Hamilton High School is hosting the Montana High School Association’s 2018 Southwestern “A” Boys and Girls District Basketball Tournaments Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 15-17.
HHS Athletic Director Travis Blome is organizing the tournament play and host school duties. He noted that having former A.D. Darrell Holland around is a lot of help, and Coach Bryce Carver and the administrators have lended a hand so they "don't have to reinvent the wheel.”
"Everything is in place,” he said. “The workers do most of the work anyway and a lot of people are very eager to help out. The amount of stuff we have to do before the tournament begins is reduced by how much we’ve put it on over the years.”
He called it a sense of district knowledge and community support.
“The workers that we have from the regular season want to help out during the tournaments,” Blome said. “I give the credit to the workers they are the ones that do most of the hard stuff.”
The buses for the Southwestern teams (Butte Central, Frenchtown, Dillon, Corvallis and Stevensville) will roll in on Thursday and basketball action begins at 3:30 p.m. on the Dale Berry Court.
Boys' games on Friday begin at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. (at both the high school and middle school), and 5 p.m. The boys'championship game is on Saturday at 8 p.m.
Girls' games begin on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. (at both the high school and middle school) and 3:30 p.m. The girls' championship game is on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Blome said the best part of being athletic director at Hamilton is the overview.
“I just like being around all the athletic programs and seeing the different ones,” he said. “When you’re coaching, you’re just focused on your sport. But being the A.D., I get to watch all the other ones. I see all the different talents all the different kids have in the school. It is a lot of fun.”