March 15, 2013
Eighth annual Cortland Shootout hoops tourney this weekend
The Cortland Regional Sports Council (CRSC) is assisting the Central Western AAU in hosting the 2013 Cortland Shootout for the eighth year. This AAU-sanctioned basketball tournament will take place Saturday and Sunday, with 135 teams confirmed for participation.
In the inaugural year of the Cortland Shootout, 36 teams participated. The event has hosted teams from Canada and the Bahamas as well as other states bordering New York.
“Part of what defines an event’s success is its return, CRSC eexcutuve director Machell Phelps said. “In this case, not only is the tournament returning, but so are many of the teams each year. To go from 36 teams in 2005 to 135 teams in 2013 is remarkable. I think it speaks to the kind of event that Central Western puts on.”
The games will be contested at several Cortland area locations, including Park Center and Lusk Fieldhouse on SUNY Cortland’s campus, the Cortland Junior-Senior High School, the County Office Building Gym and Tompkins Cortland Community College, with an entry fee charged to adults.
Age groups from fourth through 11th grades will be playing. Several referees from Central New York will be working the games, with local assignor help from Jerry Hartnett.
“Beyond the competition and fun for the participating teams, there is also an economic benefit for the Cortland community,” Phelps said. “With this many teams in town for two days, area hotels, restaurants, gas stations and stores are bound to benefit.”
Help from area agencies like TLC, the Cortland City Youth Bureau, TC3, Cortland City Schools and SUNY Cortland make the event possible.
Teams from Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, Utica, Binghamton, Ohio and Pennsylvania are due to arrive between this evening and Saturday morning. Two local teams from the Cortland Basketball Club and four teams from the YMCA Ballers will be participating.
A full tournament schedule can be found at www.centralwestern.org. Those wishing to follow a team’s progress in the tournament can do so at www.scorbot.com under current events.
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