61ST ANNUAL WHATABURGER BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT TO HOST AMERICA’S TOP-TIER HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS
48 boys and girls teams to compete for championship titles and $1,000 scholarships
FORT WORTH, Texas – Dec. 4, 2018 – The Whataburger Basketball Tournament, hailed by USA Today and Sports Illustrated as one of the nation’s top holiday tournaments, returns to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for its 61st year. The tournament kicks off Thursday, Dec. 27 through Saturday, Dec. 29.
With humble beginnings dating back to 1958, the Whataburger Basketball tournament has grown from just eight teams to a 48-team basketball showdown featuring talent from across the state and beyond, including out-of-state competitors from Little Rock Parkview.
More than 30,000 spectators, including college scouts and coaches, are expected to take part in the action-packed three-day tournament at three area high school gyms. The 5,000-seat Birdville Independent School District’s W.G. Thomas Coliseum will host the Boys Orange Division, the 1,700-seat Chisholm Trail High School arena will host the Boys Blue Division and the 2,200-seat Saginaw High School arena will host the Girls Blue Division.
In its storied history, the Whataburger Basketball Tournament has provided a national spotlight for players that went on to professional careers as players and coaches with the NBA. Tournament veterans include Sam Cassel, assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers. In addition to going home champions, the winning team in each division will also earn a $1,000 scholarship from Whataburger.
“We’re proud to bring families and fans together to witness the rising stars in the Whataburger Basketball Tournament,” said Whataburger Director of Operations Scott Phillips. “We know how much hard work and dedication the athletes put into this game, and Whataburger couldn’t be happier to see them succeed.”
Fans interested in witnessing history can purchase tickets at each of the tournament’s three venues. Tickets are $9 for a single day pass on Dec. 27 and 28, $10 for a single day pass on Dec. 29, $24 for a three-day pass at a single venue, $36 for a three-day pass at Chisholm Trail and Saginaw venues and $55 for a three-day pass for all games and venues throughout the competition.
“This year’s tournament is jam-packed with incredible talent from Texas and beyond,” said Tournament Director Tom Rogers. “The Whataburger Basketball Tournament continues to set the stage for players to showcase their skills. We’re excited to see a little friendly competition and end the year with some great basketball.”
For additional information including brackets, rankings and specific player statistics, visit Whataburger-BBT.org. During the tournament, updated scores and game schedules will be posted in real time on Facebook. Here are the participating teams:
Arkansas Little Rock Parkview
Fort Worth Northwest
Katy Morton Ranch
San Antonio Wagner
South Grand Prairie
Argyle Liberty Christian
Argyle Liberty Christian
Tuscola Jim Ned
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Whataburger has focused on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dobson gave his restaurant a name he hoped to hear customers say every time they took a bite of his made-to-order burgers: “What a burger!” Within the first week, people lined up around the block for his 25 cent, 100 percent beef burgers served on five-inch buns. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 820 locations in 10 states with sales of more than $2 billion annually. Visit www.whataburger.com for more information.