Basketball tournament starts tonight


    Staff Writer

    The 19th annual Dirk and Colt Ross Memorial Basketball Tournament begins tonight at 6 p.m. in the junior high and middle school gyms.

    The tournament will host 35 teams in three different divisions from all over the region, including Albuquerque, Denver, Grand Junction, Taos, Trinidad and Utah.

    “It’ll be better than March Madness,” Troy Ross, tournament coordinator, told The SUN. “We’re in April Madness now.”

    Friday night, the tournament will feature a slam-dunk contest, 3-point shootout, a special memorial presentation and door prizes around 6:30 p.m. in the junior high gym.

    Games will be held:

    • Tonight, April 10, from 6-9 p.m. in the middle school and junior high gyms.

    • Friday, April 11, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. in the middle school, junior high and high school gyms.

    • Saturday, April 12, from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. in the high school gym, and 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. in the middle school and junior high gyms.

    Daily admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and free for children under 8. Proceeds go to a scholarship fund to benefit local youth.

    The concession stand is still looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping, contact Loretta Ross at 264-5266.

    “The talent we get at this tournament is incredible,” Ross said.

    Come cheer on the teams, support local youth and jump head-first into Pagosa’s very own April Madness.