Plenty to play for at Sayre
Post Independent Sports Editor
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — People get physical at the annual Hoop D’Ville Basketball Tournament.
They bump each other. They chirp at each other. They push each other.
That only intensifies as the tournament goes on through the day. And that, of course, is because there’s something at stake here.
“You can definitely see it in the later rounds,” said Mike Picore, who started the tournament 13 years ago and still runs it. “Players start getting pretty physical, especially when there’s money on the line.”
Not just money, actually. Sure, there’s the $500 grand prize that goes to the winning team. But there’s plenty of other things that get dished out, like rounds of golf at Aspen Glen Golf Course and gift certificates of $25 and $50 to area businesses.
That’s enough to bring some pretty talented players from around the state to converge on Sayre Park, where the tournament runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. In all, six teams had preregistered through Thursday, leaving 10 openings for the 16-team bracket.
Hoop D’Ville features 4-on-4 play with up to six players on a team. Cost is $180 per team, and games will be played in 20-minute running-clock halves, with the first team to 30 points winning.
Proceeds from Hoop D’Ville benefit several local entities, including CARE animal shelter, YouthZone in Glenwood Springs and the Angel Network in Glenwood. A new proceed this year, however, goes to area high school teams.
Picore said that any local high school team that enters will have a discounted registration price of $120, and all money will be donated back to the prep basketball program the team comes from.
“It’s a win-win for everyone,” he said.
Of course, the annual draw attracts local and out-of-area players alike. It’s pretty typical for former Glenwood Springs High School graduates to come play in the tournament. But it’s not too uncommon to see a team like “The Chosen Ones,” which had college-level players whose height exceeded 6 feet, 6 inches.
“We got some elite athletes occasionally, or at least people who are on the edge of elite,” Picore said. “We get a good mix and match of teams that make it a lot of fun.”
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