Matt Blackwell Foundation crowns Holiday Hoops champs

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10th annual youth basketball tournament

By The Staff



The Matt Blackwell Foundation celebrated the Christmas season with its 10th annual Holiday Hoops Classic youth basketball tournament.

The week-long tournament involves teams who participate in the Moriah Baptist Association League, from first graders to high school seniors.

 Tournament games this year were played at area church gyms (Hyde Park Baptist, Covenant Baptist, and Zion United Methodist) during the week, with weekend games played at North Elementary and Lancaster High School.

All championship games were played at Lancaster High.

Besides crowning champions in four age divisions, a Matt Blackwell Sportsmanship Award was presented to a player in each division.

Tournament champions, runner-ups, and sportsmanship award winners are as follows:

Grades 1-3

Immanuel Baptist – Champion

Zion Baptist – Runner-up

Sportsmanship – Landon Bass, Zion Baptist

Grades 4-6

Second Baptist of Lancaster (Coach Ellis) – Champion

Second Baptist of Lancaster (Coach Steele) – Runner-up

Sportsmanship – Tanner Wallace, Second Baptist

Junior High boys

Second Baptist of Lancaster – Champion

Springdell Baptist– Runner-up

Sportsmanship – Spencer Blackmon, Second Baptist of Lancaster

Senior High boys

Covenant Baptist – Champion

Second Baptist of Lancaster – Runner-up

Sportsmanship – Second Baptist Team

“We had a good tournament and it’s great to help with a good cause,” said Brent Porter, who served as a tournament co-chairman  with Robert Hough. “The tournament was a lot of fun and we would like to congratulate the champions and sportsmanship winners, and we appreciate the teams who participated in the tournament.

“We’re also grateful for the churches and schools which hosted tournament games during the week.”

The Matt Blackwell Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Lancaster County’s youth.

 The organization’s structure is comprised of a 16-member board of directors. The Matt Blackwell Foundation is funded solely by the generosity of its supporters, corporations, individuals, and other community groups who choose the foundation as a cause they wholeheartedly support. Fundraising events are held throughout the year, to create awareness and to help fund our mission.

The Matt Blackwell Foundation began following the death of Matt Blackwell, a former Lancaster High School baseball player.

Prior to his death in May of 2001, Blackwell also played church basketball and junior golf with the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association.

Blackwell, a Lancaster Dixie Baseball product, also served as a T-ball coach with the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission youth baseball program.