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Trailblazer Classic set to take place Dec. 15-20, showcases middle school play

For the basketball enthusiast, the 2011 Trailblazer Classic is a must-see event.
The five-day tournament includes 44 teams from eight different counties. The Classic doesn’t just include high schools either. The event also opens Boone’s doors to a significant amount of boys’ and girls’ middle school teams as well as a freshman team tournament.
The tournament is set to take place Dec. 15-20 at Daniel Boone High School.
The event will be highlighted by the boys’ and girls’ middle school tournament that begins Dec. 15. Middle school teams takeing part will include Sulphur Springs, Blountville, Robinson, Church Hill, Holston, Little Milligan, Boones Creek, Unicoi, West View, Sullivan North, Gray, Hampton, Grandview, Ridgeview, Surgoinsville, Lamar, Vance, Greeneville, Jonesborough, and Holston Valley. The first round will be played on Thursday and Friday, with the quarterfinals taking place Saturday, the semifinals on Monday and championship games on Tuesday.
The freshman tournament will be played at Gray Middle beginning on Dec. 15. First round contests will feature David Crockett against Hampton, Volunteer against West, Johnson County versus Greeneville and Boone will face off against Cloudland.
Varsity high schools will also participate in the event during two days of games. These high schools include Daniel Boone, David Crockett, Cloudland and South Greene. Both Boone and Crockett will play each visiting opponent Dec. 16-17.
The Trailblazer Classic is one of the biggest middle school events of the basketball season, allowing middle school teams an opportunity to face competition they haven’t seen before.
Games will be played in the main and auxiliary gyms at Daniel Boone High School as well as at Gray Middle School.