The holiday season will be less “sweeter” in the Garden City this December.

After nearly a quarter of a century, the Orangeburg County “Sweet 16” basketball tournament will not take place at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.

O-W athletics director Tommy Brown confirmed the news Tuesday on the cancellation of this year’s three-day event, citing low attendance and lost revenue as primary factors.

The Sweet 16 has suffered since Lake Marion (formerly Holly Hill-Roberts) co-founded the event in 1989 with O-W, broke away in 2008 to start its own invitational tournament taking place at nearly the same time. It has drawn teams that used to participate in the Sweet 16.

Brown said he plans to work over the next year to reunite the “Sweet 16” and Lake Marion Invitational and hold one joint tournament again in 2014. Ironically, the O-W boys’ basketball team is entered in this year’s Lake Marion Invitational, one of two Christmas tournaments for the Bruins.

As for the O-W girls, they are headed to Myrtle Beach to play in the CresCom Holiday Classic taking place starting Dec. 17 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Other schools in the 16-team field include Dreher, Greenwood, Heathwood,Hall, Myrtle Beach, Northwood Academy, Timmonsville and schools from Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Contact the writer: or 803-533-5547. Follow Grant on Twitter@TandDSports.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.