UPTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — After a popular basketball tournament in Central Massachusetts was canceled for a second year, a group of high school athletic directors teamed up to put on a tournament of their own.
The Clark University High School Tournament was canceled for the second year in a row because of the pandemic. This led a group of athletic directors in the area to work together to create the new CMASS Basketball Classic for local high school basketball teams.
This new event will feature three separate tournaments, two boy's tournaments, and one girl's tournament. Each tournament will feature eight teams each, with the two boy's tournaments being split into one for large schools and one for smaller schools.
Nipmuc High School Athletic Director Christoper Schmidt said it was important to include a girl's tournament in the new CMASS Basketball Classic.
"We made sure we wanted to have a tournament for girls teams as well," he said. "Which is something that historically the Clark Tournament has not supported."
Senior Caleigh Christensen the girl's basketball team at Nipmuc high is excited to be included in this upcoming tournament.
"The girls this year are really motivated to want to go far in this tournament," she said. "I think we have a good chance. We've definitely worked really hard to prove that we can be up there with the guys."
The CMASS Basketball Classic will tip-off for the boys on Feb. 19 and for the girls on Feb. 20. All three finals will be held on Feb. 26.
WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.