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In Our Element: City Tournament this week; fundraiser and Unity Day planned

January 22, 2020

The 2020 Boys Basketball City Tournament will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week at Bank of Springfield (BOS) Center. The tournament seeds and schedule are as follows:

Seeds

  1. Lanphier High School

  2. Sacred Heart Griffin High School

  3. Springfield High School

  4. Southeast High School

Thursday, Jan. 23

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

Friday, Jan. 24

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

Saturday, Jan. 25

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

The Saturday game schedule is subject to change based on team records from the first two nights of play at the city tournament

Team Practice

Practice will take place at the BOS Center on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 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

Sacred Heart Griffin: 4:30 to 5:30 PM

Springfield: 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:

Tuesday, Jan. 21, and Wednesday, Jan. 22: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Thursday, Jan. 23 : 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Thursday tickets), 8:00 AM to 4 PM (Friday and Saturday tickets)
Friday, Jan. 24: 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM

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 13th 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 fifth 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 fifth annual Unity Day also takes place on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in the Mezzanine 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, they’ve also raised money to support a local bone marrow transplant recipient and will complete service hours at Hope Institute.They will also be participating in ice breakers and other activities at the event. Springfield Public Schools Foundation sponsors this event.