With six days to the official start of the 2015 Upcountry Basketball Tournament, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has announced that everything is set for the tournament, which runs from Thursday, November 5 to Saturday, November 8.
The four-day basketball festival will be held for the first time (over two decades), at the Ganta United Methodist School in Ganta, Nimba County.
The Youth and Sports Ministry has announced that 11 schools from five counties have confirmed their participation.
The participating schools are defending champions, St. Martins, Gboveh High, and William V.S. Tubman-Gray from Bong County.
Others are Zorzor Central High and LTI from Lofa County; C. H. Dewey from Bomi County and Brumskine High School from Grand Bassa County.
The remaining schools are from the host county – Ganta United Methodist School; St. Mary’s, Bishop Carroll and LASS.
It may be recalled that in 2013 Margibi-based Booker Washington Institute (BWI) whipped Ganta United Methodist High School 50-47 to win the reactivated Championship at the William V.S Tubman Gray United Methodist High School Gymnasium in Gbarnga City.
Ganta United Methodist lost the gigantic trophy when they suffered similar defeat at the hands of St. Martin High School in 2012.
The competition was initiated in the 1970s to help promote the game among high schools in the central region, which at the time comprised of Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties. It is named in honor of Dr. Harold McGowan, a legendary Peace Corps volunteer who inaugurated the tournament about three decades ago.
The amount of US$13,000 has been allotted in the national budget.