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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 23, 2014

Youth tournament brought hundreds to Fairfield

Tourament used three gyms
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Jan 21, 2014
Courtesy of: Angela Bloomquist Fairfield seventh grade girls (in black shirts) play one of their tournament games Saturday.

Approximately 70 teams and hundreds of participants descended on Fairfield Saturday and Sunday to play basketball.

The Fairfield Youth Basketball Tournament gathered together boys and girls between the ages of 9-15 from Iowa, Missouri and Illinois. The girls played their games on Saturday and the boys competed Sunday. Every team got to play three games, and games stretched from 8 a.m. into the evening both days.

Fairfield High School, Fairfield Middle School and Pence Elementary School were each used for the games. The shear amount of people traveling into town meant more than 40 volunteers officials and countless others were needed to grease the wheels to make the tournament function smoothly. Julie Fritz organized the concession stands and Angela Bloomquist was in charge of gate money at all three locations. Without individuals like this, Fairfield varsity boys’ basketball coach Tyler Miklo said, the event would not have been possible.

“The tournament was an overwhelming success, and the best part is all of this money goes directly back to the youth basketball teams,” Miklo said.

Miklo, Fairfield middle school coach Tony Vandegriff and girls’ varsity basketball coach Mick Flattery were in charge of coordinating volunteer officials, scheduling tournament games and officiating more than 20 games over the weekend. Varsity basketball players acted as scorekeepers.

Approximately $17,500 was raised for Fairfield youth sports during this weekend alone. This money will be pumped into the gym facilities, new equipment and other Fairfield athletic expenses.

“The tournament as a whole is an enormous testament to what we can accomplish when we have this many people working on something,” youth basketball volunteer Dan Breen said. “The success is a reflection of how well the volunteers ran the tournament.”

School teams and traveling teams alike were invited. The competition faced at tournaments like these is often tougher than many teams are used to dealing with. Even with all of the competitive teams coming into town, the future players of Fairfield basketball held their own.

“The Fairfield teams were very competitive,” Breen said. “We were proud of that.”

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