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Time to hoop it up

Staff Report

For those interested in area hoops bragging rights, it’s time to get a team together.

The first of two G-Wood Hoop D’Ville 3-on-3 basketball tournaments slated for this summer takes place Saturday, June 7, at Sayre Park.

The top finishing teams can win everything from a free raft trip or golf to free meals at local restaurants. But the big prize is simply being named the champion of Sayre Park.

After starting with a roster of eight teams in its inaugural year in 2000, the tournament grew to 22 teams last year. Tournament organizer Mike Picore expects more teams this year, but the tournament won’t lose its local flavor.

“I haven’t really advertised it in Denver and Grand Junction,” Picore said. “We’re kind of keeping it a small-town tournament.”

Players have come from as far away as California and Iowa since the tournament began, but most of the competitors who make the trip to Glenwood Springs to show off their hoops talent have some connection to basketball in the area.

The members of Glenwood Springs High School’s 1979 and 1984 state championship team usually field a squad, and former prep stars from Aspen to Rifle also generally get in on the action against current prep players.

The tournament is open to anyone ages 15-50 and starts at 9 a.m. The slam dunk contest is slated for 11 a.m.

The entry fee is $80 per team and includes T-shirts and a pizza lunch on the day of the tournament. The event is free for all spectators.

Prizes include a rafting trip for four, $100 dinner and drinks at the Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub, Golf for four at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club or Rifle Creek golf Course, $150 in cash and lunch for four.

For more information, call Picore at 704-1144 or 309-2911.

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