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jANuary 16-19, 2020


In the memory of Joey Sykes, a former St. Raymond student who battled a rare form of pediatric cancer with great courage, determination and optimism, the St. Raymond Athletic Association is proud to host the 16th Annual Joey Sykes 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament (Thursday, January 16th through Sunday, January 19th).

Net proceeds will be donated to the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

The 15th Annual Joey Sykes 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament will be held Jan. 17–20. Games will be played at St. Raymond and Lincoln Middle School with the championship games for the two brackets being held at St. Raymond on the final day of tournament action, Sunday, Dec. 20.


Thursday, Jan. 17
•    Location: St. Raymond School – 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm
•    Location: Lincoln Middle School – 6:00pm, 6:30pm (west gym), 7:00pm

Friday, Jan. 18
•    Location: St. Raymond School – 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm
•    Location: Lincoln Middle School – 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm - Games run concurrently in Busse & West Gyms

Saturday, Jan. 19
•    Location: St. Raymond School – 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00 noon, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm. 8:00pm, 9:00pm

Sunday, Jan. 20
•    Location:  St. Raymond School – 12:15pm, 1:30pm, 2:45pm, 4:00pm, 5:15pm


The 15th annual Joey Sykes 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament was a huge success, both as a fundraiser and a basketball competition. The tournament raised $4,125 for the Bear Necessities Foundation on behalf of Joey Sykes for Neuroblastoma research.  We are so proud of our 8th grade gold team and coaches on winning the gold division championship which is the first time since 2009.   Special Thanks to…all the teams that participated, including our 8th grade boys teams; the countless volunteers, especially the 7th grade families that hosted this event; the generous businesses that donated raffle items; St. Raymond parish and school for their support; Lincoln Middle School for the use of their wonderful gyms; and the students, past and present, who help keep Joey’s spirit alive.

And, of course, a huge thank you to Debbie, Joe, Jessica and Ashley Sykes for all of their help and inspiration throughout the tournament.

Gold Championship

Congrats to Gold Division champion, St. Raymond, who beat St. Hubert in a thrilling championship game.

Silver Championship

Congrats to Silver Division champion, St. Alphonsus, which topped St. James for the title.

3 Pt Shooting Championship 

Congrats to Chase B. (OLPH, Gold Division) and Evan H. (Queen of All Saints, Silver Division) on their 3-point championships.

Thank you, also, to the generous business that donated our raffle items. Here are the winners:

Nintendo Switch (donated by the Athletic Association) – Zalewiski Family
Marriott Lincolnshire Production and Dinner – Clayton Johanson
Cubs Tickets Donated by Coach Ciprian – Radford Family
Wendell Lake and River Architecture Boat Tour – Philippas Family
Bosch 18VCompact Drill/Driver Kit – McKenna Family
Meyer Dental Group – In Office Teeth Whitening – Kim Clarke
Mt. Prospect Golf Course – 4 Rounds of Golf – Ziegenhorn Family
DynaPeak Fitness and Physical Therapy – 8 Pilates Sessions – Twila Radford
Northwestern Basketball Game – Riefke Family
DePaul Basketball Game – Montesinos Family and Ulinke Family
Tortorice Pizza and Fannie Mae Chocolate – Untiedt Family
Outback Steak House Gift Basket – Ochab Family
Nothin’ Bundt Cakes Bundtlet Tower and gift card – Splinter Family
Chicago Blackhawks Gear– Ettschow Family
Red Barn Dinner for 2 and gift card – Ettschow Family
Buffalo Wild Wings Gift Card – J. Sutton – Half Court Shot

2019 Joey Sykes Tournament  Info

From the Tournament Directors

The 15th Annual Joey Sykes tournament will feature 19 8th-grade boys teams competing over four days in the St. Raymond School and Lincoln Middle School gyms. The tournament features a Silver and Gold bracket as well as a 3-point contest on Championship Sunday.  Good luck to all the teams this year!

Gold Divison -  is a double elimination tournament.

Silver Division -  is Pool Play across 3 pools of teams.


There is a raffle with a chance to win many amazing prizes including:

  • Nintendo Switch ($300 value)
  • Marriott Lincolnshire Staycation – Overnight stay, show and breakfast
  • 2 Cubs Tickets Tuesday July 16th 7:05pm game – 5th row up on 3 rd base side
  • DePaul Blue Demons Game – Four Tickets to Men’s Game and Women’s Game
  • Chicago Blackhawks Swag Bag
  • Northwestern Game in 2019-2020
  • Bosch V18 Compact ½ Drill ($130 value)
  • Golf foursome @ Mt. Prospect Golf Course
  • Teeth Whitening by Meyer Dental Group
  • Six Pilates Classes by DynaPeak

And other prizes from Fannie Mae, Tortorice’s Pizza, Outback Steak House, Nothing Bundt Cakes and more!

Raffle tickets will be sold at the games:
$1 - 1 ticket
$5 - 6 tickets 
$20 for head-to-toe tickets (as tall as you are)


On Friday night of the Tournament, both St. Raymond 8th-grade boys teams will play. Let’s “Pack the Gym For Joey” that Friday evening! The Athletic Association encourages all students to come out and pack the gym for this great event as we cheer on our teams, raise funds to fight pediatric cancer and celebrate the spirit of Joey Sykes

Silver SRS Team Game:
Friday, Jan 18, at St. Raymond at 7 p.m. vs. Lincoln Middle School (Sliver)
Gold SRS Team Game:
Friday , Jan 18, at St. Raymond @  8 p.m. vs St. Joseph (Gold)


We are in need of volunteers for this important event.  On Thursday and Friday nights, there will be three gyms used for games.  On Saturday, there will be 11 games at St. Raymond. We need your help!

Scoring and Timekeeping Volunteer Opportunities

Admissions and Concessions Volunteer Opportunities

Looking forward to a terrific weekend of basketball!
2019 Joey Sykes Tournament Committee
Bill Cantieri
Joel Barbel
Sean Hargadon