July 24, 2016

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Basketball tourney keeps growing

MEDINA — The Hoop-N-Que has come a long way in a little under a decade.

What once was an event that housed a single tournament played on a court with roll away basketball hoops, the Hoop-N-Que is a big happening in Medina County these days.

The ninth annual tournament will take place Aug. 2 and 3 at Ray Mellert Park in Medina and once again will be highlighted by the 4-on-4 adult tournament.

“It has grown a lot from when it first started,” event coordinator and 1995 Medina graduate Adrian Stockman said. “When it first started, all we did was the men’s cash tournament. We wanted to bring the kids in. Ever since, it’s grown every year.”

The adult division draws former high school standouts as well as college and professional players from all corners of the world. They play for a winner-take-all cash prize that is expected to be as much as $1,500 according to Stockman.

Games are decided when a team gets to 25 points or whichever squad is leading after a 30-minute running clock expires. The entree fee is $250 per team and rosters can’t exceed eight players.

Last year, eight teams competed, but this year Stockman is expecting as many as 12 to participate.

“This is one of the best outdoor tournaments, I believe in the state,” he said. “We get all types of talent. Division I, Division II, street ball legend players from Cleveland, Akron and Lorain. We get people who played and currently play overseas. It’s the best of the best competition. There’s also those who come out to just support the cause.”

Along with the money tournament, the Hoop-N-Que will feature a women’s 3-on-3 18-and-over tournament as well as 3-on-3 tournaments for juniors and the third edition of the 38-and-over bracket.

Boys and girls will play in divisions by grade (3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12) with each team guaranteed three games in a pool play format with all winning teams receiving T-shirts.

The team entry fee is $100, however, the cost is $85 if squads register by July 28.

In addition to the Hoop-n-Que, there will be a bowling party on Aug. 1 at AMF Medina Lanes. Children under the age of 18 can bowl for free from 6-9 p.m. with a silent action and gift baskets available to raise money for charity.

Those not playing in the basketball tournament are welcome to enjoy food, music and games.

“It’s great,” Stockman said. “This day we bring both sides of town together. It’s for Northeast Ohio as well. We want them to come have fun, eat some food, listen to good music and just enjoy themselves. Plus, it goes for a good cause. “

Entry forms and all other information can be found at sbcbasketballclub.com. Anyone interested in sponsoring can contact Stockman at (614) 584-9106 or bballstock14@live.com.

All vendor fees go into the Mantrell Price Foundation.

In association with Hoop-N-Que, the Mantrell Price Scholarship will be awarded to help offset pay-to-participate fees for Medina High athletes. Price, who passed away in 2010, co-founded the event with Ramon Burnham and was a 1993 graduate of Medina where he played football and ran track.

Each year, the foundation issues two scholarships to male or female athletes who participate in track and field, football or basketball and maintain a 2.5 grade-point average. Winners are selected based on an essay contest on the topic, “Why sports are important to me.”

Registration forms for the scholarship only will be available at Hoop-N-Que.

Contact Brad Bournival at sports@medina-gazette.com.