Charity hoops tourney a Hart-felt success (headline)
The sweat has barely dried off the basketballs, and they’re already talking about doing it again.
The Hope For Hart 3-on-3 Charity Basketball Tournament, held Saturday at South Tahoe High School, was a rousing success and drew 38 teams from around the region. The event raised more than $16,000 for Chase and Tanner Hart, whose father, Mike, has a rare form of cancer.
“We’re just a day after this event and we’re already starting to talk about how to make it bigger and better for next time,” said John Marchini, one of the tournament’s organizers. “We’re just going to take our breath for a little while and then get back to work on that.”
The event featured play in five divisions – Men’s Open, Over-30, Under-18, Women’s and 6-Foot-And-Under – as champions divvied up nearly $6,000 in purse money.
“It’s something that we’re going to talk about for our next meeting,” said Steve Rude, owner of Rude Brothers Bagel & Coffee Haus. “We’d like to see it become an annual event where we can help someone who is in a similar situation.”
Basketball action began at 9 a.m. Saturday, and ended later in the afternoon. Teams played to 15 points in a half-court format, with the winner required to win by two baskets.
In the hotly contested Men’s Open field, Team Paal-Co came up through the losers’ bracket to defeat Snake in a 15-12 final matchup. Team Paal-Co, which lost to Snake earlier in the tourney, included Ruben Vidaurri, Jr., Manuel Morales and former STHS players Bobby Hoyopatubbi and Josh David.
Viking hoopsters Matt Kezich, Norman Cabanero and Andy Butcher joined forces to win the Under-18 title as Team Kezich, dropping Team Tahoe Coupons in a hard-fought 17-15 final.
In the Women’s bracket, Shehadi Motors (Terri Shehadi, Traci Fajman, Jodi Reich and Carol Bates) defeated Team Muller, 15-9, in the finals. In the 30-and-over championship, The Bookits (Keith Norberg, Rob Kay and Craig Cardella) emerged victorious with a 19-17 over the Beads, Etc. team. In 6-Foot-And-Under play, Team Falls (Cameron Falls, Dale Reger, Eric Asuilan) ended up on top, dropping the Outlaws, 15-12.
“It was very competitive. Clean play, good sportsmanship. Great field,” Marchini said. “And the good thing is that they all came knowing they were there to benefit a good cause.”
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