Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Senior Leaders Face off Area Boys, Girls Get Last Chance to Display Skills

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Senior Leaders Face off Area Boys, Girls Get Last Chance to Display Skills

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Byline: Bryan Mullen, Times-Union sports writer

The high school boys basketball season is over. The seniors have played their last games and the underclassmen have watched and learned all season how to display leadership and act like seniors.

For the next two days, however, those underclassmen will be able to take a few more final notes.

The fifth annual All-Star Basketball Tournament will be held today and tomorrow at Ribault High School and will feature the top senior boys and girls on the First Coast.

"Basketball is a part of the Jacksonville community," said Paul Whittingham, the event's organizer. "As long as we can continue to put on a quality tournament, people will continue to come and the tournament will continue to grow."

Tonight at 6:30, the North boys team, which features players from Raines, Ribault, Stanton, First Coast and University Christian, faces the West team (Paxon, White, Orange Park, Forrest and Mandarin). At 8 p.m., the East team (Jackson, Bishop Kenny, Bolles, Lee and Episcopal) plays the South team (Fletcher, Sandalwood, Wolfson, Englewood and Parker). The winners play tomorrow at 7 p.m. for the championship.

A slew of events are slated for tomorrow afternoon as well. The girls 3-point shootout at 1 p.m. will be followed by the boys slam dunk contest at 2 p.m. The boys consolation game will tip-off at 3 p.m., and the girls championship game will be played at 5 p.m.

"This is the only tournament of its kind in the state," Whittingham said. "Other areas have all-star games, but I haven't heard of any area having an all-star tournament, and my research has taken me as far north as Maine and as far west at Texas. This is truly unique."

Whittingham said the event has grown each year, and that this year he had to order more uniforms for the girls teams because of the expanded rosters. …

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