Hurricanes 3-on-3 tournament attracts teams from across region and beyond

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The Huntsville Hurricanes held their 3-on-3 tournament for junior and intermediate elementary school students at Huntsville High School on Saturday, December 2.

Normally, the event attracts only local students. This year the tournament also had teams come to play from much farther away — North Bay, Bracebridge and four teams traveled 2.5 hours from Christian Island — which is amazing said Huntsville Hurricanes President and event coordinator Samantha Garrod.

The 3-on-3 event had about 70 elementary participants which is a huge increase from last year’s tournament.

Garrod assures that this 3-on-3 tournament will continue be an annual event. “It is a great opportunity for the kids to participate in a fun day of basketball. We are very excited about the future of this event, we are looking to grow it year over year.”

The tournament was organized into two age groups, with two divisions in each: grade 5/6 boys and girls, and grade 7/8 boys and girls.

The winning teams in each age group and division were (photos by Samantha Garrod):

The 3-on-3 grade 7/8 girls winners (from left) Piper Long, McKenna Allen, Lauren Oliver, and Jenna Gill

The 3-on-3 grade 7/8 girls winners (from left) Piper Long, McKenna Allen, Lauryn Oliver, and Jenna Gill

The 3-on-3 grade 7/8 boys winners (from left) Eli McDougall, Cal Truax, and Sam Farnsworth

These grade 5/6 Huntsville girls won their 3-on-3 division

Grade 5/6 Huntsville girls (from left) Gracie Johnson, Justine  McNaughton, Olivia Joiner, and Millie Langlais won their 3-on-3 division

The 3-on-3 grade 5/6 boys winners hailed from North Bay

The 3-on-3 grade 5/6 boys winners hailed from North Bay

The winner of the Huntsville Hurricanes free throw competition was Nolan Turner. “It was so close,” said Natasha Aben. “Exceptional free throw skills from all.”

3-on-3 free throw winner Nolan Turner

3-on-3 free throw winner Nolan Turner

It takes many hands to make this fun opportunity available to these elementary students. None of it would have been possible without these amazing volunteers: Mark Van Kooy, Taylor McAlpine, Deb McAlpine, Sheila Roberson, Stacey Long, Kristina Truax, and Scott Barker. Thank you from the Huntsville Hurricanes.

The future plan is to run an adult 3-on-3 tournament in the spring of 2018. This tournament will be open to both men and women. “We are very excited for this event as well,” said Garrod.

For more information check out the Huntsville Hurricanes website at huntsvillehurricanes.ca.

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