March 2015 – August 2017
The Bartlesville Sports Commission will be hosting the fourth annual Great American Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships March 5-8, 2015. Prior to the GAC championships the BSC hosted the Lone Star Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships for four years. Both of these NCAA Division II conferences thoroughly enjoyed their time in Bartlesville, were impressed with both the facilities and the town and were very grateful to all of the volunteers who worked to put on the outstanding events.
The Great American Conference is headquartered in Russellville, Arkansas and is made up of twelve universities. With the addition of several new hotels in the last few years, Bartlesville has more than ample lodging available to accommodate teams, bands, cheerleaders, school administrators and fans – all within a few minutes of the arena.
The GAC Championship games are played in the local high school gymnasium located just south of downtown Bartlesville. This facility is only eight years old and boasts four locker rooms for the teams, two locker rooms for the officials as well as a locker room for cheerleaders. In addition it has a state of the art trainer’s room with access to all teams. The facility has two hospitality rooms for coaches, officials, school administrators, media and tournament personnel as well as a media room for media personnel as well as an interview area for coaches after the games. Many of the coaches and players from the conference teams have commented that this is the best facility they have played in throughout their season.
The BSC has over 300 volunteers that help to put these tournaments on. Most of these volunteers have worked the six previous championships and have already signed up to work the 2015 tournaments. The BSC has shown over the past seven years that they put on well-run, professional tournaments and that is why the players, coaches and school administrators love coming to Bartlesville. If you would like to volunteer please fill out the volunteer form and submit it to Karen Befort at email@example.com.
The 8th Annual Bartlesville Athletic Hall of Fame Gala is right around the corner! The event will take place on Saturday, November 14th at 6:30pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Bartlesville. This year’s inductees include Viki Streets, Tim Tolin, Paul Geymann, the Blazer Softball Organization and the 1966 Col-Hi Girls Swim Team. Don’t miss this great event! Individual tickets, tables of eight and half-tables of four are available now. Contact Matt Bretz to buy your tickets today 918.213.9334.
The Bartlesville Sports Commission has hosted the Great American Conference Men and Women’s Basketball Championships since the conference was formed in 2011. This will be the fifth year for the BSC to host this very competitive championship at the Bruin Fieldhouse.
The festivities will begin on Wednesday, March 2nd with the annual GAC Awards Banquet held in the Phillips 66 auditorium. All 16 teams will be present with the top achievers for the year recognized for their achievements.
The Men’s Quarterfinals will be played on Thursday with two games in the afternoon session and two games in the evening session. While the men are playing their games on Thursday the women’s teams will be at Red Apple Bowling Alley bowling with special education kids from local schools. This community project has become one of the most popular events of the week; these kids truly look forward to “bowling with the girls” all year long.
On Friday the four Women’s Quarterfinal games will be played at Bruin Fieldhouse. While the women are playing the men’s teams will visit eight local elementary schools and have the opportunity to visit with young boys and girls about staying in school, playing sports and being good students. This community project has become tradition and is always a huge hit with the young students and is also a rewarding experience for the GAC student athletes.
During the evening session on Friday the fans will be in for a real treat as Rumble, the renowned mascot of the Oklahoma City Thunder, will be entertaining young and old alike with all of his antics during pregame, timeouts, halftime and between games. This will be the fifth year for Rumble to attend the tournament and we are excited to have him back!
Each of the 16 teams that participates in the tournament is “adopted” by a local business, group, or family. These host groups greet the teams upon arrival, give them a small gift and support their team during the Championship.
This year there will be two Bartlesville High School graduates playing in the tournament. Nick Shoemaker is a sophomore playing for the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Bulldogs and Hailey Tucker is a freshman playing for the Lady SWOSU Dawgs. Both of these young players had outstanding high school careers and will have many local fans anxious to see them in action again.
The BSC is looking forward to hosting these Championships the first weekend in March and we encourage everyone to come out to watch some great basketball. Also, if you are interested in volunteering to help the BSC out during the tournament we would love to have you. Please click on the volunteer button to sign up and if you have any questions please email Karen Befort at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the tournament!
1:00 Shotgun start
Entry fee is $20 for Hillcrest members and $100 for non-Hillcrest members. This covers the green fee, cart, lunch and a “FOL” cap. Donations to the Larry Houchin Sportsmanship Award scholarship can be made the day of the tournament. Donations may also be mailed to:
Bartlesville Community Foundation
Attn: Shawn Crawford
208 E. 4th St
Bartlesville, OK 74003
Designate your donation is for the Larry Houchin Sportsmanship Award.
JIM CONNER: 1979 BHS graduate, individual state tennis champion 1978 & 1979
MITCH NASH: 1985 BHS graduate, played football and was on Oklahoma Coaches All-State Team
Doyle “Tink” Patterson: Coach. Football coach from 1974-1978 before becoming Vice Principal at Central, followed by being the first Athletic Director for Bartlesville Public Schools from 1982-1996.
1989 Bruin Basketball Team: 5A State Champions
Phillips 66 Splash Club: Community Award. Founded December 1950, with numerous members receiving state and national honors