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Party on hold: Time to celebrate 25th Mussel Ridge Hoops Tournament

Event includes second- through fourth-graders in three-day court games
By Staff | Mar 15, 2020

Tenants Harbor — It is time to celebrate a birthday, or anniversary, which ever way one looks at it, for the popular Mussel Ridge Hoops Tournament.

However, that party will have to wait a bit due to the continued global health concerns over COVID-19, or the coronavirus.

The St. George Parks & Recreation Department and its boosters were to harbor their 25th annual youth basketball tournament Friday through Sunday, March 20-22 at St. George School on Juniper Street.

But that event has been pushed back, said Ben Vail, parks and recreation director, as well as tourney director.

In a statement, Vail wrote, "In line with the state [Center for Disease Control] recommendation that there be no large indoor gatherings for 30 days to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Mussel Ridge has been postponed. We are working on confirming new dates next month to reschedule our tournament. When that has been confirmed we will make an announcement."

Featured for the 2020 double-elimination tournament, when it is played, will be fourth — and a few third- and second- — grade boys and girls from St. George, Thomaston, Cushing, Camden, Rockport, Hope Appleton, Lincolnville, Spruce Head, Rockland, Owls Head, South Thomaston, Waldoboro, Warren, Washington, Union and Friendship.

The games were to begin on Friday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m. as the St. George girls were to host Medomak and at 7 p.m. when the St. George boys were to entertain Medomak. The tourney was to continue on Saturday, March 21 with a 9 a.m. game that was to pit the Midcoast girls against Five Town. The final game of the opening round was to have the Cushing boys face Five Town.

Games were to sail on each hour and a half as the final game of Saturday began at 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s championship games, on March 22, were to start with the girls at noon and boys at 1:30 p.m.

As with any double-elimination tourney, there was the possibility of another girls championship game at 3 p.m. and/or another boys championship game at 3:30 or 4 p.m., on Sunday

The tourney offers at least a dozen basketball games, hot and cold foods (with many homemade specialties and goodies), tons of snacks and souvenir program complete with team rosters, local information, puzzles, games and other tidbits, said Vail.

"And most importantly, a gymnasium full of players having fun buoyed by positive and supportive fans," he said.

Admission is $4 for adults on Saturday. On Friday night and Sunday, the admission is $2 due to the reduced schedule.

Admission gets one in to all games on that date and with the first admission one gets a free commemorative program. There also will be special raffles and meal offerings courtesy of the boosters.

"So … plan to charter your way down the peninsula to catch some of our future local high school basketball stars in action," Vail said.

The continued success of the MRHT is due to the dedicated work of community volunteers said Vail. Those who wish to be a volunteer for the event should contact Vail using the below information.

For tournament brackets, directions to the school or other information, contact the St. George Parks & Recreation Department at 372-6363, extension 203, call 701-9754 or email: b.vail@stgeorgemaine.com.

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