Trumann to host district, regional 4A tournaments

Thursday, February 10, 2011

For the first time in 53 years, Trumann is about to host a high school basketball tournament -- actually two tournaments.

Trumann School will host the District 3-4A basketball tournament the week of Feb. 14. There will be both boys and girls games, with the tournament concluding Friday, Feb. 18.

Participating teams will be Trumann, Westside, Pocahontas, Osceola, Valley View, Gosnell, Highland and Brookland. Westside is the probable favorite to win the district title.

"The coaches of each team will decide the brackets sometime next week," said THS principal Jim Montgomery. "Trumann hasn't hosted a district or regional tournament since 1958. That was the first year we built the gym at the old high school."

Four boys teams and four girl teams in the district tournament will be selected to go to the regional tournament, also being held in Trumann. The regional tournament will begin the following week.

Unlike the district, the regional tournament starts Wednesday, Feb. 23, and ends Saturday, Feb. 26. The girls consolation game will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, followed at 1 p.m. by the boys. The finals will be at 6 and 7:30 Saturday night.

The last four regional teams then will go to the state tournament, Montgomery said.

Gate fees at the district tournament will be $3 for adults and $2 for students. The regional tournament gate fee is $5 for everyone except those with Arkansas Activities Association passes.

Asked how Trumann was chosen to host these tournaments, Montgomery replied, "We had to make a short three-minute presentation to the Activities Association in Little Rock. Heber Springs, Cave City, Clinton and Highland schools also made presentations. The board meets and decides which city will be the host.

"This is a nice honor for Trumann and the high school," he continued. "I hope everyone will come out and support our team. There are several players from our district that you will be seeing next year on the court of some state colleges.

"This undertaking is only made possible by people from this community volunteering to help," he said. "We have to have a hospitality room to greet incoming teams and supply some snacks for them. This takes a lot of people, and if anyone has time and would like to help, we could probably use them."

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