Wayne tournament

Regarding Mrs. Deveny’s letter (Friday’s Tribune) concerning Adams Central in the Great Northeast Nebraska Shootout, we had some of the same questions but decided to call the school and inquire about the situation. Here is what we found out:

The district was put into a tough position last year when one team backed out of the Minden tournament, which AC has attended for years, and another team could not be found to fill the spot in a timely enough manner to assure the viability of the event. In the end, Minden canceled the event and AC would have lost three games in the schedule. AC already plays one game short of the NSAA allowable limit as it is.

AC considered a number of tournaments but had difficulty finding a tournament on short notice. When Wayne offered to pay travel expenses, the district agreed to go to Wayne for two years. Furthermore, the district is having the teams travel in vans instead of buses, which are more efficient.

Probably the most interesting part to what we found out is that AC is working toward hosting a holiday tournament two years from now. This would be a huge benefit to the district and its patrons.

Even though Wayne is far away, our athletes are getting to participate in a quality tournament and compete with new teams. And what’s more, AC took first place in the tournament.

After seeking the facts, understanding the situation and knowing there is not a huge financial burden on the district, we can live with a short-term headache for the benefits in the long term. If patrons choose not to travel to Wayne for the games, anyone can watch them on HTMedia. We’ve always found school personnel to be very willing to explain any situation when we’ve inquired. We’re glad we called.

Terry and Sharon Brown

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