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12-7-13 TV coverage of the Friday night action
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11-1-2013 The Fitz Announces the 2013 Field
The 3rd annual Dan Fitzgerald Memorial Basketball Tournament, also known as “The Fitz,” honors the legacy of the longtime Gonzaga University Bulldog basketball coach. The Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Northern Quest Resort & Casino presents “The Fitz”, which will again be hosted by Lewis & Clark High School on Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th. Participating teams this year from the Spokane remain the same as last year; Lewis and Clark, Mead, West Valley and Lake City from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Participating teams from outside the area this year include Moscow, ID, Mountain View, WA, West Valley of Yakima, WA and Archbishop Mitty from San Jose, CA.
The appearance of Archbishop Mitty this year is especially exciting. Mitty is the school where Coach Fitzgerald started his coaching career. A scholarship at Mitty, in Dan Fitzgerald’s name, is also one of the financial beneficiaries of the showcase tournament.
This year’s event marks the first time that girls teams will be involved in the Fitz. Local teams from Mead and Gonzaga Prep will be pitted against West Seattle and St. Mary’s, OR. St. Mary’s is headed by long time area coach Art Rojas. Girls’ games will be played on Friday at Gonzaga Prep and then they will join the boys at Lewis & Clark where all games will be played on Saturday.
Last year’s showcase was a huge competitive and financial success. The “showcase” format included out of area teams Blanchet, OR, Peninsula, WA, Lake Stevens, WA and a return visit from West Valley- Yakima. At the pre-tournament banquet, WV-Yakima Coach Jon Kinloch shared fond memories of playing for Coach Fitzgerald and the importance of the tournament honoring his college coach. Former Santa Clara head coach, and Fitz rival, Dick Davey also shared stories of the Fitz legacy. The keynote speaker of this year’s tip –off banquet will be former Gonzaga Player and current Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Washington, Dr. Ed Taylor.
Proceeds from last year’s tournament not only benefited the Dan Fitzgerald scholarship at Archbishop Mitty, but also the Spokane Boys and Girls Clubs of Spokane, Hoopfest Midnight Basketball, and the Greater Spokane League needy student fund. Additionally, the tournament partnered with the Second Harvest Food Bank to accept can food donations for admission to the event. Hundreds of pounds of food were collected during the two days and the event will be partnering again this year with the food bank.
This year SWX-Spokane will televise live two games on Friday. Radio Spokane (KGA 1510) will broadcast live two games on Saturday.
The schedule for the 2013 Dan Fitzgerald Memorial Basketball Tournament:
Friday Dec. 6—boys games played at Lewis & Clark HS / girls games played at Gonzaga Prep HS
4:00 Moscow, ID vs. WV-Spokane
5:30 Mountain View, WA vs. Lake City, ID
6:00 St. Mary’s, OR vs. Mead (girls)
7:00 Archbishop Mitty, CA vs. Lewis & Clark (TV)
7:30 West Seattle vs. Gonzaga Prep (girls)
8:30 WV-Yakima vs. Mead (TV)
Saturday Dec. 7—all games played at Lewis & Clark HS
10:00 St. Mary’s vs. Gonzaga Prep (girls)
11:30 Mountain View vs. West Valley-Spokane
1:00 Archbishop Mitty vs. Mead (Radio)
2:30 Moscow vs. Lewis & Clark (Radio)
4:00 West Valley-Yakima vs Lake City
5:30 West Seattle vs. Mead (girls)
12-1-2012 The first night complete at The Fitz
11-30-2012 The Fitz starts tonight
11-30-2012 The Fitz on a mission – Spokesman Review, John Blanchette
11-30-2012 The Fitz Tip-Off Banquet kicks off 2012 tourney
11-29-2012 SWX to broadcast The Fitz Friday night contests
11-29-2012 Winger Remembers Dan Fitzgerald – Couer d’ Alene Press
11-28-12 The Fitz is here
11-28-12 The Fitz Press Release
The 2nd annual Dan Fitzgerald Memorial Basketball Tournament, also known as “The Fitz” is this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The tip-off banquet is Thursday at 6:30pm at Northern Quest Resort. The banquet features a three point shooting contest with a representative from each team. Dan Fitzgerald’s friend and coaching colleague Dick Davey will be the featured speaker.
Since Dan was a supporter of the Union Gospel Mission, teams from the tournament will help serve lunch and dinner on Friday at the Mission.
SWX will televise the West Valley-Yakima vs West Valley-Spokane, and the Lewis & Clark vs Peninsula games on Friday. KGA Radio (1510 AM) will broadcast the Blanchet vs Mead game on Saturday.
Admission is $5.00 for adults. Free admission is available to anyone bringing two cans of food for Second Harvest Food Bank.
The Fitz benefits some of Dan’s favorite charities; Spokane Boys and Girls Club, Hoopfest Midnight Basketball, the GSL Needy Student Fund and The Dan Fitzgerald Scholarship at Archbishop Mitty High School where Dan started his coaching career. More information is available at www.thefitztourney.net .
If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity for “The Fitz” or donating to become a “Friend of Fitz”, please contact Cajer Neeley at 509-455-5858.
2012 Dan Fitzgerald Memorial Tournament schedule
(All games played at Lewis and Clark High School-Spokane)
Friday, November 30th Saturday, December 1st
4:00pm Lake Stevens vs Mead 11:00am Peninsula vs WV-Spokane
5:30pm WV-Yakima vs WV-Spokane 12:30pm Blanchet vs Mead
7:30pm Peninsula vs Lewis & Clark 2:30pm Lake Stevens vs Lewis & Clark
9:00pm Blanchet vs Lake City 4:00pm WV-Yakima vs Lake City