Press Release

Posted by Gracie Blackburn on March 26, 2013

NHSI Matchups Revealed; Games airing on ESPNU, ESPN2 and ESPN

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Media Credentials: Gracie.Blackburn@espn.com

ESPN networks coverage of the 2012-13 high school basketball season will include, for the fifth consecutive year, the National High School Invitational Tournament (NHSI). Action begins Thursday, April 4, at noon ET on ESPNU, with No. 3 seeded Prime Prep (Texas) facing No. 6 seeded Blanche Ely (Fla.) in the opening boys’ game. The event, organized by Paragon Marketing Group, will be held at Georgetown Preparatory School’s Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence in Bethesda, Md. and features 10 games with some of the country’s best boys and girls’ high school basketball teams.

For the first time, every boys’ team in the NHSI field is ranked in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings and five are in the top 10. The defending champions, Findlay Prep (Nev.) returns to try and clinch their fourth NHSI title after an undefeated regular season.  In the girls tournament, Archbishop Spalding (Md.) is seeded No. 1 with 2011 NHSI Champion Dr. Phillips (Fla.) at No. 2. Each NHSI Boys Quarterfinal will air on ESPNU Thursday, with the Semifinals on ESPN2 Friday, April 5, followed by the final matchup on ESPN Saturday, April 6, at 1 p.m.

The NHSI caps off 24 games of the country’s best high school basketball teams playing on ESPN networks during the 2012-13 season.

NHSI Boys’ and Girls’ Tournament Television Schedule:

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Thu, April 4NoonNHSI Boys Quarterfinals: #3 Prime Prep (Texas) vs. #6 Blanche Ely (Fla.)
Joe Davis, Paul Biancardi & Dave Telep
ESPNU
2 p.m.NHSI Boys Quarterfinals: #4 St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.) vs. #5 La Lumiere (Ind.)Joe Davis, Paul Biancardi & Dave TelepESPNU
4 p.m.NHSI Boys Quarterfinals: #2 Montverde Academy (Fla.) vs. #7 Oak Hill Academy (Va.)
Joe Davis, Paul Biancardi & Dave Telep
ESPNU
6 p.m.NHSI Boys Quarterfinals: #1 Findlay Prep (Nev.) vs. #8 Montrose Christian (Md.)
Joe Davis, Paul Biancardi & Dave Telep
ESPNU
Fri, April 510:30 a.m.NHSI Girls Semifinals: #1 Archbishop Spalding (Md.) vs. #4 Dillard (Fla.)
Eamon McAnaney & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPNU
12:30 p.m.NHSI Girls Semifinals: #2 Dr. Phillips (Fla.) vs. #3 Life Center Academy
Eamon McAnaney & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPNU
2:30 p.m.NHSI Boys Semifinals
Joe Davis, Paul Biancardi & Dave Telep
ESPN2
4:30 p.m.NHSI Boys Semifinals
Joe Davis, Paul Biancardi & Dave Telep
ESPN2
Sat, April 611 a.m.NHSI Girls Final
Eamon McAnaney & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPN2
1 p.m.NHSI Boys Final
Joe Davis, Paul Biancardi & Dave Telep
ESPN

*Each team listed with their seeding

Boys’ Tournament Bracket:

 

Girls’ Tournament Bracket:

 

 

About National High School Invitational

The National High School Invitational launched in 2009 at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Md as the ESPN Rise NHSI. The 2009 boys tournament was won by Findlay Prep with the girls tournament won by Seton Keough.  The second annual tournament was held at Coppin State University’s Physical Education Complex in Baltimore with Findlay Prep retaining the boys’ title and the Peddie School claiming the girls’ title. In 2011, Montrose Christian won the boys’ title in double overtime while Dr. Phillips won the girls championship. Last year, Findlay Prep recaptured the NHSI title with an overtime victory and Riverdale Baptist took the girls’ championship trophy.

About Paragon Marketing Group

Paragon Marketing Group is a corporate consulting agency specializing in sports, entertainment and cause related sponsorships.  Paragon has partnered with ESPN over the past 10 years to deliver over 250 live high school football and basketball telecasts featuring many of the top teams and players in the nation.  Paragon’s consulting clients include Gatorade, Nature Valley Granola Bars, Lexus, PNC Bank, Skullcandy and Bayer.

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