(TRINIDAD, Colo.) – Every year the Trinidad State Junior College Invitational basketball tournament serves as the start of the basketball season for many of the area teams and in many ways, as a kickoff event to the local holiday season. This year the basketball games will tip off on the final day of November when the Primero Bulldog girls face off with the Tigers from Raton at 9 a.m. in Scott Gym. More than twenty games will follow, climaxing in the award ceremony late Saturday evening.
This year's tournament is similar to the 81st, with all of the same teams returning for another go. Represented again this year will be Primero, Raton, Custer County, John Mall, Springer, Manitou Springs, La Junta, Hoehne and Trinidad. You can find the bracket online at http://trinidadstate.edu/bracket.pdf.
Also returning to the tournament this year, but with a bit of a twist, will be the Cheerleading Competition. Teams from Hoehne, Raton, Primero and Trinidad will compete on Wednesday, November 29, following the college basketball game. The TSJC women host Northern New Mexico at 5 p.m. As soon as that game concludes the cheer teams will each have a chance to show their spirit as they perform cheers and dances.
"We are thrilled to have the cheer competition opening our tournament this year," commented Trinidad State Athletic Director Mike Salbato. "The energy they bring should get the tournament off to a great start. Plus, it gives area fans a chance to see the Lady Trojan game prior to the competition."
Eight basketball games a day makes for almost non-stop basketball action. The winning teams on Thursday will advance to the later games on Friday, until trophies are handed out for consolation, third place, runner up and champion. Two All-Tournament teams are also selected by the Trinidad State coaching staff.
"The tournament originally was an end of the year event for area teams, but when more teams went to a playoff format it was moved to the beginning of the season, and over the past few years we have had the honor of tipping off the season for many of the area teams. The competition was great last year, and looks to be even more level this year. We could see some great games."
Ticket prices remain the same as last year as well, with adults paying $5, students $4 and children under six getting in free. As always, Trojan booster club members get in for free.
Come join the excitement at Trinidad State as we tip off the 2017-18 high school basketball season in style with four-days of the 82nd annual TSJC Invitational.