DiFranco Memorial Basketball Tournament to celebrate 20th year in 2019
Midview High School’s Bob DiFranco Memorial Tournament has been etched into the boys basketball schedule in Lorain County for the last two decades. The 20th annual event will take place Wednesday, November 27. It has also been renamed the DiFranco Memorial Tournament, following the passing of Bob’s eldest son Troy in June.
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The Holiday Tournament originated in 2000 as a way to raise money for the newly formed Bob DiFranco Memorial Sportsmanship Scholarship. What emerged is an event that brings together the entire Lorain County and surrounding communities and has raised over $60,000 for deserving students.
Bob passed away unexpectedly in January of that year. Troy passed away in the same manner in June of 2019. The Midview scholarship is awarded each spring to graduating seniors who earned a Varsity Sportsmanship Award during their four years.
In 2014, it was moved to a tip-off tournament to allow the team to travel to San Diego. The event, now in its 20th year, has moved to the day before Thanksgiving this year so not to conflict with The Ohio State University’s football game with the University of Michigan.
The 2019 version will once again be a one-day classic and feature both boys and girls varsity games inside Kubuski Gymnasium. Due to the high interest from local teams, we have added a sixth game this season. Admission for adults will be $10, while students (K-12) and senior citizens (60+) will be admitted for $5. Admission allows you to watch all six games. No league passes will be accepted.
Wellington and Berea-Midpark will make their DiFranco debuts and open play at 12 p.m. Lorain will then battle John Adams at 1:30 p.m. Firelands and Medina clash at 3 p.m. Midview Varsity Girls Basketball, under the direction of first-year Coach Jessy Bendik, plays Keystone at 4:30 p.m. Elyria and North Ridgeville renew their rivalry at 6 p.m. Jim Brabenec’s Midview squad closes out the night with a boy’s game against Keystone at 7:30 p.m.
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About Bob DiFranco
Bob DiFranco was a professional educator, teacher in the classroom and in everyday life throughout the community. He lived by standards that we would do well to follow. Bob, as an athlete himself, understood the value of extracurricular activities in the educational process as well as the physical and emotional benefits such activities provide young adults. He never lost perspective, however, and always prioritized formal education, strong character and good citizenship before athletics. Those who knew Bob benefited from his friendship. He was the consummate husband, father and citizen. His legacy as a role model lives on in his children and the many young people he touched.
About Troy DiFranco
Troy DiFranco, a 2009 Midview Hall of Fame inductee, was a four-year standout in both basketball and baseball at Midview. He taught Math here at his alma mater for more than two decades. During that time, he contributed so much to the Midview Community. He was a Hall of Fame Boys Basketball Coach, Athletics Faculty Manager, Girls Golf Coach, Junior Class Advisor and more. He spear-headed the DiFranco Memorial Basketball Tournament as a way to honor his father for the first 19 years. Beyond all of those responsibilities, he was simply a great, well-respected, family man.