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H.S. Hoops Tourney Honoring 'Fitz' Tips Off

SPOKANE, Wash. - Tippin' off "The Fitz."
This weekend eight boys' high school basketball teams are competing in "The Fitz," a tournament honoring the legacy of the late Dan Fitzgerald, the coach widely credited with laying the groundwork for the highly successful Gonzaga University men's basketball program.  

The event will be staged Fri., Dec. 2, and Sat. Dec. 3 at Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane.

"We are all very excited to be able to create this kind of legacy to Dan and to bring a high-quality high school tournament to Spokane," tournament director Greg Heinrichs said. "Dan was a great coach and an even better man. Our goal is to create the kind of event that he would be proud of and a tournament that every high school in America will want to participate in."

Proceeds will benefit the Spokane Boys and Girls Club and the Dan Fitzgerald scholarship at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif. Fitzgerald coached at Mitty early in his career before spending 15 years as the head man at Gonzaga, compiling over 250 wins and taking the school to its first NCAA Tournament in 1995.

"The Fitz" will have a Spokane feel to it with area teams Cheney, Lewis and Clark, Mead and Shadle Park, featuring recent Washington State verbal commitment Brett Boese. Camas, Kelso, Richland and West Valley (Yakima) will also be in the field.

The event was kicked off with a banquet held Thursday night at the Northern Quest Resort. Meantime here's the schedule of games this weekend:

Dec. 2
4 p.m. – Kelso vs. Shadle Park
5:30 p.m. – Cheney vs. West Valley
7:30 p.m. – Camas vs. Lewis and Clark
9 p.m. – Mead vs. Richland
Dec. 3
11 a.m. – Cheney vs. Kelso
12:30 p.m. – Camas vs. Mead
2:30 p.m. – Lewis and Clark vs. Richland
4 p.m. – Shadle Park vs. West Valley