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Alzheimer’s Awareness tournament starts this weekend

Kylie Austin and the Ticonderoga Lady Sentinels play this weekend in the Alzheimer's Awareness Tournament at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School.

Kylie Austin and the Ticonderoga Lady Sentinels play this weekend in the Alzheimer's Awareness Tournament at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— It’s time to hit the hardwood.

For the third year, the North Country basketball season will begin with the Alzheimer’s Awareness Basketball tournament, played at two sites over two weekends and featuring several local hoops teams.

“Our goal is to keep the money local and all contributions will go directly to the outstanding programs at the Alzheimer’s centers in Elizabethtown and Saranac Lake,” former AuSable Valley head coach and tournament director John Konowitz said.

For Konowitz, the fight against Alzheimer’s is personal.

“Eight years ago at age 57, my wife Judy was diagnosed with the disease,” Konowitz said. “For the past two years we have held the tournament and raised over $36,000. The response from the school administrators, sponsors, athletic directors, coaches, players, support staff, faculty, referees and people of the North Country has been staggering.”

Konowitz said that the referees have again donated their time to the event.

The opening games of the tournament will be held at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School opening Friday, Nov. 22. Girls varsity basketball will take center stage as the Westport Lady Eagles will take on the Ticonderoga Lady Sentinels at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Elizabethtown-Lewis Lady Lions and Willsboro Lady Warriors at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 23, the consolation game will take place at 2:30 p.m., followed by the championship game at 4 p.m.

The boys will take to the Moriah Central School court Friday, Nov. 29 when the Ticonderoga Sentinels and AuSable Valley Patriots tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Moriah Vikings and Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions at 7 p.m.

The following day, ELCS will play Ticonderoga at 2:30 p.m., followed by AuSable Valley playing host Moriah at 4 p.m.

Along with the games, there will also be raffles at halftime of each game with Syracuse basketball tickets, New York Giants v. Seattle Seahawks football tickets, a chainsaw from Adirondack Hardware and more, all donated by local businesses.

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