2019 Trinidad State News

Oldest high school basketball tournament returns to Trinidad State

Trinida Campus / November 25, 2019 / by Greg Boyce

Trinidad State imageThe longest running high school basketball tournament in Colorado returns to venerable Scott Gym at Trinidad State Junior College December 4, 5, 6 and 7. Twenty four games will be played over those four days. “Trinidad State is the first community college in Colorado, so it is fitting that we support southern Colorado traditions, “said Trinidad State President Dr. Rhonda Epper. “This tournament is one of those traditions that we hope to continue for a very long time.”

This will be the 84th time high school boys’ teams have gathered at Trinidad State. Girls’ teams were invited beginning in 2012. “We’re looking forward to a jam-packed weekend with an amazing 24 boys’ and girls’ basketball games on one court,” said Athletic Director Mike Salbato. High schools from Raton, Maxwell and Springer, New Mexico to Primero Walsenburg and La Junta will be represented, making this a truly southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico tournament.

For the first time the tournament will be played over four days. Games will start Wednesday afternoon on December 4 and run until about 10:30 on Saturday night, December 7 when trophies will be awarded.

Twelve all-tournament players (six young men and six young women) will be selected by a committee made up of Trinidad State coaches and players. One coach will also be honored. Awards will also be given to team champions, runners-up, third place and consolation finishes for each division. One team will also be selected for the John M. O’Conner Sportsmanship award.

Tickets are $5 (children under six get in free). One ticket covers the entire day, or up to eight games. Tickets will be sold at the door.

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