CHESTER – Basketball coaches across the state are packing for Hawaii. None are traveling to the island state, not this weekend anyway, but many will be donning their Hawaiian shirts for a good cause.
Days after Belt girls basketball coach Jeff Graham and Shelby athletic director Mike White collaborated to have coaches at the upcoming Coyotes Classic wear Hawaiian shirts in honor of the late Griff Bye, coaches attending the upcoming Chester-Joplin-Inverness Preseason Tournament will do the same.
The tournament, which will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, hosts Class C teams from around the Hi-Line. Chinook, Big Sandy, Dutton-Brady, North Star, Power and Sunburst join CJI in the tournament.
North Star coach and athletic director Brian Campbell says players from North Star and Power will join coaches in wearing the Hawaiian shirts during Thursday and Friday’s performances.
2017 CJI Preseason Tournament
12 p.m.: Big Sandy vs. Dutton-Brady girls
1:45 p.m.: Big Sandy vs. Dutton-Brady boys
3:30 p.m.: Power vs. North Star girls
5:15 p.m.: Power vs. North Star boys
11:15 a.m.: Dutton-Brady vs. Chinook girls
1 p.m.: Dutton-Brady vs. Chinook boys
2:45 p.m.: North Star vs. Big Sandy girls
4:30 p.m.: North Star vs. Big Sandy boys
6:15 p.m.: CJI vs. Sunburst girls
8 p.m.: CJI vs. Sunburst boys
1 p.m.: Chinook vs. Sunburst girls
2:45 p.m.: Chinook vs. Sunburst boys
4:30 p.m.: CJI vs. Power girls
6:15 p.m.: CJI vs. Power boys