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We'd like to take a moment to welcome all the players, sponsors, friends and family coming to Juneau for next week's Gold Medal Tournament.
For 54 years basketball teams from throughout Southeast Alaska have come to Juneau in a spirit of friendly neighborhood competition to determine the best of the best. It's a great opportunity to play and see some of the most exciting basketball in the country, while at the same time catch up with old friends.
What started back in 1947 with 11 teams has now grown into an annual rite of spring with 25 teams, including six in the new women's bracket that began last year.
This year the Juneau Empire's photography and sports departments put together a fantastic special 40-page tabloid section filled with great photos from years past, tournament brackets, stories from past games and all kinds of other great information. You'll find it inserted in this Sunday's Empire.
So come out and cheer on your favorite team, whether it be the Showcase A bracket, the Mighty B bracket, the Legendary C bracket or the Millennial Women's bracket. And make sure to thank the Juneau Lions Club, which has sponsored this tournament throughout the years. It's a lot of hard work and they deserve a big pat on the back.