Published DateGILFORD — The 20th Annual Francoeur/Babcock Memorial Basketball Tournament taking place at the Gilford Middle School from Wednesday, March 6 to Sunday, March 10.
Sponsored by the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department, the tournament will host 12 area teams consisting of boys and girls in grades 3 – 6 from Belmont, Bristol, Gilford, Gilmanton, Laconia and Sanbornton.
Thisinvitational tournament is held in memory of Aaron T. Francoeur who was a thirteen year old Gilford Middle/High School student when he succumbed to cancer in the summer of 1993.
Nathan Babcock's name was added in 2006 after he lost his battle with cancer in the fall of 2005. Since Aaron's death, the Aaron T. Francoeur Memorial Scholarship Fund, in conjunction with the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, was established to give financial aid to deserving Gilford High School graduates who are furthering their post high school education.
Many former players and scholarship recipients return each year to help at the tournament, be it officiating, scoring, timing, selling tickets and t-shirts, or working at the concession stand.
The tournament this year will consist of the following divisions and teams:
Junior (Coed) Division (Grades 3 and 4) - Gilford, Gilmanton, Lou Athanas and Sanbornton.
Senior Girls Division (Grades 5 and 6) - Gilford, Belmont, Lou Athanas and Sanbornton.
Senior Boys Division (Grades 5 and 6) - Gilford, Belmont, Lou Athanas and Pines/Sanbornton.
The schedule for the opening rounds of play will be:
Wednesday, March 6, Junior Division (Coed) Gilford vs. Gilmanton at 5:30 p.m. and Lou Athanas vs. Sanbornton at 6:45 p.m.
Thursday, March 7, Senior Girls Division; Gilford vs. Belmont at 5:30 p.m. and Lou Athanas vs. TTCC at 6:45 p.m.
Friday, March 8, Senior Boys Division, Gilford vs. Lou Athanas at 5:30 p.m. and Belmont vs. Sanbornton at 6:45 p.m.
On Saturday, March 9, games will begin at 8 a.m and the last game of the day will be played at 6 p.m.
On Sunday, March 10, the Championship round games are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
The tournament is open to the public. The admission fee is $2 for adults and $ 1 for children. A Tournament Family Pass (all games) is also available for $10. Children not of school age, coaches and players are free.
For more information, call Parks and Recreation Director Herb Greene at 527-4722.