It looks like the Gus Macker basketball tournament will not be played in Zanesville this summer. The Zanesville Lil’ Devils and the Muskingum County Fair Board announced today that they must relinquish the responsibility of hosting the annual event. In a statement released today the groups go on to say the late notification of the host availability as well as the lack of commitment from title sponsors led to this difficult decision. Zanesville High School football coach Chad Grandstaff...
The Gus Macker three on three basketball tournament in Zanesville has a new sponsor and a new location.
The Zanesville Downtown Association is transferring operations of the tournament over to the Zanesville Little Devils Football Program and the tournament will be held at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds.
"We're excited to not have this leave Zanesville and be able to continue to promote athletics in the area," said Chad Grandstaff, Zanesville High School Football...
For some local organizations, Gus Macker is a prime time to raise money.
Many organizations take advantage of the thousands of people that gather at the event to raise money to better the community.
"Our main purpose for the fundraiser is we have, is to help clothe needy children here in Zanesville and Muskingum County, and we operate the snow cone booth here at Gus Macker," says Todd Bickle with the Zanesville Newsies.
Players may be going home a little soaked tonight.
Despite the weather, the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament continued in downtown Zanesville.
"This is the most sustained bad weather we've had. We've had lightning and had to clear the court, but to come in here and have rain for the opening ceremony, lightning, and then clearing...we survived it, and we're ready for another day, " says Downtown Association Manager, Dana Matz.
Gus Macker volunteers were busy registering participants Friday afternoon.
Teams were able to beat the crowds Saturday by getting signed in early.
"We have I think almost 500 teams registered and you can imagine how it would be if we had that many teams coming at once, so we usually get a lot of kids tonight with their parents mainly and then the adults will come tomorrow and register," says Teanna Hrinko, committee member.
As people gear up for the 14th annual gus macker tournament, volunteers began transforming fifth street into the three on three basketball courts.
Crews temporarily closed fifth street to set up the courts for the tournament which begins this saturday.
"Today we had anywhere from 20 to 25 volunteers show up along with some city help and some county help as well and uh, that made today go very smoothly, " says Mike Bryan, Logistics Chairman of Gus Macker.
The Zanesville Police Department is prepared to take appropriate actions against anyone who misbehaves during this weekend's Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, and place people in jail if needed.
Sergeant Chris Phipps says in addition to the assigned weekend crews, ZPD will have several extra off-duty officers working for security reasons.
"We'll be doing static patrol, covering the major areas to make sure that everyone is safe and everything goes as smoothly as...