(SALISBURY,MD.)-For four days more than 100 teams hit the hardwood in the annual Governor's Challenge Tournament Chairman James Simmons said this year's annual Governor's Challenge was very successful.
"1.2 million dollars in economic impact brought to the area from seventy plus teams and thirty teams from Delmarva,"said Simmons.
One of the 70 out of state teams included Sidwell Friends from D.C. They took on the Wicomico Indians on the final of the Governor's Challenge.Head Coach Eric Singletary and his team were making the teams first appearance at the tourney.
"But I have heard of the Governor's Challenge for many years and how they run it and how many teams they have from the Showcase side and the bracket side was very appealing to us,"said Singletary. "We normally go to Florida for Christmas but we wanted to do something closer this year for our six seniors."
Wicomico Indians Head Coach Butch Waller started this annual Holiday basketball tournament many years ago. Waller said a local tournament was needed.
Even more teams next year will have a chance to play at the Governor's Challenge as the tournament will be expanding.
"To double the girls to forty teams and the University Of Maryland Eastern Shore wants to get involved,because they are a lot of girls teams that want to get in across the state but we don't have the room,we are using the Civic Center two courts James M. Bennett, Wi-HI,and Parkside School,"said Waller. "With using UMES we will have the room we need."