Bear River rec. hosts 2nd annual basketball tourney |

Bear River rec. hosts 2nd annual basketball tourney

High School basketball teams are tipping-off postseason action tonight and college basketball will be doing the same next month.

Area youth boys and girls teams also have an opportunity to compete in a March Madness tournament of their own, as teams will hit the hardwood in two south county gymnasiums on March 13th and 14th.

Bear River Recreation and Parks District are holding its second annual recreation basketball tournament, so if you coach or play on a boys or girls fourth grade through eighth grade team and would like to find out how your team stands up against other area hoopsters, this is your chance.

“It is a great opportunity for recreation players to compete in a fun and competitive environment,” tournament organizer Dave Pistone said. “Think of it as a north (Grass Valley) versus the south (Bear River).”

Tournament organizers have considered that March is a busy month for many families. With basketball not quite over for Grass Valley’s Recreation League as well as baseball and softball has started, Pistone will schedule tournament games around other activities. Entree deadline is March 1 and the entrence fee is $100 per team.

Each competing team will have the opportunity to play at least three games. Each game will consist of two, 20 minute halves with a running clock.

Last year’s tournament had 13 teams and they came from the Grass Valley Rec. League, Colfax playing out of Auburn Recreation District and Bear River all competed for a team trophy. This year organizers are awarding individual metals to each player of the winning teams in each level.

“We’re doing a better job of getting the word out, so hopefully we can increase the number of teams significantly,” Pistone said. “We hope to grow this into a weekend tournament with 30 to 40 teams that could be competing at Lyman-Gilmore School, Auburn Recreation Department and the two gyms at Magnolia, we want a lot more involvement.”

If you are interested in the youth March Madness, log on to Bear River Recreation and Parks web site at and sign up online or send an e-mail to The deadline is March 1st.

Scott P. Hopper is a sports writer for The Union. Contact him via e-mail at or by phone at 477-4231.

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