Bartow hosting 10U recreation basketball tourneys
by David Royal
Feb 20, 2014 | 1638 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three Bartow County basketball teams will be competing in the Georgia Recreation and Park Association District 5 10-and-under girls and boys tournament, which kicks off Saturday locally.

Brenton Baggett, recreation department assistant director, said girls games will be held at the former STARS Pre-K gymnasium, 1653 Cassville Road, and boys contests will be played at the Houston Suggs gym, 35 Beavers Drive. The games begin at 10 a.m. at both facilities with the last girls game beginning at 2:30 p.m. and the final boys game at 4 p.m.

“Saturday will be like pool play in which all teams compete,” Baggett said. “Based on the results, the teams will be seeded and begin bracket play on Monday.”

A schedule of the games is posted at bartowcountyparksandrec.org, he said.

Bartow will field two boys teams and one girls team in the tournament.

Baggett said the 10U program at the recreation department is very active.

“We have about 600 kids involved in recreation department programs and about 200 of them are in the 10U program — 120 boys and about 80 girls,” he said.

After kicking off Saturday, the tournament will be played Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and the following Saturday.

District champs will advance to state.

Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for kids with a full line of refreshments available at the games.

Baggett said Saturday’s kickoff should draw about 400 to 500 people throughout the day from all over northwest Georgia and as far away as Whitfield County.

The recreation official said the department also hopes Bartow residents attend in support of local youngsters.

He said those attending will be treated to some lively basketball play while getting a look at Bartow County’s basketball stars of tomorrow.

Scheduled games involving local teams include:

— Dalton girls will play Bartow County at 10 a.m. Saturday at the STARS Pre-K gym with the winner playing Whitfield County at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Stars Pre K gym.

— Cartersville girls will play Whitfield County at 1 p.m. Saturday at the STARS Pre-K gym.

— Marietta boys will play Bartow County at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Houston Suggs gym with the winner playing Rome-Floyd County at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Houston Suggs gym.

— Bartow County boys will play Whitfield County at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Houston Suggs gym.

— Cartersville boys will play Rome-Floyd County at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Houston Suggs gym.