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Gold Medal Classic basketball tournament in Hermansville delayed a month

HERMANSVILLE — The 82nd annual Gold Medal Classic Independent Basketball Tournament held annually in the northern Menominee County community of Hermansville has been postponed by about a month.

The tourney that was scheduled to start this week and run through March 29 is now set for April 16-26 at the Meyer Township Community Club in Hermansville.

Class A and the women’s division are scheduled for April 18-19 with Class B and junior high divisions the following weekend, April 25-26.

The event was postponed due to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s directive to not hold gathering of more than 250 people due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

The tournament committee met with the Meyer Township board on Sunday and upon the recommendation of the baord, tourney organizers decided to postpone, but not cancel the event.

“We felt that this was the best decision at the current time,” said Bryan Maule, who has been involved in the tournament for nearly 30 years. “To keep the integrity of the tournament, this will be the only postponement we will schedule. If the state of things in regards to precautionary measures are what they currently are a month from now, the tournament will not be held in 2020 and will resume in March 2021.”

A new division being worked on is what the committee calls the Exhibition Division, a way for high school basketball teams to pick up and put an end to their seasons. It was specifically meant for schools who’s teams had yet to be eliminated when the MHSAA called off their schedules on Thursday.

“If things in regards to the high school post eason tournaments don’t change, and it’s not completed, this will be an opportunity for area teams who have yet to be eliminated from the postseason to have a place to play, for closure of not only their season, but for the seniors to play one last time with their teammates,” Maule said.

There would be no entry fees charged, nor would the competitors receive any awards or trophies, Maule noted. That would be in order to hot break any MHSAA rules.

Teams that have already expressed interest in this are North Central, Carney-Nadeau and Menominee. Other invitations to other teams will also be extended in the coming days, Maule noted.

The new deadline for entry is April 11 at midnight CDT. To enter a team or for further questions, call Bryan Maule at 295-0153.

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