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Our City, Our Tradition: City Tournament next week; fundraiser and Unity Day planned

January 10, 2019

The 2019 Boys Basketball City Tournament will take place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week at Bank of Springfield (BOS) Center. The schedule is a change from previous years. The tournament seeds and schedule are as follows:

Seeds

  1. Southeast High School

  2. Sacred Heart Griffin High School

  3. Springfield High School

  4. Lanphier High School

Wednesday, Jan. 16
6 PM:  Sacred Heart Griffin (A) vs. Springfield (H) (SHG Band)
8 PM: Southeast (A) vs. Lanphier (H) (SHG Band, LHS Poms)

Thursday, Jan. 17
6 PM: Sacred Heart Griffin (A) vs. Lanphier (H) (LHS Band, SHG Poms)
8 PM: Southeast (H) vs. Springfield (A) (LHS Band, LHS Drumline)

Friday, Jan. 18
6 PM: Springfield (A) vs. Lanphier (H) (SSHS Band, SHS Poms)
8 PM: Southeast (A) vs. Sacred Heart Griffin (H) (SSHS Band, SSHS Poms, SSHS Drumline)

Team Practice
Practice will take place at the BOS Center on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 3:30 until 7:30 PM. Media interviews can be conducted before or after each school’s session as follows:

Lanphier: 3:30 to 4:30 PM
Springfield: 4:30 to 5:30 PM
Sacred Heart Griffin: 5:30 to 6:30 PM
Southeast: 6:30 to 7:30 PM

Tickets and Parking
Presale tickets may be purchased for $5 per night at any participating high school's main office according to the following schedule:

Monday, Jan. 14, and Tuesday, Jan. 15: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday, Jan. 16, through Friday, Jan. 18 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM

No tickets will be sold at the schools after 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

All tickets are $6.00 when purchased at the BOS Center, and are available the night of each game beginning at 5:00 PM. One ticket admits the holder to both games each evening. All tickets are general admission. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m. Wanding procedures will be in effect prior to entry each night.

Parking will be available on the street and in the parking garage ($5 per night).

Community Building

Once again this year, all schools are coming together for the benefit of the Springfield community.

The 12th annual Spirit of Giving fundraising effort will be ongoing at City Tournament.  Lanphier, Southeast and Springfield High Schools, along with Sacred Heart-Griffin, are all working together to top last year’s total with a goal of $18,000 of cash and food donations, which would provide meals for 450 local families for two months. Additionally, all District 186 schools have been invited to participate in the fundraiser for the fourth year. Community members are encouraged to donate money and non-perishable food items and can bring their contributions to the BOS Center during the tournament.

The fourth annual Unity Day also takes place on Friday, Jan. 18, from 3:45 to 5:15 PM in the lower level of BOS Center. Superintendent’s Student Roundtable members from Lanphier, Southeast and Springfield organized the event and have invited all other high schools in the city to participate. The event was initially established for all city high schools to come together and learn about each other, and a service component has been added. This year, their service projects will benefit Kidzeum and Inner City Mission. They will also be participating in ice breakers and other activities. Springfield Public Schools Foundation sponsors this event.