Upcoming is the 32nd annual tournament held in memory of James Tomas Roman, a student-athlete who passed away suddenly during a pickup game of basketball at Hyde School in February of 1988. James enrolled at Hyde during the summer of 1986. After completing the Summer Leadership Challenge Program, the freshman went on to perform at an honors level in his academic courses and received the distinguished Headmaster’s Commendation both semesters.
In athletics, James was equally hard-working and impressive. He is remembered by many for his performance during a game at the Augusta Civic Center during the 1988 Western Maine Class B, C, and D Basketball Tournament where he fired two straight 15-foot shots that kept Hyde in the game against Valley High School of Bingham. Hyde went on to win in overtime 80-78.
Associate Head of School Rich Truluck '89 says that he is excited about the tournament, sharing that “Even though it has been over 30 years since James passed, his spirit still lives on in the tournament. This event has proven itself to be more than an opportunity for those who knew James to gather together and honor him, and has become something much larger. The tournament represents the investment in people and sportsmanship that James had in life.”
At the conclusion of the tournament, the James Roman Award will be awarded to one player from the boy's bracket and one player from the girl's bracket in recognition of good sportsmanship.
The Tournament bracket and schedule:
Hyde School vs. Penguin Hall - December 8th at 4pm
Hoosac vs. Kents Hill - December 8th at 5:30pm
Girls Consolation Game - December 9th at 10am
Girls Championship Game - December 9th at 1pm
Hyde vs. Hebron - December 8th at 7pm
Kents Hill vs. Hoosac - December 8th at 8:30pm
Boys Consolation Game - December 9th at 11:30am
Boys Championship Game - December 9th at 2:30pm