Sports fan nirvana next week


Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School will host varsity and junior high basketball tournaments this week sandwiched around the Tiger Sharks football playoff game against South Walton.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM.

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.

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