Well-run basketball tournaments don’t just happen.
From games running on time, to having a well stocked hospitality suite to host coaches and officials, doesn’t just happen.
They happen for a reason and that is due to the administration and coaches that put on the 52nd annual Heart of Oklahoma cage tournament his past weekend.
The first HOOT was played in historic Boney Matthews Fieldhouse in 1970.
The tournament, for unknown reasons, took a hiatus in 1975-76 and 1976-77 before turning from an all male tournament to male and female.
The only high school basketball tournament older than the Heart is the Bishop McGuinness tournament so maybe the years of experience help make the event.
But there is no maybe to the planning and execution of putting on a first-rate tournament.
It’s one that teams from far and wide want to participate in.
Congratulations to Purcell’s staff and volunteers who put on another top-shelf event.
When we had the deep freeze cold snap with the onslaught of Siberian Air at least we could say “well there is no snow and ice.”
Mother Nature made up for it on Monday when Oklahomans woke up to a nasty, slippery mess on the roads.
As you all know, it was so slick it was dangerous just to walk to your car, much less get in and drive away.
Unofficially, Purcell picked up 1/4” of ice that made travel and walking treacherous.
After the ice turned to rain, .8” of an inch was recorded here bringing the yearly total to 2”.
Will Rogers World Airport has recorded 1.06” this year with the normal year-to-date total sitting at .92”.
The Oklahoma Mesonet reported .46” of an inch fell in Washington and .50” was recorded in Byars.
Additional rain is predicted in six out of the next 10 days.
At least the temperatures are expected to stay above freezing for the next several days.
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