The 25th annual James Roman Basketball Tournament was held December 6–7 and featured match-ups between Hyde Schools’ Bath, ME and Woodstock, CT campuses, Kents Hill School, Hebron Academy, Gould Academy, and Landmark School. Click HERE for photo highlights from the games.
The James Roman tournament is 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 Challenge Program, the freshman went on to perform at honors level in his academic courses and received the distinguished Headmaster’s Commendation both semesters.
In athletics, James, who wore number 14—a number which is now retired at Hyde— was equally hard-working and impressive. He is, in particular, 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 in which 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.
The highlight of this year’s tournament bright together Hyde-Bath and its sister school Hyde-Woodstock. Though the Hyde fans were supportive of good basketball from the neighboring teams, the crowd was charged with excitement when the two Hyde teams faced each other on the court. The sister schools have a friendly rivalry that culminates in a President’s Cup, as well as campus pride and bragging rights. Both teams showcased excellent athletes and outstanding competitive efforts. The tournament provided a valuable opportunity for both coaches and players to prepare for a winning season.
Player Warsame Mohammed ’14 said, “Our team played our hearts out, and I couldn’t have been more proud of the Phoenix.”
Remembering James, Hyde President Malcolm Gauld spoke to the students on Friday morning. “James was a special kid – the consummate student athlete. I have to believe that he would get a kick out of what the tournament that bears his name has become.”
Fan Sean Smerczynski ’14 writes that “The tournament and Hyde team embodied the qualities that James Roman brought to the court every day.”
Special congratulations to the Hyde Woodstock Wolfpack for placing first in the tournament!