Bob Daws, Minot
On April 5-6 and April 12-13 Bishop Ryan Catholic School hosted the Andrew Crockett Memorial Basketball Tournaments. Andrew was an honor student at Bishop Ryan, a class leader, active participant and team leader in all the sports he participated in, especially basketball. He was a role model to his friends, fellow students and teammates, and will be forever in the hearts of all who knew him. For the past nine years it is in his honor and memory that this tournament, which supports the Andrew Crockett Memorial Scholarship Fund, is held.
More than 500 male and female athletes in grades 5-8 competed on 64 teams playing a total of 96 basketball games. Towns represented were Fargo, Jamestown, Bismarck, Mandan, Dickinson, Watford City, Williston, Devils Lake, Langdon, Regina, Sask., and everywhere in between. With their participation these young athletes also helped raise awareness to a condition called Sudden Cardiac Arrest that affects so many young athletes across the country each year. For more information visit (www.parentheartwatch.org).
A special thank you to the local businesses and individuals that helped make this year's tournament a success with donations of time and product including Marketplace Foods, Soltis Sportswear, Sign D'Zyn, Candace Brekke for the logo designs, Cashwise Foods and Boys Scout Troop 425. The countless volunteer hours of all the Bishop Ryan students and parents is priceless as we would not be able to host the tournament each year without each of them.
Bishop Ryan Catholic School, the Crockett family and tournament organizers want to thank the players, parents and fans who came to watch the dreams come alive on the court. It was a pleasure to witness the level of sportsmanship and competitiveness shown by the players on the court. Even more important was to see them participating in something they love. We thank each of you for Keeping a Dream Alive and hope to see you participating in the Fall Classic in November or back again in the spring of 2015.