IRON RIVER—Thirty-nine teams of youngsters will be battling for glory this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4, when the eighth annual youth basketball tournament takes place here.
It’s a fund-raiser for the youth basketball program sponsored by the Windsor Center. Over 400 players are expected to take part in the event.
All the games are open to the public—the admission fee is $2 for adults, while students get in free. Games will be played at the Stambaugh elementary and high school gyms on the West Iron school campus and at the Windsor Center in the old middle school building on U.S. 2.
Concessions at the high school will be provided by the West Iron athletic department. At the Windsor Center, Big Tones Eatery and the WIC Business Club will run concessions.
The tournament gets under way Friday at 5 p.m. at the Stambaugh Elementary and high school gyms. Featured at 5 p.m. in the elementary gym will be a game between the West Iron and Forest Park third grade girls —the winner gets a trophy, and players on both teams get medals.
“This age group is great entertainment,” explained an organizer, “because it is entry level basketball and there are a lot of mistakes—but lots of fun to watch.”
The final Friday game starts at 7 p.m.
Action resumes at 8 a.m. Saturday at the elementary gym, high school gym (two courts) and the Windsor Center, with action continuing all day.
The third grade boys final is at Stambaugh Elementary at 12:10 p.m.; fifth grade boys at 3:30; fifth grade girls at 6 p.m. at the high school; sixth grade girls and boys finals at 6:50 p.m.
The fourth grade boys and girls finals are at 6:50 and 7:40 p.m. at the Windsor Center.