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Artie Kohs Classic

Tournament History

A Classic Since 2004

The Arthur M. Kohs Christmas Classic originated in 2004 to help generate funds for the Arthur M. Kohs scholarship fund. This fund was established to provide financial assistance to a current Xavier junior or senior student-athlete, who otherwise might be unable to benefit from a Xavier education.

Art Kohs was Xavier’s first hire in 1963 when the school opened and served as athletic director until his retirement in 1997. The Xavier High School gymnasium was named in his honor. He was also Xavier’s first head basketball coach and held that position through 1979, then handed the reigns to Coach Rich Magner. Art's son Mike is now in his 20th season as head coach.

"Coach Kohs always believed in giving 100 percent effort, and playing with class," Mike Kohs said. " Xavier basketball and sportsmanship were, and still are, synonymous.

"The Kohs Christmas Classic has earned a tremendous reputation over the years for providing a quality event for teams, players, as well as fans. It has become known as one of the premier Christmas tournaments throughout the state.

"There have been many outstanding teams and players who have participated, along with many memorable tournaments over the years. Many former Xavier basketball players, as well as Xavier alumni, come back and visit during this special event. It’s our goal this tournament continues its long tradition of excellence for years to come."

Championship Games, MVPs

2018: Waterford d. Xavier (J.J. Brennan, Waterford)

2017: Waterford d. Ledyard (Mikey Buscetto, Waterford)

2016: Ledyard d. Xavier (Steven Fletcher, Ledyard)

2015: Xavier d. Ledyard (Gianni Calistro, Xavier)

2014: East Hartford d. Ledyard (Devin Marsh, East Hartford)

2013: East Hartford d. Xavier (Elijah Pemberton, Xavier)

2012: East Hartford d. Xavier (Colin Nwafor, East Hartford)

2011: Valley Regional d. East Hartford (Johnathan Luster, Valley Regional)

2010: Glastonbury d. Xavier (Nico Donato, Glastonbury)

2009: Xavier d. Glastonbury (Andrew Roberts, Xavier)

2008: Glastonbury d. Lyman Hall (Cody Otto, Glastonbury)

2007: Xavier d. Glastonbury (Shawn Holley, Xavier)

2006: Farmington d. Xavier (Tim Abromaitis, Farmington)

2005: East Hartford d. Xavier (Doug Wiggins, East Hartford)

2004: Xavier d. East Hartford (Amari Spievey, Xavier)

Sponsorship Information

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(Please mail all sponsorships and payment to Xavier High School)

Contact Athletics

(860) 346-7735

Matt Martorelli
Director of Athletics


Dan DeConti
Assistant Director of Athletics