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Sports: Youth basketball teams arrive for tournament

Close to 50 youth boys and girls basketball teams will be in action this weekend along the Waccamaw Neck, taking part in a tournament presented by USSSA basketball. The event is for players ages 9 through 17, and games will be at Waccamaw High School, Waccamaw Middle School and the South Strand Recreation Center in Horry County.

“The response has been incredible,” said Traci Kowalewski, USSSA event coordinator. “We’ve had so many teams call who want to be a part of this event.”

Games will be played throughout the day on Saturday and from 8 a.m. until roughly 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the door of any of the host sites. A weekend pass is available for $15 and a day pass can be purchased for $10.

The Waccamaw Neck will be represented by five teams in five different age groups, each squad being dubbed the South Carolina Gators.

Gators teams are already making their presence known, as the 13-year-old team won a District Qualifier in Pawleys Island the weekend of April 21 and 22, and the 10-and-under squad captured a USBA tourney championship in North Myrtle Beach last weekend. The 10-and-under team lost its first two games before rallying for the title. The Gators defeated Wilmington in the semi-finals on Saturday and claimed the championship with a win over Carolina Forest on Sunday. Jonah Stump, Will Brackett and Dewaun Britton highlighted the championship run.

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