For the past 52 years, Crescent City comes alive every March for its version of March Madness. What began as an eight-team, single-division, the eighth-grade boys basketball tournament has grown into an event that brings not only excitement, competition and sportsmanship to the coastal town but helps to bolster the local economy in the heart of winter. This year the Crescent City Jaycees 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament has grown larger than ever before.
On March 6-7, 64 teams will vie for the championship spot in eight divisions all while displaying the highest level of sportsmanship to take home the most coveted trophy — the Arman Gunnerson Memorial Sportsmanship Award. These teams will play in schools and gymnasiums around the community moving from gym to gym as the tournament progresses.
There are 19 cheer teams and 12 mascots that will be participating in their very own cheer competition as well as 14 Princess ambassadors. They will be interviewed and one will end up wearing the crown of tournament queen.
After the tournament is over, 896 of the players, along with many of the cheerleaders, mascots and princesses, will be eligible to apply for a scholarship worth up to $500 each when they graduate from high school and are heading off to college.
For updates, go to the Crescent City Jaycees Facebook page.