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March 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Holy Names to compete in ‘virtual’ national hoops tourney

We received a press release about the Holy Names girls basketball team competing in a “virtual” national tournament, and wanted to share it with you. Holy Names caputured the state Class 3A title earlier this month to cap an unbeaten season.

Here’s the release:

McLean, VA – Gannett’s and USA TODAY will kick off the annual ‘Massey Virtual National Championship’ in April. USA TODAY editors will seed the teams in the championship bracket, where they will then face off in computer-simulated matchups, programmed by mathematician Ken Massey. Massey’s computer models were used to create the BCS rankings for college football in 1999.

The boys and girls basketball championship will include 64 high school basketball teams, consisting of 50 state championship teams and 14 at-large teams chosen by USA TODAY. will post the brackets on March 31, and the winner will be announced at 12 pm ET on April 12 at the following url:

Holy Names has earned an opportunity to compete in this unique national title competition. will present the 2010-2011 championship trophy to the winning school in early April.

“I think that it’s only fair to crown a national champion, and with our unique ability using the Massey algorithm we feel that we can offer the most accurate and justified national champion, although the debate will rage on, just as the BCS rankings do in college,” said Jeff Mucci, Product Director at

USA TODAY Sports editors will seed the brackets, initially drawing from 50 state champions and 14 other at-large picks. Massey’s simulations will then determine winners for each round. Massey is professor of mathematics at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn.

*NEW for 2010-2011* – Massey People’s Champion – Presented by got milk?

This year, will allow the fans to vote on the ‘Massey People’s Champion’ throughout April. The team with the most votes will receive $250 towards their athletic department as well as the Massey People’s Champ trophy. To vote, visit

“It is important to allow the fans to have a voice in the crowning of a virtual national champion,” said Jeff Mucci, Product Director at is the exclusive distributor of “Massey Ratings,” which rank varsity football, girls and boys basketball and boys baseball teams within their league, state and the US. Added as a first-of-its-kind feature in 2008, the “Massey Ratings” draw passionate audiences of teen athletes and their parents.

“We’re very excited to bring this new format to readers,” said Monte Lorell, managing editor of Sports at USA TODAY. “This virtual championship is a unique offering and will feature the rich assets of HighSchoolSports,net. I’m sure we’ll have some fun along the way.”

About is the hyper-local sports authority where more than 16,000 high schools have a home page. Teen athletes, both boys and girls, at every level of sport have an opportunity to shine through media coverage or uploading their own photos and videos – more than 2 million uploaded and counting. They can see how their school’s varsity teams rank in Massey Ratings or play Massey Match-Ups. And moms and dads can manage their active households using schedule alerts and other tools. The website is the media brand of Schedule Star, LLC, which is a subsidiary of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI). Based in Wheeling, W.V., Schedule Star also provides athletic-department management software to more than 6,900 athletic directors across the country and data gathering and publishing tools to more than 80 media properties.

Find a list of participating schools and seeded tournament brackets, visit:



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