It will be hoops all weekend long in Wellfleet and Eastham when the 22nd annual Sonny Roderick Memorial Billingsgate/Invitational Basketball Tournament begins in Wellfleet Friday evening. Boys and girls (men and women too) from across the Lower Cape will compete all weekend long March 21 through March 23 in what organizers call "local March Madness" at the "original fleet center".
Games will be played at Wellfleet Elementary School, 100 Lawrence Road in Wellfleet and at Nauset Regional High School, 100 Cable Road in North Eastham.
There are 35 teams this year with players competing in one of five categories: 3/4 grade, 5/6 grade, 7/8 grade, high school and adult.
The tournament is sponsored by the Wellfleet Recreation Department and the Wellfleet Police Association with assistance from Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School.
According to the event's Facebook page, Wellfleet's own Settie Bellnier Dixon will kick off play on Friday in Wellfleet and Saturday in Eastham by singing the National Anthem. There will also be a moment of silence for four young local men* who passed away tragically this year: Logan Dunne, Miles Tibbetts, Kevin Fitzgerald and Louie LeBart. According to Wellfleet Recreation Dept. Director Becky Rosenberg, all four young men and their families have been involved with town rec for years. "They represented all that is right in our community," Rosenberg said, a sentiment that will be echoed in the tournament program guide.
First up on Friday, it's 5th/6th grade boys P-Town vs. Truro Rec. on Court 1 at 5 p.m. and 5th/6th grade girls Eastham Rec. vs. Truro Rec. on Court 2 at 5 p.m. at WES. See the complete tournament schedule here. Tournament details are available here.
The tournament was given Sonny Roderick's name in 2008 after he passed away unexpectedly. Mr. Roderick was the Director of Truro Recreation at the time of his death. "It's our honor to rename the tournament for him," Becky Rosenberg told the Cape Codder in 2008.
*Donations honoring the four young men may be made as follows: