Eli's March Madness

Eli’s March Madness is Back

Last year's game drew a full house to the high school gym. (Darin Reed photo.)

March 15, 2017

Eli’s March Madness returns on Friday, March 24 to Louis D. Giani Gymnasium at Huntington High School.

Eli Mollineaux passed away last fall following a lifelong battle with a rare disease. The teenager loved the annual March Madness game so much that it was eventually named in his honor. This year’s contest pits a faculty and staff team from Woodhull Intermediate School against a highly motivated Huntington High School squad. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $3. Dozens of raffles will be sold along with refreshments. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Eli Mollineaux Scholarship Fund.

Mr. Mollineaux was an inspiration to his classmates, teachers and the entire Huntington community. He never wavered during his brave fight and always found something to be cheerful about each day.

“The Huntington High School team is very excited to play against Woodhull and we’re looking to settle the score,” Principal Brenden Cusack said. “More important, though, is that we’re hoping everyone will come out to see the event and support the scholarship in Eli’s name.”

Woodhull Principal Traci Roethel said her team will be ready. “When we take the court, it will be all business,” she said. “It’s an honor to be able to support a new scholarship fund in Eli’s memory. We hope the game draws a capacity crowd.”

Eli's March Madness
Fans got into the spirit at last year's game. (Darin Reed photo.
Eli's March Madness
Eli Mollineaux addressed the crowd last year. (Darin Reed photo.)
Eli's March Madness
The two teams surround Eli Mollineaux at last year's game. (Darin Reed photo.)