Enchantment Region President Russ Semore announced on Thursday that Winslow would host the Enchantment Region Boys' and Girls' Basketball Tournaments on Feb 9 and 10. Final Four games will be held in Winslow after preliminary tournament games have eliminated three of the region's eight teams. The final four teams will play at Winslow to determine seeding in the Arizona State 3A Conference Tournament which will begin the following week at Northern Arizona University.
Winslow was selected to host the tournament after Tuba City High School authorities decided their facility was not ready to host such an event. The Enchantment Region Tournament usually attracts thousands of basketball fans from the regional schools. Member schools include Winslow, Tuba City, Greyhills Academy, Pinon, Monument Valley, Ganado and Window Rock.
Winslow Athletic Director Don Petranovich will have his hands full as Winslow will also host the Doc Wright Invitational Wrestling Meet on Jan. 19 and 20 and the Enchantment Region Wrestling Meet on February 3.
Enchantment Region foes Winslow and Tuba City were finalists for the Arizona State 3A Boys' and Girls' Basketball Championships last year. Both Monument Valley and Ganado were semi-finalists in the girls' tournament as well. Monument Valley and Ganado also represented the region in the boys' tournament but were eliminated before final four play.
Ordinarily, Winslow would not have hosted a regional basketball tournament for another five years or more. Such an event is seen as an economic boon to a community as many fans will follow their teams to fill motels and restaurants in the host city. The fact that Winslow was selected to host the tournament on such short notice is a credit to Athletic Director Petranovich and Winslow High School for the manner in which they have conducted similar tournaments in the past, including last year.