Five years ago the J-Hawk MLK Showcase started off with eight teams and a vision. Now it has nearly doubled in size as more quality teams are climbing on board.
This years event will take place Saturday, January 14 and Monday January 16 at Jefferson High School.
Newcomers to the event this year include Waukegan, Normal University High, Elgin Larkin and Toledo Rogers of Toledo, Ohio.
South Elgin has returned after a one-year absence. Five NIC-10 teams will also compete: Jefferson, Boylan, Harlem, Belvidere and Guilford.
Jefferson coach Todd Brannan has watched the event grow. “Our first year we started we had eight teams. Four local teams and four out-of-town teams. We’ve grown this year to I think it’s 14 or 15 teams. One team is coming all the way from Toledo, Ohio. A number of really strong teams in the state of Illinois. I think it’s as balanced as it has been. We’re hoping the community will come out and support us.”
Following is the schedule of games:
MLK Showcase schedule (At Jefferson)
Saturday, Jan. 14
Ct. 1, 10:30 a.m. Deerfield vs. Boylan
Ct. 2, 10:30 a.m. Harlem vs. Batavia
Ct. 1, 12:00 p.m. Belvidere vs. Elgin Larkin
Ct. 2, 12:00 p.m. Guilford vs. South Elgin
Ct. 1, 1:30 p.m. Johnsburg vs. Jefferson
Ct. 1, 3:00 p.m. South Elgin vs. Harlem
Ct. 1, 4:30 p.m. Elgin Larkin vs. Deerfield
Ct. 2, 4:30 p.m. Batavia vs. Belvidere
Ct. 1, 6:00 p.m. Jefferson vs. Chicago Vocational
Ct. 2, 6:00 p.m. Johnsburg vs. Guilford
Ct. 1, 7:30 p.m. Boylan vs. Toledo Rogers
Monday, Jan. 16
Ct. 1, 9:00 a.m. Deerfield vs. Harlem
Ct. 2, 9:00 a.m. Guilford vs. Batavia
Ct. 1, 10:30 a.m. Johnsburg vs. Belvidere
Ct. 1, 12:00 p.m. Jefferson vs. Normal University
Ct. 2, 12:00 p.m. Toledo Rogers vs. Deerfield
Ct. 1, 1:30 p.m. Boylan vs. Batavia
Ct. 2, 1:30 p.m. Belvidere vs. South Elgin
Ct. 1, 3:00 p.m. Harlem vs. Elgin Larkin
Ct. 1, 4:30 p.m. Normal University vs. Guilford
Ct. 2, 4:30 p.m. South Elgin vs. Johnsburg
Ct. 1, 6:00 p.m. Waukegan vs. Jefferson
Ct. 1, 7:30 p.m. Elgin Larkin vs. Boylan