40th anniversary of local basketball tournament


The Kannengeiser invitational Basketball Tournament is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Friday, Feb. 1, through Sunday, Feb. 3, in the gym at St. Nicholas Catholic School at 12816 S. El Monte Ave. in Los Altos Hills.

Eighth-grade teacher Kevin Kannengeiser has been organizing the tournament for 37 years. Eight teams come from schools in Mountain View, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Altos, Atherton and Burlingame.

The tournament began in 1973 and was originally called the St. Nicholas Invitational Basketball Classic until 2008.

There will be three sets of games played over the three-day-tournament, and the snack bar will be open during each game. Proceeds from the snack bar support the eighth-grade activities.

During the tournament weekend the teams will all live and play together as St. Nicholas guests.

The hosting team's parents will provide a pancake breakfast Saturday, followed by Mass in the gym and an award ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 3.

Three-day passes are $15 for adults and $12 for children, which also come with a free surprise. One-day tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are on sale at the school from Tuesday, Jan. 29, to Friday, Feb. 1, or at the door.


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Posted by Nice
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 28, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I have fond memories of playing in this tournament as a kid...the pancake b-fast and back then, we hosted kids from visiting schools. My 8th grade year we hosted a boy from SLO. Good stuff, good memories.

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Posted by Tourney Alum
a resident of North Whisman
on Jan 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I was fortunate enough to play in the 3rd and 4th tournaments, since my class made up the bulk of our team in the 7th and 8th grade. I remember hosting a player from El Cerrito one of those years and it was a great experience. The SLO team was a tournament regular in those early years.

This year I'll be involved in coaching one of the local teams, so it will be good to experience the tournament as an adult this time and hope it makes a lasting impression on our players before the start high school this fall.

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