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Register free for tourney

Deadline set for basketball entries

If you want to play in the inaugural Omak Battleground hoop you can register, for free, until Friday.

The tournament, which had 33 teams as of Monday, got enough business sponsors to allow all teams to enter free, said Corina Radford of the Omak Chamber of Commerce.

There are openings in grade 6, 7 and 8 along with high school for boys and girls. There are also openings in men’s and coed open.

Registration can be done online at Omak Battleground on Facebook, under events at www.omakchamber.com, at Havillah Road Printing, 208 S. Main St., or Eagle Home Mortgage, 715 Okoma Drive.

You can also register in front of city hall, 2 N. Ash St., 1-5 p.m. Friday.

“We are expecting 40-50 teams for the tournament,” said Braden Draggoo, who with Jeremiah Riggle are organizing the tournament. “We expect more registrations this week. You don’t see too many 3-on-3 tournaments that offer free registration.”

The event kicks off at 7 p.m. with a 5-on-5 alumni game between Omak and Okanogan. “We are already getting interest from other schools wanting to play alumni games,” Radford said.

Teams, even those registering late, must check in 7-8 a.m. Saturday at City Hall so organizers know the teams are present.

Competition was to start around 9 a.m. with 10 courts, including two with special sport court surfaces.

“We are taking teams first come, first served,” Radford said. “Get your registration in. After the 12 teams in a bracket are filled the other teams will be on standby.

“Sponsors wanted to get the tournament established, so they are covering entries and it’s completely free to register,” she said. “We will take donations at check-in.”

The tournament is in conjunction with Art in the Park, which saw vendors signing up go from 30 to 80 booths. Vendors will be in the park and Ash Street, Radford said.

“We should have a very good first tournament,” Draggoo said. “It’s fun to bring basketball to the streets of Omak.”

Draggoo expects the tournament to expand to 100 teams within five years and eventually to a two-day tournament.

Teams can practice all day Friday on the courts, which will be on Central Avenue.

Tournament T-shirts will be given out in order of registration forms received.

A pancake breakfast will run 7-10 a.m. Saturday next to city hall in a cooperative effort between the chamber and Art in the Park.

“We are doing a little kickoff with a historical aspect,” Radford said. “We want to add an old-time aspect.”

Parts of Central Avenue and Ash Street will be closed Friday and Saturday for the events.

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