Sports fan nirvana next week

Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM.

“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.”

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