The 38th Annual Hardwood Classic will be held Dec. 21, 22, 23, and 26. Tickets are $5 per day or $16 for a four-day pass.
The Wildcat Hardwood Classic came into existence in 1978, the brainchild of then Wheeling High School Basketball coach Ted Ecker, who served as tournament director in those formative years. It started as an 8-team, three day tournament with four games each day.
By the mid 1980s other changes had taken place. Jim Wendler had come to Wheeling H.S. and taken over tournament director responsibilities. By soliciting corporate sponsorship, Jim was able to expand the tournament to a four-day, eight games-per-day tournament where each team was guaranteed four games (assuming they showed up for those games!). The year 1987 saw the crowning of the first "Consolation Bracket Champ," Schaumburg. After Wendler retired, Neal Weiner stepped in as tournament director and continues to co-run the tournament along with Steve May.
The Hardwood Classic has evolved into a very competitive basketball tournament. One of the constants over the years has been its outstanding Hospitality Room. Since the tournament began, The Wheeling Spur Club (Athletic Booster Club) has provided a wonderful variety of food and drink for officials, coaches, workers and friends of the tournament. We hope you enjoy this year's tournament and will support the sponsors who make this tournament possible.