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Local basketball tournaments to raise funds, awareness through games

Connor Manning and the rest of the AuSable Valley Patriots will host the Hoops for Hope tournament, one of two local benefit fundraising events in the coming month.

Connor Manning and the rest of the AuSable Valley Patriots will host the Hoops for Hope tournament, one of two local benefit fundraising events in the coming month. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The local high school basketball community will be hosting tournaments to help several causes over the next month.

The early season schedule includes a pair of Alzheimers Awareness Basketball Tournaments that will take place Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1 and Dec. 3, along with a Hoops for Hope Tournament which will take place on Dec. 5, Dec. 16 and Dec. 17, with proceeds benefiting local hospice and ALS research.

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Joe Gonyeau and his Ticonderoha High School teammates will play in the Alzheimers Awareness Tournament at Moriah Central School Dec. 1 and 3.

Alzheimers Awareness

John Konowitz spent 27 years coaching high school basketball, 12 of those at AuSable Valley. Six years ago, he found out that his wife, Judy, had been diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease and looked for a way to help bring awareness and funding for the fight against the disease.

Using basketball as a way to help, he created a basketball tournament for girls and boys teams.

The girls tournament will be held at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School, starting on Tuesday, Nov. 29 with a 5 p.m. tip between the Ticonderoga Lady Sentinels and Westport Lady Eagles, followed by a 6:30 p.m. game between the Schroon Lake Lady Wildcats and the host Lady Lions. The consolation game will be played at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, while the championship game will follow.

The boys Alzheimers Awareness Tournament will take place at Moriah Central School on Thursday, Dec. 1, when the Ticonderoga Sentinels play the Peru Indians at 5:30 p.m. and the Westport Eagles play the host Vikings at 7 p.m. Consolation and championship games will be held at the same times on Saturday, Dec. 3.

“Jim and Steve Stahl have graciously arranged for all eight games to be refereed by their board of officials at no charge,” Konowitz said. “We are also raffling off at each tournament many items including four Syracuse vs Connecticut womens tickets and for Syracuse vs West Virginia mens tickets.”

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