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Pat Ward Tournament prepares for next weekend

— Alumni from area towns will play to help raise funds for an Elizabethtown-Lewis scholarship fund created in honor of the former student-athlete.

The 24th annual Part Ward Memorial Basketball Tournament will take place Saturday, March 22, with games featuring seven men’s and two women’s teams starting at 11:15 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.”

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

The day opens with Elizabethtown-Lewis 2 against Moriah 1 at 11:15 a.m., followed by Moriah 2 and Westport at 12:30 p.m.: Elizabethtown-Lewis 2 and Schroon Lake at 1:45 p.m.; game one winner against Willsboro at 2:45 p.m.; game three and game four winners at 4 p.m.; the women’s game between Westport and Elizabethtown-Lewis at 5 p.m. and the men’s championship game at 6:10 p.m.

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.”

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

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

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