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33rd Optimist Tournament this weekend

Tribune Staff Report

The South Tahoe Optimist Club will present the 33rd annual Winter Classic 8th Grade Basketball Tournament this weekend at the South Tahoe Middle School.

As always, the tournament features some of the area’s top teams. This year’s field includes: Avery Hawks, Camerado Springs Wildcats, Carson City Solons, Cunha Cubs, Eagle Valley Eagles, Jackson Jaguars, marina Village Mustangs, Markham Panthers, Mark Twain Badgers, St. Anne’s Panthers, St, Vincent dePaul Panthers, Sonora Bobcats, Soulsbyville Falcons, South Tahoe Timberwolves, Stockton Blazers and Toyon Warriors.

Each year the tournament director’s select an honoree based on his or her contributions to the community’s children and youth programs. This year’s selection is Bob Davies, who the group surprised with the announcement at their weekly luncheon Wednesday.

Davies began his volunteer career at his daughter Stacy’s elementary school. He has helped for six years with Santa’s Magic Ride and the Buddy Werner Youth Ski League. Bob, an Optimist since 1991, can always be recognized working at pancake breakfasts, car raffles, Christmas tree lots and Optimist events sporting one of his exotic hats. Bob has owned and operated Fantasy Kingdom Miniature Golf with his wife, Vivian, for the past 25 years.

South Tahoe opens play on Friday vs. Markham at 3 p.m. in the school’s old gymnasium. Contests will run through Sunday in both gyms, with the championship game scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Sunday in the new gym.

The tournament, always held on Martin Luther King’s holiday weekend, is hosted by the Optimists, the South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation Department and the Lake Tahoe Unified School District. All proceeds go to the middle school’s activities fund, which supports various projects and extracurricular activities.

Admission is free for students and $2 per day for adults. The snack bar will be open in the new gym throughout the weekend and there will be a raffle to win a 1934 Ford Roadster Street Rod.

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