Jefferson MLK Tournament Stacked


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


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