Sports Zone

CHS fans made presence felt

St. Mary’s center Milo Kashey was a strong presence in the middle.

COOS BAY – According to volunteers at the entrances of Marshfield HS, Creswell High School had one of the biggest crowds at the tournament.
Being one of only two teams that had red in their school colors, the Bulldogs fans were sure to stand out among the majority of the teams with blue as the primary color.
Marshfield Athletic Director Greg Mulkey said that this year they really wanted to focus on recognizing the 18 officials that earned the trip to Coos Bay. Making the officials feel appreciated and having their time and dedication was an important focus item at the tournament this year.
North Bend Athletic Director Mike Forrester said it was embarrassing when they had only 28 girls’ basketballs for the 3-point contest Wednesday night. He picked up two boxes from Marshfield HS earlier that day and grabbed two dozen girls’ balls instead of one dozen of each.
Senior Ruben Moreno and freshman Connor Hanson shot for Creswell in the 3-point shootout but it was Horizon Christian that took home first place.
Over 200 volunteers between the two high schools – boosters, parents and students – helped out.
Marshfield has hosted for the past nine years.
The only revenue for the schools is from the concessions. Schools partner together and start meetings for tournament preparations in October; next week they’ll will have a wrap-up meeting
Preparations included 15 different halftime entertainment events (i.e., egg in the spoon relay, tug-of-war), shined floors, placed new nets, cleaned backboards, etc
Each of the 16 teams in the tournament has a host business and family. The business streams that team’s games and acts as a ”homer” establishment for the team. The host family is in charge of a meal for the team assigned. They either take them out to eat or they cook them a meal in their home.
Forrester said that the tournament may not be a big money-maker for the schools but it’s a huge boost in the local economy.
There’s a volunteer that calls every business in town that has a reader board to make sure the entire community knows about the tournament.



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