On the day of Wellesley varsity basketball team’s final game of the season in February 2011, coach Paul “Wally” Seaver was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
“It’s a progressive disease, there’s no cure, and barely any treatment,” Seaver’s eldest son, also Paul, said. “For 95 percent of treatments, they don’t even know what caused it.”
In honor of his father’s fight against the disease, Seaver’s eldest son will be running the first annual high school basketball tournament, titled the “Wally” Seaver High School Invitational. The two-day tournament consisting of 16 teams will take place at Milford High School and Milford Middle School East on Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22.
The 16 teams in the tournament are from Massachusetts, with the exception of one from Connecticut, and one from Rhode Island.
“It’s a life-changing situation, but the community has been great,” Paul Seaver said. “We’ve received tons of support, especially from Milford, but everywhere … We have 16 teams coming in.”
"Wally" Seaver coached varsity basketball at Franklin and Wellesley high schools, and coached youth teams for Milford. Seaver’s sons Paul and Daniel are also Milford High graduates.
For donations or more information on the invitational, contact Paul Seaver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group A (all games at Milford High School): Milford, Hopedale, Rocky Hill (CT,) Dedham
Group B (all games at Middle School East): Wellesley, Sutton, Ashland, Lunenburg
Group C (all games at Milford High School): Franklin, Uxbridge, Framingham, Mount St. Charles (RI)
Group D (all games at Middle School East): Wachusett, Canton, Brookline, BMR
Saturday, July 21:
8 a.m.: Franklin vs. Uxbridge (Milford High School)
8 a.m.: Sutton vs. Ashland (Middle School East)
9 a.m.: Milford vs. Dedham (Milford High School)
9 a.m.: Wellesley vs. Lunenburg (Middle School East)
10 a.m.: Rocky Hill vs. Hopedale (Milford High School)
10 a.m.: BMR vs. Wachusett (Middle School East)
11 a.m.: Franklin vs. Framingham (Milford High School)
11 a.m.: Lunenburg vs. Ashland (Middle School East)
Noon: Rocky Hill vs. Dedham (Milford High School)
Noon: Canton vs. Brookline (Middle School East)
1 p.m.: Framingham vs. Mount St. Charles (Milford High School)
1 p.m.: Wellesley vs. Sutton (Middle School East)
2 p.m.: Milford vs. Hopedale (Milford High School)
2 p.m.: Wachusett vs. Canton (Middle School East)
3 p.m.: Uxbridge vs. Mount St. Charles (Milford High School)
3 p.m.: Brookline vs. BMR (Middle School East)
Sunday, July 22:
8 a.m.: Franklin vs. Mount St. Charles (Milford High School)
8 a.m.: Wellesley vs. Ashland (Middle School East)
9 a.m.: Framingham vs. Uxbridge (Milford High School)
9 a.m.: BMR vs. Canton (Middle School East)
10 a.m.: Milford vs. Rocky Hill (Milford High School)
10 a.m.: Wachusett vs. Brookline (Middle School East)
11 a.m.: Hopedale vs. Dedham (Milford High School)
11 a.m.: Lunenburg vs. Sutton (Middle School East)
12:30PM: Group A Champion vs. Group C Champion (Milford High School)
12:30PM: Group B Champion vs. Group D Champion (Middle School East)
2:15PM: Winner of Group A/Group C vs. Winner of Group B/Group D
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- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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