Sports fans will enjoy a bountiful feast next week.
Two basketball tournaments, the opening of the regular season in soccer and a Class 1A regional quarterfinal are on tap during a week in which sports fans will have plenty to be thankful about.
The week gets started with the Boutique By the Bay Tip-Off Classic, a varsity basketball tournament hosted over two nights by Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School.
On Tuesday, Port St. Joe will face Blountstown at 7:30 p.m. ET immediately following a contest between Tallahassee FAMU and Franklin County that tips-off at 6 p.m.
The teams will switch on Thursday, Nov. 14, when Franklin County faces Blountstown at 6 p.m. ET followed by Port St. Joe versus FAMU.
Port St. Joe basketball coach Derek Kurnitsky noted that FAMU has a shooting guard who recently verbally committed to play next year at Ole Miss.
“It has been six or seven years since we hosted a preseason tournament and I was tired of going on the road,” Kurnitsky said. “We like basketball here and we will have two nights of very good basketball.
“It is preseason so the games don’t count, but we wanted to host a tournament. It should be some good basketball. And we have a Division I signee who will be playing.”
The first night of the Tip-Off Classic coincides with the opening regular season games in soccer as Port St. Joe hosts Malone.
The Tip-Off Classic will lead into the opening of the Region 1-1A playoffs, which will have the Tiger Sharks hosting South Walton.
“It’s kind of neat,” Kurnitsky said. “Football gets the years started and the way the football team has played it feels like Port St. Joe is relevant again. We haven’t been down long, just two years, but this has worked out perfect.
“When football wins it just starts the school year right, lifts the spirit and just gets everybody excited. I think it is pretty neat we are going to have a week of nothing but football and basketball.”
The sweet sports week is iced Saturday by the annual Port St. Joe Hoopfest which will bring 12 teams to town for a junior high boys’ and girls’ basketball tournament sponsored by Centennial Bank.
“We are having teams from all over the Panhandle,” Kurnitsky said. “We have so many games and teams that some of the games will spill over to the Washington Gym, which I think is pretty special.”
The Hoopfest gets started at 9 a.m. ET next Saturday.
Entry to the Tip-Off Classic is $5 per night, the same for the all-day Hoopfest. The Florida High School Athletics Association requires ticket prices for playoff football to be $8.
“A lot of people paid $200 to see Miami and Florida State this past weekend and they are going to be able to see some good basketball and football for just $23,” Kurnitsky said. “That’s a pretty good deal.”