By Dave Gragg
Quay County Sun
The deadline to sign up for this year’s edition of the Gus Macker three-on-three basketball tournament was last week, but teams have another chance to get themselves organized and signed up.
Teams can register online at www.macker.com until Sunday. Ellen White at the Quay County Clerk’s Office will also take registrations until 3 p.m. Thursday.
The tournament will be July 19 and 20 around Kvols Park and registration for a four-person team is $96.
Every team is guaranteed at least two games.
White said 16 teams had registered as of Monday, which is about the same number as this time last year.
By last year’s final deadline, more than 90 teams had registered, she said.
Last year was the first time Tucumcari had hosted the nationally traveling tournament, which will be back for at least a third year.
While the 90 teams were less than the 200 teams organizers had hoped for, it gave Tucumcari a taste of what the tournament could mean for the local economy.
White said about 70 of last year’s teams were from out of town and bought about $75,000 worth of goods and services.
It also gave organizers some ideas as to how to improve this year’s tournament, she said.
“We mailed about 800 brochures three weeks ago,” she said. “Last year we didn’t send out any.”
The brochures went to all the teams that competed last year in Tucumcari, plus all the teams that competed in Gus Macker tournaments in Las Cruces, Alamogordo and Roswell.
Local teams who went to last weekend’s tournament in Roswell said there was a lot of talk about Tucumcari’s tournament, White said.
The tournament still needs businesses to sponsor courts and volunteers to help, she said.
“It doesn’t matter if they don’t know anything about basketball,” she said.
Organizers pay $8,000 to bring the tournament to town. The city of Tucumcari has paid half of that fee, with the other half coming from sponsorship and team fees.
To volunteer to help, call Christy Benavidez at 461-0191
For information on concessions, call Marshall Hart at 461-1418
The next organizational meeting for the Tucumcari Gus Macker tournament is 5:30 p.m. Tuesay at the Recreation Center, 900 E Laughlin