A one-day job action involving District School Board of Niagara has resulted in a change to the schedule of the 65th annual Welland Tribune Boys Basketball Tournament. All opening-round games will take place Thursday morning rather than the planned date, Wednesday, January 8. Quarter-final matchups will start Thursday afternoon.
Don Larman, tournament co-convener, explained the changes in an emailed statement Sunday evening:
“It makes sense to slot in the early round games by doubling up games during the first round with the second round opening up the tournament on Thursday.
“We had a Plan B and a schedule prepared going into the holiday break should there be a delay for any reason to our tournament kickoff on January 8. We had reached out to all of our sites prior to the break and all of the schools, Centennial, Crossley, Jean Vanier and Notre Dame, were on board with our plan.
“Our site conveners, Kelly Spiers, Aaron Belding, Brian Bleich, Eric Labonte and Mark Gallagher, at these schools worked throughout the weekend with their respective school administrators to solidify our plan which included our buyout games. Thanks to them and the principals and other community partners we are able to tip off the tourney with our full slate of games on Thursday morning.”
The revised bracket shows 16 games will be played on Day 1, including six at Notre Dame, four each at Centennial and Vanier, and two at Crossley.
Part of the Thursday morning action are three buyout games: Governor Simcoe at Centennial, 8:30 a.m., Westlane at Jean Vanier at 9 a.m. and Port Colborne at E.L. Crossley at 10:30 a.m.
Notre Dame is the defending tournament champion while Greater Fort Erie won the consolation championship last year.
District School Board of Niagara is one of eight Ontario school boards that will see secondary teachers and education workers participate in the one-day walkout on Wednesday.