The Foley High School (FHS) girls’ basketball team had a remarkable season making it to the Elite Eight of that AHSAA State Championship tournament. After a strong season, some might think they’d be taking a rest, but instead, they’re teaming up with the FHS boys’ basketball team to host the FHS Summer Varsity Showdown, June 12 – 13, at the Foley Event Center.
FHS boys team coach and tournament director, George Minoso, discussed the second year event and the growth from year one.
“Last year we hosted 66 varsity and junior varsity games. This year we are hosting 105 varsity games,” Minoso said. “We had 12 teams that were willing to be placed on a waiting list.”
The 40 teams making the trip hail from both Alabama and Florida. Minoso explained there are some heavy hitters registered so spectators will not be disappointed.
“The uniqueness of having six games played simultaneously means there is a lot of talent that will be on display,” Minoso said. “The fact, for example, is that you could watch Hoover and Baker boys play, and then turn around to watch McGill and Foley girls play at the same time. That’s makes it an electric atmosphere.”
That atmosphere is something that hopes to keep teams returning in the future, said Foley Director of Recreation and Sports Tourism, David Thompson.
“We are so proud of the way our hometown teams put their hearts into every game,” Thompson said. “When they don those jerseys they represent our city in a way we can all be proud of. Now it’s our turn to make them proud and show their opponents what an amazing place Foley is to play but also to experience off the court thanks to our amazing hospitality.”
The FHS Summer Varsity Showdown will start each day at 9 a.m., June 12 – 13, at the Foley Event Center, and the final day (June 14) will be held at Foley High School. Spectators are welcome and there will be a $5 charge for admission.
For more information on this tournament or and Foley Sports Tourism event visit our events page.