The Battle by the Bay will be held for the 25th time this weekend at Atlantic City High School.

I haven’t missed one.

In fact, I was at the introductory news conference in the cafeteria of the newly-opened Atlantic City High School in 1994 when then-Vikings athletic director Donnie Marsh announced the event. The basketball showcase was originally called the Atlantic City High School Invitational. But that name quickly faded away.

Battle by the Bay is the only moniker the event ever needed.

I remember the first game between Pleasantville and Atlantic City on Feb. 12, 1995. No one knew exactly how many fans the new Atlantic City gym could hold. As a result, organizers sold more tickets than seats. Fans stood six deep on both baselines.