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School alums return for 32nd time to play in Tanneberger tourney

WESTPORT-The 32nd annual Dr. Thomas Tanneberger Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament will tip off Saturday, March 19, in the Westport Central School gymnasium.

The tournament brings together graduates of all ages, whether still living locally or around the country, to participate in the alumni basketball tournament and help raise funds for the Tom Tanneberger Memorial Scholarship Fund.

"This marks the 32nd anniversary of the Memorial Basketball and Golf Tournaments held each year in remembrance of Dr. Thomas Tanneberger," according to the Web site, www.tanneberger.org. "Each year a graduating senior that has demonstrated academic and athletic excellence is awarded a $2,000 4-year scholarship in Tom's name. In addition, an alternate receives a $250 award. Tom excelled in academics as well as athletics. This scholarship fund and tournaments held each year to support the fund are a fitting tribute to Tom's memory."

The tournament consists of four games featuring men's teams consisting of alumnus from different graduating classes (previous years kept teams together by decades, and before that there was even a faculty/staff team). There is also a women's game held between the men's consolation and championship games.

The first men's game will take place at 1 p.m., with a halftime skills and drills show by kindergarten-through-second-grade biddy basketball players.

The second game will take place at 2:15 p.m., with a halftime game feature third- and fourth-grade biddy basketball players.

The men's consolation game will take place at 3:30 p.m., with a game between fifth- and sixth-grade biddy basketball players at halftime.

The women's game will start at 5 p.m., with a foul shooting contest for students in grades seven through nine at halftime.

The men's championship game starts at 6:15 p.m., with a tenth through 12th grade three-point shooting contest taking place at halftime.

Along with the tournament, there will also be the annual Westport Volunteer Fire Department Spaghetti Dinner, which will take place in the school cafeteria starting at 5 p.m.

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