Postponement forces changes to Shootout


First Posted: 12/17/2010

LUMBERTON Winter weather in the Fayetteville area Thursday morning forced the 25th annual Robeson County Shootout to be delayed by a day.
Terry Sanford was unable to take part in the scheduled beginning of the tournament Thursday night because of a rule forbidding schools from Cumberland County in participating in activities if school is canceled.
Tonights slate of games include: Terry Sanford at Purnell Swett, Dillon visiting South Robeson, St. Pauls traveling to Fairmont and Lumberton playing host to Red Springs.
The schedule change also forced Robeson County Athletic Director Ronnie Chavis to make other adjustments to the Shootout.
In addition to the tournament’s start being pushed back 24 hours, Saturdays schedule has been altered as well.
The losers of the Terry Sanford-Purnell Swett boys and girls contests as well as the Dillon-South Robeson games were slated to play each other at South Robeson. Instead, those games will be moved to Purnell Swett. The girls contest will tip off at 3 p.m., followed the boys game at 4:30 p.m. The winners bracket games will still be held at Purnell Swett at 6 p.m. for the girls and 7:30 p.m. for the boys.
Lumberton will be the site for the lower half of the tournament. The games between the losers of the St. Pauls-Fairmont and Red Springs-Lumberton will be contested beginning at 3 p.m. with the girls game, followed by the boys clash at 4:30 p.m. Those contests were originally set for Fairmont.
The winners bracket games will still be played at Lumberton starting with the girls contest at approximately 6 p.m., with the boys contest at 7:30 p.m.
This does not end the changes for this seasons Shootout. Because of the switch to a Monday finish, Chavis said all of the coaches decided to opt out of playing third, fifth and seventh place contests. Instead, the only contests slated for Monday will be the boys and girls championships at Lumberton. The girls championship will tip off at 6 p.m. followed by the boys title tilt 15 minutes after the conclusion of the girls game.
Chavis added this is only the second time in the Shootouts history that all games will not be played.
Only two times in 25 years isnt too bad, Chavis said. Both times were because of weather.

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