G.F. should keep hoop tourney through 2010
No other city submitted a bid this fall to get State Boys Basketball Tournament

Published on 12/17/2005
By GREG BROWNELL, The Post Star,
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Recent bids to host the State Boys Basketball Tournament. The tourney goes up for bid every three years. The event is awarded based on a vote by each of the state's 11 geographical sections: 
  • 2003: Glens Falls won in a head-to-head competition against Binghamton, 6-5. 
  • 2000: Glens Falls prevailed in a two-way battle with Binghamton, 8-2. 
  • 1997: Glens Falls survived a four-way race with 7 votes. Rochester received 3, Binghamton got 1 and Albany got none. 
  • 1994: Glens Falls won a four-city competition with 7 votes. Binghamton got 2, Niagara Falls got 2 and Albany got none. 

Every three years, Doug Kenyon puts together a bid to keep the State Boys Basketball Tournament in Glens Falls. 

He won't have to worry about it this time around. 

Kenyon, the state tournament director, said no other city has come forward to try to take the tournament away from Glens Falls. The deadline for bids has passed, which means the Civic Center is likely to keep the tourney through 2010. 

Kenyon said he can't remember another time when no other city made a play for the State Boys Basketball Tournament, the first of two state tournaments held each March on successive weekends. It's also surprising, since Binghamton came within one vote of taking the tournament away three years ago. 

"I'm quite surprised, due to past experience and the impact the tournament has on the community,'' Kenyon said. "But I'm pleased. We put an awful lot of time and effort into the bid presentation. This allows us to focus on other things to improve the tournament.'' 

Kenyon said Glens Falls' request for another three-year contract, starting in 2008, must still be approved by the state boys basketball committee in the spring. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association's executive committee then makes final approval. 

Less certain is prospects for keeping the Federation Tournament of Champions, which brings together boys and girls champions from various organizations on the weekend after the State Boys Basketball Tournament. The city has the rights to that tourney through 2007, but must bid for another three-year contract next fall. 

Binghamton went after that tourney the last time around, the first time another city had shown interest in the Federation event. Glens Falls won on a 4-0 vote, but that's deceptive, since the committee making that decision was deadlocked 2-2 at one point. 

Ben Nelson, executive director of Section IV, which includes Binghamton, said he's not sure if Binghamton will make another bid. But Kenyon expects to have competition. 

"I'd be surprised if Binghamton didn't come back with a bid,'' he said. "I think Binghamton is definitely our chief competition for the Federation Tournament, based on their last bid presentation. They really want this tournament. 

"We definitely want both tournaments,'' Kenyon added. "We're prepared to work even harder to do the best job we can to retain both tournaments in Glens Falls.'' 

Glens Falls has hosted state basketball tournaments since 1981.

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