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Basketball tournament added to Old Home Week lineup

July 02, 2010|By DANA BROWN

Editor's note: Starting today and continuing the next three Fridays, The Herald-Mail will run a special column of news, features and upcoming events for Greencastle's Old Home Week, which runs July 31 through Aug. 7. Please forward any story ideas to reporter Dana Brown at dana.brown@herald-mail.com.

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- The lineup of events for Greencastle's Old Home Week keeps getting longer. A 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is the most recently added event.

The tournament will take place -- in conjunction with the Fun Fair -- on Aug. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the basketball courts at Jerome R. King Playground.

This is the first year for the tournament which is geared toward middle school and high school students.

"We wanted another activity for kids in that age group," tournament committee chairman Garon Gembe said.

Tournament brackets will be split into three divisions -- grades 7 and 8, 9 and 10, and 11 and 12 -- for both boys and girls, he said.

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Playing 3-on-3 basketball is played on only half the court by two teams of three players. Each team can have up to four on their roster to allow for substitutions, Gembe said. The rules are basically the same as they are for regular basketball with a few modifications.

With two courts available at the playground, Gembe said up to four games could be happening at one time.

Ben Thomas Jr., president of The 37th Triennial Old Home Week Association, said he hopes the tournament will help attract more young people to participate in the celebration and that it inspires them to continue the triennial tradition.

"Youth are the future of Old Home Week," Thomas said. "Getting them involved will instill a sense of community in young people so Old Home Week continues hopefully for centuries to come."

Gembe said he hopes area young people will "come out and compete and come out and have fun."

Registration for the tournament is free.

Other activities during Fun Fair include entertainment, games, "moon bounce," pony rides, dunking tank and free popcorn, ice cream and watermelon.

For more information about the 3-on-3 tournament and registration forms, contact Gembe at 717-597-3954.

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