The Moore County High School boys basketball team opens play today, Thursday, Dec. 27, in the prestigious Sgt. York Southeastern Christmas Invitational in Jamestown, TN.
The third annual tournament features boys and girls teams. Moore County opens with the host team Alvin C. York Institute at 8 p.m. Thursday.
This tournament began as a way for the citizens of Fentress County, TN to display their history, school, and community to those throughout the southeastern region. The tournament, sanctioned by the TSSAA and the National Federation of High School Sports, has grown quickly in popularity. This year over 100 inquiries were made by teams and coaches requesting a spot in the 2018 tournament. Space is limited to only eight girls teams and eight boys teams mainly based in the single A and double AA classification from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. Alvin C. York Institute, located in Jamestown TN, hosts the tournament each year.
The school takes great pride in its rich history, founded in 1926 by World War I hero Alvin C. York. The school remains committed to the same principles of leadership and character instilled by York himself. While attending the tournament, teams will tour Sgt. York’s home in Pall Mall, TN and the Sgt. York movie will be on display in the auditorium throughout the tournament for team viewings.
Over $25,000 in scholarships and prizes are awarded at the event to teams, players, and coaches. The tournament format is organized to contribute to the schools which participate and grant the student athletes exposure to historical Jamestown and college scouts seeking talent.
The Raiders are struggling so far with a young team and missing some players due to injuries. The Raiders are anchored by senior Garrett Jennings at the forward position and Andrew Copeland on the perimeter. Both are averaging in double figures, Copeland at 12 points per game and Jennings, the team’s only senior, at 10 ppg.