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Tanneberger tournament set for March 17

Father and son Ike and Michael Tyler play for the same team during the 2011 Tanneberger Tournament.

Father and son Ike and Michael Tyler play for the same team during the 2011 Tanneberger Tournament. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

—  The glory days will again be relived for many Westport alums as they come together to pay tribute to one of their own for the 33rd year.

The annual Dr. Thomas Tanneberger Alumni Basketball Tournament will take place Saturday, March 17, at the Westport Central School gymnasium, with game starting at 1 p.m.

The format will consist of four men’s alumni teams and two women’s alumni teams which will be mixed. In the past, the men’s team were set based on the decade in which an alumnus had graduated.

Play begins with the first men’s game at 1 p.m., followed by the second game at 2:15 p.m., the men’s consolation game at 4 p.m.; the girls game at 5 p.m. and the men’s championship game at 6:15 p.m.

There will be events for those who are yet-to-be alumni as well, as members of the Westport Youth Commission’s buddy basketball program will be showing their potential as future players in the tournament. There will be a skills and drills event featuring students in kindergarten through second grade at halftime of the first men’s game; a game featuring players from the third and fourth grade team during halftime of the second men’s game; and a game featuring fifth and sixth grade players at the end of the second game.

Middle and high school students will also get to show off their skills, as a foul shooting competition will be held for students in grades 7-9 at halftime of the women’s game, and a three-point shooting contest will be held at halftime on the men’s championship game for students in grades 10-12.

Admission for the tournament is $4 for adults and $2 for students, with preschoolers free. There will also be a 50/50 and quilt raffle as part of the event.

The proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Dr. Tom Tanneberger Memorial Scholarship, named after the late WCS graduate and student athlete.

Along with the hoops, there will also be the annual Westport Volunteer Fire Departments Spaghetti Dinner, starting at 5 p.m.

Alumni interested in playing in the tournament should register by calling Jeff and Carol Schwoebel at 962-8567. Player sign-in will be held on Friday night, March 16, with an open shoot-around from 7 to 9 p.m. in the gym and again starting at noon on Saturday, March 17. A $25 fee per player includes a t-shirt and invitation for two for a post-tournament gathering.

For more information, visit the website www.tanneberger.com.

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