Hoopsters head to Glenwood
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Wander over to Sayre Park on Saturday and you’ll see a formalized version of a scene that plays out virtually every night there ” asphalt basketball courts swarming with players of all ages.
Twenty-five teams ” many filled with Glenwood Springs High School alums and others from places like Grand Junction, Telluride, Denver and Aspen ” will vie for the Hoop D’Ville 3-on-3 basketball tournament crown.
Founded and organized yearly by local hoops junkie Mike Picore, Hoop D’Ville took form from humble roots, starting in 2000 with just eight teams. That number jumped to 16 teams the following year and hasn’t stopped growing since.
“It just kept blossoming,” Picore said.
Expect to see about 25 teams and some 100 hoopsters at Sayre on Saturday. Teams carry rosters of four to provide opportunity for rest and play games to either 30 points (with baskets counting for either two or three points) or until 20 minutes is up (two 10-minute halves).
“It’s usually quicker than that,” Picore said. “Good teams are done in the first half.”
One of those teams is the Hyenas, last year’s tourney winner. Consisting of GSHS alums Jason Rand, Dorien McClelland (Class of 1992), Mike Schubert (1994) and their friend Adam Koski from Minnesota, the Hyenas won not only last summer’s Hoop D’Ville 3-on-3 affair but its sister event, the July Hoop D’Ville 4-on-4 tourney.
“We’re trying to win it again,” said Schubert, playing pickup ball with Picore and others at Sayre Wednesday night. “It’s not going to be easy. There are some good teams from Junction, and Picore’s team is always good.”
For Schubert, the nights he spends at Sayre serve as a flashback to his childhood. He’s glad Picore helped resurrect the hoops scene there with the tournaments.
“Growing up back in high school, back in the ’90s, we’d always come here and have excellent games, three or four hours every night, and then everybody moved,” he said. “Then Picore moved here and started organizing.”
Many of Schubert’s friends, most former Demons, return to Glenwood every year for the Hoop D’Ville tournaments. The tournament is a virtual who’s who of Demon hoops.
And a good number of those court junkies have been flooding the courts at Sayre all week in preparation for the tourney. After all, with pride on the line, the stakes are highest when competing against lifelong friends.
“It gets pretty intense,” said 2006 GSHS graduate Tyler Thimson. “All the adrenaline’s pumping and everybody wants to win.”
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