The gyms in Crescent City, Fort Dick and Smith River were filled with eighth grade girls basketball teams from all over Northern California on Friday and they will be back out in force again today at the 46th annual Crescent City Jaycees Girls Basketball Tournament.
A total of 40 teams are included in the field for the annual season finale for eighth grade middle school girls basketball teams in California. The tournament is split up into five brackets with eight teams in each bracket.
The teams with the most successful seasons to date have been grouped together in the AAA Division, followed by the AA Division, the A Division, the B Division, and the C Division.
This year Del Norte County is once again being well represented at the Crescent City Jaycees Tournament, with five local schools providing a total of seven of the teams competing. Another team — Azalea — is coming just over the Oregon border from Brookings.
Redwood Elementary School’s Red team is competing in the tournament’s toughest bracket, the AAA Division, along with Azalea. Redwood will play at least its first game of the day at Thunen Gymnasium at Del Norte High School.
Crescent Elk’s A team is in the AA bracket this season. They will be playing their first game today in the small gym at Del Norte High School.
Smith River was placed in the B Division, which is being played mostly at Smith River Elementary School where the Wildcats will start their day today.
The C Division will feature a lot of local teams, including Crescent Elk B, Uncharted Shores Academy, Redwood White, and Gasquet Mountain School. All four teams will start the day today playing at Redwood Elementary School.
Games are also being played as Foursquare Church Gym, which is hosting the A Division this year.