Au Sable Forks Local fifth- and sixth-grade basketball players will take to the courts of the Jay Community Center and Holy Name School over the next weekend as the 24th Annual Missing Children’s Tournament tips off.
A total of 16 teams from 10 towns will compete in the annual event, which is sponsored by the Au Sable Forks Youth Boosters, the Jay/Black Brook Youth Commission and Holy Name School and benefits the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, features two games Thursday, March 7, two more Friday, March 8, and several more over the weekend (March 9-10) in a double-elimination format.
This year, the tournament is also dedicated to Luke Garcia, and Au Sable Forks boy born in 2009 with Congenital Mitral Stenosis, a defect of the mitral valve of the heart.
The opening games of the boys tournament will kick off in the Holy Name School gym Thursday, March 7, with games between Jay/Black Brook 1 and Willsboro at 6 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. matchup between Jay/Black Brook 2 and the Saranac Lake Red Devils.
On March 8, fifth- and sixth-grade girls take to the court with a 6 p.m. game between the Jay/Black Brook Patriots and Peru and a 7:30 game between Morrisonville and Mooers Magic.
Games Saturday morning starts with Massena and Moriah Vikings in a boys game at Holy Name School at 9:30 a.m. and the girls at 9:30 at the Community Center gym with the Moriah Vikings and Mooers CTC. These games are followed by an 11 a.m. boys contest between Peru and the Westport Eagles at the Community Center Gym and an 11 a.m. girls game with the Westport Lady Eagles versus Champlain Thunder at Holy Name School.
Play down games will be played throughout the rest of the day Saturday, with competition resuming Sunday morning. Championship games will be played at 2:30 p.m. (boys and 4 p.m. (girls), with potential tie break games scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.