HERMANSVILLE - The 75th Gold Medal Classic basketball tournament tips off Thursday at the Community Center.
Tournament manager Ray Bray reports 84 teams, an all-time record, will participate in the nine-class, 78-game event.
We have 85 teams registered and interest is as high as ever. I have no more time slots available and I couldn't take more teams if I wanted to, but I'm still getting calls from teams that forgot about the deadline," said tournament director Ray Bray. "I have 4-5 teams on a waiting list, in case someone can't make it."
The tournament is set to kick off Thursday night at 7 p.m. EDT and run through March 24. Games will be featured across nine divisions. Thursday's schedule marks the debut of the junior high boys division, with the Norway Eighth Graders meeting Carney at 7 p.m.
Junior high girls start Friday as Norway and Classic Auto Body clash at 7 p.m.
"It's a big thing for these kids and they're pumped up," said Bray. "We have a couple teams from Norway, North Central has a team and Carney has one. It's going to be a good memory for them."
Two Class EE games - Hermansville Whitens Dry Kiln vs. Stephenson Rim Shots, 6 p.m.; Norway Auto Parts vs. Daggett Photography, 8 p.m. - along with a Class E game matching Florence Lakeside Bed & Breakfast and Marinette Auto Plus at 9 p.m. are also of Thursday's docket.
(Escanaba Daily Press contributed to this story)