and Southern Mississippi University versus the University of North Carolina, both On Sunday, Dec. 20. The games of this Carolina Challenge are hosted by the University of North Carolina and Coastal Carolina University.


A complete tournament schedule can be found at