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Weather expected to clear for 13th annual Hoop Jam

SHERIDAN — Ball-hogging encouraged. Fundamentals optional.

Sheridan’s premier street basketball tournament is on schedule for Saturday and Sunday with weather expected to clear up just in time after a week of rainstorms. Saturday’s highs are expected to be in the low sixties while Sunday’s temps could reach 80 for the 148 teams scheduled to battle in this year’s, the 13th annual, Hoop Jam at Whitney Plaza, located behind the Sheridan County School District 2 central office building.

The Hoop Jam has experienced one weather casualty — tonight’s barbecue and registration has been moved indoors to the high school, according to event director Amanda Monterastelli. Set for 5:30-8:30 p.m., one member of each team can check in, picking up game schedules and T-shirts. Players eat for free at the barbecue which begins at 6 p.m. The meal costs $7 for non-players.

For those unable to register tonight, Saturday check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. in the headquarters tent.

A sixth-grade and older 3-point contest will take place throughout the weekend, as weather forced it from the traditional time Friday night.

Monterastelli said that the contest will possibly be held Saturday during the lunch break, from 1-2 p.m., with announcements made over the PA system so they can get to as many players as possible.

This will be the third year the tournament is held at Whitney Plaza after 10 years on Main Street.

“It’s been great,” Monterastelli said. “This provides us room to grow and room to add more teams. If you add more teams on Main Street, you have to clear off more blocks. At Whitney Plaza you have room to expand, and you can watch more games at once too.

“The Whitney Benefits people have been remarkable as far as helping us out,” she added.

For more information including game rules and first-day brackets with game times visit the Wyoming Rehab website.

Preliminary Sunday brackets will be available this evening and will be finalized Saturday after 9 p.m.

The Hoop Jam serves as a fundraiser for the Sheridan High School athletic training program and for the sports medicine aspect of Wyoming Rehab.

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