Enquirer Herald

Annual York Shootout survives economic crunch

YORK -- Paula Blackwell, head coach of the York Comprehensive High School girls basketball team, said the Fourth Annual York Summer Shootout will serve a dual purpose.

"Hosting the Shootout for the fourth straight year will save money during a down economy and provide the competition our players need to improve their game," Blackwell said of the June 23-25 event.

Most games will be played in the York Comprehensive High School Dome, with jayvee games to be held in the York Junior High School gym.

"We are pleased with the number of participating teams, considering the state of the economy and budget cuts schools are facing," Blackwell said. "By hosting the event, our team will have no travel expenses.

"Participating teams will eat at York restaurants and some will stay at a local motel. It is a win, win situation for the city of York and the York school district."

With athletic director Steve Boyd having to cope with budget cuts, Blackwell said the Lady Cougars will no longer attend summer basketball camps at Winthrop University and UNC-Charlotte.

"We're keeping all of our summer activities at home at a minimal cost of $15 to the players," she said.

There's also a $2 admission price to watch games all day each day of the Shootout.

"We have to pay the officials," noted Blackwell.

The YCHS coach said visiting teams like participating in the York shootout.

"We have the facilities and volunteer help to host the Shootout," she added. "We will be able to better accommodate the visiting teams when we move into our new facilities."

Participating teams at the three-day Shootout will include Spartanburg, Riverside, Berea, Mauldin, Dorman, Hillcrest, Andrew Jackson, Indian Land, Northwestern, Fort Mill and York.