81st Invitational Tournament starts Dec 1

TSJC’s 81st Invitational Basketball Tournament returns to Trinidad on Dec 1.  

The longest running high school basketball tournament in Colorado returns to venerable Scott Gym at Trinidad State Junior College on December 1, 2 and 3.

“As the first community college in Colorado, we believe traditions are important,” said Trinidad State President Dr. Carmen Simone. “This tournament is one of those traditions that we hope to continue for a very long time.”

 This will be the 81st 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. In keeping with the original intent of the tournament, there will be no Princess or Cheerleader competitions this year.

 High schools from Raton and Springer, New Mexico to Custer County and from Primero to La Junta will be represented, making this a truly southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico tournament.

 Games will start at 9 a.m. on December 1 and run until about 3 p.m.  Scott Gym will then be closed until 4:30 p.m. when the fifth game of the day begins. The last game of the day usually concludes about 10:30 p.m. That schedule is repeated until late Saturday night, 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.

Ticket prices are $4 for children and adults (under six free) and $5 for adults. One ticket covers the entire day, or up to eight games. Tickets will be sold at the door.

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