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Ward Memorial Tournament scheduled

The Ward Memorial tournament will take place March 23 in Elizabethtown.

The Ward Memorial tournament will take place March 23 in Elizabethtown. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Basketball players from six towns will come together to help raise money in memory of an Elizabethtown-Lewis standout.

The 23rd annual Part Ward Memorial Basketball Tournament will take place Saturday, March 23 with games featuring eight men’s and two women’s teams starting at 11:30 a.m.

“There will be food served throughout the day, along with a 50/50 raffle,” organizer Michael “Ike” Tyler said. “The proceeds go to the Pat Ward Memorial Fund, which gives awards each year to senior Elizabethtown-Lewis soccer players.”

Tyler said Ward, who was a good athlete in school, excelled on the soccer field, which is why the fund goes to honor senior members of the Lions team.

“We are approaching $20,000 in awards to Elizabethtown-Lewis graduates,” Tyler said. “We average about $1,000 in awards each year. Last year was a bigger class, so we awarded $1,250.”

Registration is $25 per player, which includes a T-shirt, a day of basketball and food at the Cobble Hill Restaurant following the tournament.

Games will begin at 11:30 a.m. with Keene against Moriah 1. Elizabethtown-Lewis 1 will face Schroon Lake at 12:30 p.m., with Westport and Willsboro playing at 1:30 p.m., and Moriah 2 taking on Elizabethtown-Lewis 2 at 2:30 p.m. The semifinal games will be played at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., followed by the women’s championship between Elizabethtown-Lewis and Westport at 5:30 p.m. The men’s championship will be the final game of the tournament, scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for admission into the tournament are $3 for adults and $2 for students.

For more information on the 20th annual Pat Ward Memorial Tournament, contact Tyler at 962-8739.

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