On Thursday morning at DCHS, in front of the entire student body as well as numerous special guests, school officials announced plans to host the Penny Hardaway National Hoop Fest.
The event, featuring some of the top high school basketball teams from across the nation as well as some of the top teams in Tennessee, will take place on Jan.10-11 at DCHS and will feature a total of eight games over the two-day period.
The idea to host the Hoop Fest came last year according Lynn Garner, DCHS athletic director, while the Choctaws were participating in the event held at White Station High School in Memphis.
"We just felt with our facilities here at Dyer County that it would be great if we could be able to host the event," said Garner. "I talked to several of our supporters about the idea and they were all for it so we started the process of talking to Travis Haddock about bringing it to Newbern."
Haddock, president and CEO of Haddock Sports, was open to the idea after the enormous amount of support the Choctaws had in Memphis in 2011. At the press conference, Haddock was overwhelmed by the sea of orange on hand and acknowledged that the decision to bring the Hoop Fest to Newbern was a good move for all involved.
"The energy here at Dyer County is totally different than anywhere else I've seen," said Haddock. "The secret is out about the support here at Dyer County. They have a superstar in Robert Hubbs that's going to the SEC and along with several other players that will be here for the event, the basketball fans are going to be treated to some very exciting basketball."
The teams coming to Newbern are all highly respected and have high character, something Haddock said was key for being able to play in the event.
"We want the best teams to be here, but we also make sure that the teams coming having good character. With the lineup we have coming to play here at Dyer County, we know the fans from all across West Tennessee will show up and pack this place out to see some very good, quality basketball."
Dyer County head coach Derek McCord was elated to have such a special event coming to Dyer County, especially the publicity the school and community will receive from the event. The Hoop Fest will be broadcast worldwide over the Internet, giving literally millions of fans as well as a large number of college coaches, the opportunity to see the facilities at DCHS.
"By hosting the Hoop Fest here at Dyer County, it gives our kids a chance to play on the national stage because it's going to be broadcast all over the world," said McCord. "At the event we will play in front of the most college coaches that we will see all year and that's great for our kids."
After the first two days at DCHS, the event will move to White Station for the final day of competition. The schedule of games at DCHS is as follows:
Thursday, Jan. 10
|4 p.m.||Piney Woods, Miss.||vs Christian Brothers of Memphis|
|5:30 p.m. Dyer County (Girls)||vs Gibson County (Girls)|
|7 p.m.||Marshall, Miss. vs Memphis East|
|8 p.m.||Dyer County||vs Charleston, Mo.|
Friday, Jan. 11
|4 p.m.||Mitchell vs||Amanda Elzy, Miss.|
|5:30 p.m. Craigmont vs||Arlington Country Day, Fla.|
|7 p.m.||Ft.Walton Beach, Fla. vs||Findlay Prep, Nev.|
|8:30||Dyer County vs||Harrisburg, Ill.|
Admission to attend the event is $12 for adults and $10 for students.