I have to admit that I am a HUGE basketball fan.  And living in the Mining City the last several seasons have been an absolute treat watching both high schools and the Montana Tech Orediggers compete and more often than not, succeed.  I'm also a Boston Celtics fan, so watching Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and company win Championship #18 last night was a special treat.  But with the crowning of an NBA champion comes the long drought until hoops season rolls around again next fall, and that's a long wait every year.  But in Uptown Butte, basketball fans such as myself can extend their viewing season, if only for another weekend.  Uptown Hoops tips off this Friday.

Uptown Hoops is in its new location at the Original Mineyard and there is so much to see and do.  It's a 3-on-3 tournament with age divisions from first grade all the way up to adults.  And there are some phenomenal players that show up each year.  Get up there early for the first round of games.  The National Anthem will start things off at 8:30am on Saturday followed by a shoot around and tipoff at 9.  Games will run until 5pm and then they are going to take it up a notch.  This year from 5pm to 7pm there will be a slam dunk contest, a three-point shootout and a lightning free-throw contest, all offering a $500 cash prize along with Uptown Hoops merch.  They will also recognize the winners of the kids coloring contest and dedicate the kids contests in honor and memory of Jerry Hogan.  On Sunday games will once agan begin at 9am with the awards ceremony and t shirt distribution.

It is going to be an action-packed weekend and it appears that Mother Nature is going to cooperate, so we'll catch you courtside at the Original.

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