Tiger Hoop Classic on tap this week
For Rockdale Coach Dusty Loewe, as sense of tradition and a new facility drove him to push for the 2009 Tiger Classic basketball tournament.
"I remembered the tradition of the previous tournaments held at RHS and how it was a big deal back then," said. Loewe, who had previously coached at Rockdale from 1982-84. "We had a basketball tournament queen and her court during the championship game.
"But, having a facility to host a tournament had become a problem in attracting teams. A lot of area schools (Cameron, Franklin, Robinson, Elgin, Smithville, Hearne, Madisonville, Navasota) had built big modern gymnasiums so it was hard to attract schools to a tournament where the gym was built before television was invented and didn't even have a concession area."
Rogers captured the girls division by nipping LaGrange 42-41.
Legendar y Rockdale coach Ernie Laurence began putting on a girls tournament in 1955 with the Tigerettes taking the very first one 48-28 over Burton with Babs Tyler leading the way with 22 points.
Loewe and the Tigers w ill proudly welcome seven teams to their spankin' new gym beginning Thursday, including Thrall, Somerville, Robinson, Liberty, Leander Vandergrift, Marble Falls Academy and Texas Christian Academy.
The first game will tip off at noon Thursday and Rockdale will tangle with Thrall later that night at 6 p.m.
The championship game will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday 12 p.m.—Liberty vs. Somerville 3 p.m.—Marble Falls Academy vs. Robinson 4:30—Texas Christian Academy vs. Leander Vandergrift 6 p.m.—Rockdale vs. Thrall
Friday 2 p.m.—Losers of games 1&2 3:30 p.m.—Losers of games 3&4 5 p.m.—Winners of games 3&4 6:30 p.m.—Winners of game 1&2
Saturday 9 a.m.—Losers of games 5&6 10:30 a.m.—Winners of games 5&6 Noon—Losers of games 7&8 1:30 p.m.—Championship