It all started in 1981 as a dream of Socastee High School Coach Dan D’Antoni. The tournament consisted of 8 teams, 4 in state and 4 out of state, and it was the first event of this type ever held in the State of South Carolina. No one would have ever imagined the progression into a 16 team National tournament, lasting 30 years and becoming the Premier High School Holiday Tournament in the United States. Our success was in large part due to the support of our community, city, county and state. These are the people that have allowed the Beach Ball Classic Committee to bring in the finest high school teams from around the country every Christmas to compete for the coveted Championship Trophy while entertaining thousands of citizens from the Grand Strand Community and beyond.

Then in 1998, the Beach Ball Classic Committee committed to begin a girls tournament, the Beach Ball Classic Holiday Invitational. It also began as an 8 team invitational and has now advanced to a 16 team National tournament. During the Holiday Invitational, as an added feature, the Carolina’s Challenge women’s college game is held featuring the University of North Carolina and Coastal Carolina University vs other Divison 1 teams. Four days of action packed women and girls games, held the week prior to Christmas, gives the Grand Strand 10 outstanding days and nights of high school and college basketball.


1981 Christ The King – NY
1982 W.T. Woodson – VA
1983 Archbishop Molloy – NY
1984 Dematha Catholic -MD
1985 Dematha Catholic -MD
1986 Eau Claire – SC
1987 Archbishop Molloy – NY
1988 Archbishop Molloy – NY
1989 Archbishop Molloy – NY
1990 Simon Gratz – PA
1991 Dunbar – MD
1992 Simon Gratz – PA
1993 Rice – NY
1994 Shawnee – NJ
1995 University Heights – KY
1996 Crossroads – CA
1997 Bishop Loughlin – NY
1998 Dematha Catholic -MD
1999 Oak Hill – VA
2000 Ballard – GA
2001 White Station – TN
2002 McQuaid Jesuit – NY
2003 Edgewater – FL
2004 St. Mary’s – NY
2005 Dematha Catholic -MD
2006 St. Edwards – OH
2007 Duncanville – TX
2008 St. Patrick – NJ
2009 Bishop Gorman -NV
2010 Miller Grove – GA
2011 Milton – GA
2012 Whitney Young – IL
2013 Providence – FL
2014 Bishop Gorman – NV