The Fifth Annual Pat Borowski Tournament kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, and will conclude the next day with championship games in each of the two, eight-team brackets.


The Lake Forest High School girls basketball team has had some rough times these past few years, but next week it will get a chance to reflect on the successes of years past and play a few games in the process.

The Fifth Annual Pat Borowski Tournament kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, and will conclude the next day with championship games in each of the two, eight-team brackets.

The tournament, named in honor of Pat Borowski, who was the head coach of the Lady Spartans for 32 years and who compiled 315 career wins, features all downstate teams and provides those players a chance to keep competing through the Christmas break.

This year’s teams include host Lake Forest and Milford, Polytech and Woodbridge high schools in one bracket, and Seaford, Indian River, Laurel and Delmar high schools in the other.

“I think there’s a need for games for people that want to play during Christmas,” said Mike Wagner, Lake Forest athletic director. “Teams want to have games and keep active. Plus you get a tournament setting and get to play for a trophy.”

The tournament also is a chance to honor Borowski, who said she was surprised and flattered five years ago when Head Coach Stephanie Scott-Turner wanted to start the tournament and name it after her.

“It’s a wonderful honor,” Borowski said. “I don’t know too maybe people that have a tournament named after them while they’re still alive.”

Scott-Turner played for Borowski in high school, then joined the coaching staff as an assistant until Borowski stepped down and handed her the reins.

The new Lake coach said it only seemed right, if they were going to start a holiday tournament, to name it after someone who gave so much to the girls basketball community since joining it in 1972.

“The tournament started when I was in high school,” Scott-Turner said. “We called it the holiday tournament, but at some point after I graduated they stopped it. So we were going to a couple of other people’s tournament, and I said we should bring one back to Lake.”

While naming the tournament after Borowski is a tribute to her illustrious coaching career, Borowski said it also pays tribute to something she strongly believed in when she coached.

“When I was coaching, I hated Christmas vacation because there was nothing going on,” she said. “It was tough to get kids to practice. With the tournament, it keeps them interested and in game shape.

“It also showcases some of the downstate talent we have.”

The first year of the Borowski tourney, there were four teams involved, which grew to eight a year ago.

Wagner said as the only downstate tournament for girls over the holidays, the event’s popularity is growing. He added that he hopes to see it expand even more in the future.

“We’ve asked upstate teams to come down and play,” he said. “We’ll expand it as more teams become interested.”

Admission to the tournament is $5 per day, with four games played per day. All proceeds benefit the Lake Forest girls basketball team.

IF YOU GO
WHAT The Fifth Annual Pat Borowski Tournament
WHEN Tuesday, Dec. 29, and Wednesday, Dec. 30
WHERE Lake Forest High School, 5407 Killens Pond Road, Felton
ADMISSION $5 per day
INFO Visit www.lakeforestspartanssports.com

Email Brian Citino at brian.citino@doverpost.com.