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posted: 11/21/2012 10:04 AM

St. Raymond, St. Viator to host 21st annual Kate Conlon Basketball Tourney

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Submitted by Bill Pinter

St. Raymond School, Mount Prospect and St. Viator High School, Arlington Heights, will host the 21st annual Kate Conlon Basketball Tournament Thursday, Dec. 6, through Sunday, Dec. 9.

A total of 24, eighth grade girls' basketball teams will compete this year with an anticipated 700 fans attending. Games will be played at both schools with the championship games for the three brackets being held at St. Raymond's Parish Life Center (gym) on the final day of tournament action, Sunday, Dec. 9. All tournament games are open to the general public to attend.

"The Kate Conlon Basketball Tournament came about following the tragic loss of three young lives in 1991," said tournament director Sam Frasco. "One of the youngsters, Kate Conlon, was a graduate of St. Raymond School. She and her family were longtime parishioners of St. Raymond Church. Kate was a talented athlete who enjoyed participating in basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and intramural sports. A group of Kate's friends and neighbors wanted to do something to remember her love of athletics and thus the tournament was created."

"As each year passes, we are blessed to see this tournament continue to grow in size and notoriety," Frasco said. "Participating coaches from past tournaments continually comment that this is 'one of the best girls' basketball tournaments in the area, especially due to its energetic spirit and warm hospitality.' Again, this year we will be partnering with St. Viator High School. The tournament will be hosting numerous schools from the Chicago area with hundreds of eighth-grade girls competing."

For more Kate Conlon Basketball Tournament information, to become a tournament sponsor, or advertise in the tournament guide, contact Sam Frasco at (708) 997-1227 or send an email to Sponsorship and advertising requests should be submitted to Sam Frasco no later than Friday, Nov. 30.

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