The inaugural Leech Lake 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament will be held June 8-9 at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School.

The double-elimination tournament is capped at 16 teams and is a fundraiser for the WHA  Boys’ Basketball Booster Club.  

Two teams from the Twin Cities and four local teams have already committed. The buy-in is $400 per team. First place receives 60 percent off the total buy-in, second 25 and third 15 percent.

Register by contacting cduff_25@yahoo.com or call or text (218) 766-7293.

The committee is also looking for local sponsors to help pay for referees, as all other expenses have been convered.

“My vision is to bring in talent from across the state. I want to show the current high school athletes what is out there and bring a high level of basketball to our hometown for all basketball fans to enjoy,” said organizer Chris Duff, who spent four years at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. “With this tournament I hope to show the youth as well as all community members high level athletes and very competitive basketball.”

Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for students.

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