[BEAVER, W.Va.] The New River Community and Technical College Invitational basketball tournament, presented by New, Taylor & Associates and First Community Bank, will kick off the New Year at Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center on Jan. 2 – 4, 2020.

More than 20 boys and girls basketball teams will compete over the three-day event, culminating with six games as part of “Championship Saturday.”  There also will be a most outstanding fan cheering contest, Special Olympics participation, and New River CTC program displays.

“It’s more than basketball; it’s about building community, improving access to higher education, and providing high school students and their families with more information about programs at New River CTC,” said New River CTC Office of Institutional Advancement and College Foundation Executive Director Michael Green.

There will be plenty of hoops action. Chapmanville Regional High School is the two-time defending West Virginia Class AA state championship team and the Webster County Highlanders are Class A state champions. Shady Spring, Bluefield, and Greenbrier East will be vying for a spot on “Championship Saturday.”  The girls division will feature perennial Class AA state tournament powerhouse Wyoming East Lady Warriors and the Woodrow Wilson Lady Flying Eagles. 

Teams competing at the tournament include: Bluefield HS, Chapmanville Regional HS, Greater Beckley Christian School, Greenbrier East HS, Independence HS, James Monroe HS, Liberty HS, Nicholas County HS, Oak Hill HS, Pikeview HS, Pocahontas County HS, Princeton Senior HS, Shady Spring Middle School, Shady Spring HS, Oceana Middle School, Webster County HS, Westside HS, Woodrow Wilson HS, and Wyoming East HS.

“It’s an excellent way to welcome the New Year with some of the state’s top players and basketball programs,” Green said.

Each team competing at the Invitational will receive a $1,000 scholarship for a student to attend New River CTC during the 2020-2021 academic year. The school with the loudest fans will receive the “Most Outstanding Cheering Section Award” and a $1,000 donation toward their Project Graduation committee.

Green said he expects several thousand visitors at the convention center during the Invitational and thanked all sponsors that have shown their support.  The College exceeded its $50,000 “Giving Tuesday” fundraising goal for the event.  New River CTC President Dr. Bonny Copenhaver also will greet guests at the tournament.

“This is truly a community event with support from so many of our local business partners,” Green said.

For the full tournament schedule and game updates, please visit https://admin.tourneymachine.com/R70984.

For additional information regarding the New River CTC Invitational tournament schedule and game scoring updates, please visit www.nrctcf.org or contact foundation@newriver.edu or (304) 929-6734.

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