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June 9, 2007

Shootout keeps growing

Top teams in Illinois, Indiana compete for tournament title

BISMARCK — When Bismarck-Henning Boys Basketball coach Mike Reynolds hosted the first ever Bismarck-Henning Shoot-Out he had a goal to expand the tournament.

Four years later he still has the same goal but if he were to stop now he would still have one of the premiere summer high school basketball tournaments.

With 32 teams from Illinois and Indiana participating in this year’s tourney, Reynolds has helped build a top-level tournament but he is not done yet.

“The tournament gets bigger and better every year and we look to continue the expansion and hopefully next year we will have 48 teams,” said Reynolds.

The two-day tournament, which is held in Bismarck-Henning High School, features some of the best talent in Indiana and Illinois with every team being from one of the two states.

The top teams playing this weekend include last year’s Indiana Class A state runner-up Barr-Reeve, as well as Indiana Class 4A state semifinalist Marion.

Marion alone features two top Division I prospects in Julius Mays and Jay Edwards.

For the coaches the tournament serves as an opportunity to see what their teams look like before school year begins.

Clifton Central coach Joe Smith said, “This is a great tournament and it runs very smoothly.”

He went on to say, “this is our first year but I look forward to coming back and I wouldn’t mind if we could take some of these refs home with as well.”

The great refereeing was only one of the positives talked about during the tournaments first day.

The hospitality room and some of the coaches’ gifts were mentioned but most important was the competition.

“This is a chance for teams to play against some of the best talent in the area and see teams that they normally wouldn’t play,” said one of the tournament organizers Brian Kucic.

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