School spirit is running high this weekend, as middle schools across Del Norte County held pep rallies on Friday prior to the start of the 51st annual Crescent City Jaycees Eighth Grade Boys Basketball Tournament on Friday.

A total of 54 teams from all over the Northern California and a handful of teams from out-of-state are kicked off the annual season finale tournament with their first games on Friday and will wrap up with two more games today.

Games are being played in gymnasiums all over the county with games scheduled all day from 9 a.m. until 8:45 p.m. at both the gyms at Del Norte High School and both gyms at Crescent Elk Middle School, in addition to the Foursquare Church Gym, Redwood School Gym, Smith River School Gym, and Smith River Baptist Church Gym.

The Crescent City Jaycees Tournament features seven different bracket with eight teams apiece. Each team is placed in a bracket based off of the teams performance throughout the season with the goal of placing into brackets against similarly-skilled opponents.

This year six teams from Del Norte County are included in the field and Redwood Red is competing in the tournaments toughest bracket — AAA. Crescent Elk A is playing in the A-1 Division along with Azalea Middle School from Brookings.

Smith River, Crescent Elk B, and Redwood White are all be competing in the B-2 Division while Uncharted Shores Academy will be playing in the C Division.

Final results from the first round of play were not available when the Triplicate went to press on Friday, but updated brackets can be found online at www.ccjaycees.org.

Although the Crescent City Jaycees Tournament is centered around its basketball competition, the tournament includes lots of various competitions throughout the two days with the goal of including each school entire student body.

There will also be a brunch and judging for the Jaycees Tournament Princesses at Lighthouse Inn at 10 a.m. and the Tournament Queen will be crowned at 3:30 p.m. in Thunen Gym.

A cheerleading competition will be held in Thunen Gym at the high school at 2 p.m. with cheer squads competing in four different divisions. Redwood Red will be competing in the top division — AAA&AA, Crescent Elk will be in the A-1 Division, and Smith River will be in the A-2 Division.

A Most Outstanding Mascot competition will follow the end of the cheerleading competition. A players Hoop Shoot Contest will take place in the small gym during the cheerleading and mascot competitions. There is also a poster competition.

The overall top award of the Crescent City Jaycees Eighth Grade Boys Basketball Tournament is the Arman Gunnerson Sportsmanship Award, which goes to the overall top school across all the various competitions.

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