Rotary Club of South Whidbey won the trophy and seven other nonprofits shared the loot from the first March Madness South Whidbey Style basketball tournament.
Eight teams representing Whidbey Island nonprofits competed for the title and raised money Sunday morning. Friends of Friends Medical Support Group, Good Cheer, Goosefoot, Hearts and Hammers, Helping Hand, South Whidbey Commons, Ryan’s House For Youth and Rotary all fielded teams in the March 24 tournament.
Some teams played for sport, some teams played for fun; some teams played basketball by the rules, some teams didn’t know there were rules. All $652 raised at the event will find its way back into the community.
In the end, Rotary’s talent won the five-on-five tournament, the trophy and $175. Louis Muniz, Rotary’s team captain, said the money would go toward constructing an outdoor basketball court at South Whidbey Community Park.
Tournament organizers said they owe its success to many people, including the eight nonprofits and their teams and referees Greg Hein, Paul Sarkis, Steve Shapiro, Paul Thompson, Leslie Tidball, Rick Urban, Jeff White and Don Heggeness.
Scorekeeping was handled by the Langley Middle School girls basketball team: Bayley Gochanour, Anna Leski, Bailey Forsyth, Emily Turpin and Megan Drake; and the SWHS boys and girls basketball teams.
Raffle prizes were furnished by The Goose, Mukilteo Coffee, Sebo’s Do-it Center and Moonraker Books.
Christi Ruscigno, speaking for the tournament organizers, also thanked Muniz for advising the tournament; Greg Hein for referee advising; Kyle Simchuck, announcing; Jason Kalk, scorekeeping; Nancy Welles, bracket management; Christine Nyburg, poster creation; Buffy Cribbs and Katrina Hude, trophy; Drew’s List; Scott Mauk and Athletic Secretary Renee Bilyeu; South Whidbey Booster Club and Nancy Thelen; Jenny Gochanour; Sherry Smith and Brian Miller, South Whidbey High School facilities; Carrie Monforte, South Whidbey Parks and Recreation; and the Friends of Friends Medical Support Fund board.