...for all the help
When sixty-eight basketball games are played over the course of three days of tournament, the combined efforts of an excellent team is needed to make things work smoothly. I'd like to thank all those who assisted with this year's Fastbreak/Rebounders Middle School Basketball Tournament December 7-9 which included teams from Floyd Dryden Middle School, Juneau Christian School, Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, Angoon, Hoonah, Skagway, Haines, Ketchikan, Sitka, Craig, and Yakutat.
Thank you to the Fastbreak and Rebounders Clubs who provided the framework and the money to make the tournament possible, with special thanks to Steve Brandner for providing the awards. A special note of thanks goes to Melanie Monagle and Gail Fenumiai who coordinated the work of the awards committee. Bob Rehfeld, Monica Brandner, and Melanie all assisted with award presentations during the championship night.
Housing coordinators Brenda Frye at Floyd Dryden and Barbara Rhea at Dzantik'i Heeni did the difficult detail of work housing the visiting teams, along with Kevin Worley, Steve Schmitz, and Jeff Hart of the Juneau Christian School. A special thanks to all parents who so generously brought in food for the Hospitality Rooms at both FD and DZ, and who housed our visiting teams. Housing players is not always convenient for folks, but without their willingness to do so tournaments such as this would not be possible.
Darryl Miller of Commercial Signs & Printing deserves great thanks for his donation of the fantastic tournament program and quality production of the tournament sweatshirts. Thanks to the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Alaska for providing our tournament banner.
Running games in three gyms was made possible by Jackie Kookesh and Tom Milliron at Floyd Dryden, Barb Mecum, Les Morse, Alberta Jones, and Duane Bonk at Dzantik'i Heeni, and Jeff Hart and Mike Croan at Glacier Valley.
Leslie Isaacs of the Juneau Official's Association deserves a very special thank you as do all the referees who officiated at the tournament. This is a dedicated group of individuals who went far beyond the call of duty to make sure that all sixty-eight of the games were covered. Also, many of our visiting coaches donned the stripes to fill in where needed. Without these folks, the tournament would have been impossible. Scorekeepers and timekeepers too numerous to mention also deserve a hearty thanks.
Office staffs at both DZ and FD deserve thanks for the hours of work they put into getting every detail ready for this tournament. Their attention to detail and follow through is what made coaches and players alike comment on the positive atmosphere and competitiveness of this well run tournament. Thank you to all.
Dave Ringle, Director
Middle School Basketball Tournament