The many youth participants were obviously enjoying themselves at least as much as Trombley enjoys his job. There were a total of 11 girl teams and 34 boy teams. They played 30 pt. games with double elimination. The age categories were 8 -9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, and 16-18. Special events added to the fun of the tournament which ran from 10 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. at the Base Oval. There was a 3 pt. contest for the 16-18 year olds, a hot shot contest for those 12-15, and a free throw contest for those 8-9. All winners received a Clinton County drawstring bag. Two venders, Cooking and Cruising, LB's Italian Ice, and the Just Say Yes bus, promoting healthy choices with free snacks and toys like jump ropes and frisbees, added to the festive atmosphere.
Like all Youth Bureau programs, the tournament was absolutely free. Red and black event t-shirts were awarded to all participants, and trophies went to the top three in each age category.
Marie O'Connor, her two children Dr. Michael O'Connor and Patricia Kanaly, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren were present. Marie O'Connor, as bright and cheerful as the weather, shook hands and offered her congratulations to each winner as she awarded them their trophies.
"The event has gone very well today," Trombley commented with satisfaction.
"I thought it was absolutely wonderful," Marie O'Connor said with a warm smile.
"I wish Tom was here to see it. He would just love this."