HAECO INVITATIONAL PRESENTED BY NEWBRIDGE BANK INTRODUCES HSXtra NIGHT

For immediate release.                                                                                                Dec. 22, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The semifinal day of the 2014 HAECO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank has been designated HSXtra night, the tournament announced today.  The 39th annual HAECO Invitational is set for Dec. 26, 27 and 29 at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center.

The Greensboro News & Record recently debuted www.hsxtra.com, its high school sports website. Fans of high school sports can find extensive coverage of high school sports on the site including the News & Record’s sports rankings, columns, blogs and photos from recent events.  News & Record high school editor Joe Sirera drives the content and is a major contributor to the site. 

To raise awareness of its new high school sports website, the News & Record is sponsoring the semifinal round at this year’s HAECO Invitational.  Saturday night, Dec. 27 will be called HSXtra night.  News & Record personnel will be on site with a giveaway for two tickets and a parking pass to see the No. 2 ranked Duke Blue Devils take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem Wednesday night, Jan. 7, 2015 in Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball.  Sirera will be on hand to not only cover the tournament but also to visit with tournament-goers regarding the site, their high school and their teams. HSXtra t-shirts will be tossed to fans in the stands during breaks in tournament action.    

The HAECO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank is an annual high school basketball tournament in Greensboro, N.C.  Founded in 1976 as the Little 4 Invitational, the tournament features men’s and women’s teams representing eight Guilford County high schools playing at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.  Tournament proceeds are donated to local charities and the participating schools; the HAECO Invitational is planned and implemented by the Greensboro Sports Council.  For more information, please visit www.HAECOInvitational.com and follow the event on Twitter: @HAECOinvit.


38th Annual TIMCO Invitational

Presented by NewBridge Bank

Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center; December 26-28, 2013

Pre-Tournament Notes

For Immediate Release.                                                                                   Dec. 10, 2013 

►  Championship Day Schedule Change:  Championship game times will move two hours earlier this year at the TIMCO.  Historically, the women’s championship game has begun at 6 p.m. with the men’s championship following at approximately 8 p.m. which occasionally caused the men’s championship game to end after 10 p.m.  This year, championship day is on a Saturday; in order to provide as much scheduling flexibility as possible, the championship day schedule was moved up two hours to enable those with evening plans to keep them.  In addition, the earlier start times will get small children home at a more reasonable hour and allow families to attend the championship games together.   

►  Aviation Jobs Fair:  New at the TIMCO Invitational this year is an aviation jobs fair.  At this point, TIMCO, HondaJet, GTCC, the United States Air Force and NewBridge Bank are scheduled to be included. It is possible additional entities could join the jobs fair between now and the TIMCO Invitational. Additional details will be released closer to the event.

►  More than $1.3 Million Contributed to the Schools:  Many things make the TIMCO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank an exceptional high school basketball tournament, but what makes the TIMCO Invitational unique is that tournament proceeds are donated to charity and the participating schools.  Last year, the eight participating schools each received $13,500 meaning the tournament donated $108,000 to the schools.  In the last 14 years, the Greensboro Sports Council has now donated more than $1.3 Million to the schools that participated in the tournament. 

►  Sponsors Help with Advertising: Several TIMCO Invitational sponsors are helping advertise the tournament through their in-kind sponsorships.  Fairway Outdoor Advertising is once again providing static and digital billboards while the Greensboro News & Record, WFMY-TV, Rock 92, 107.5 WKZL, 98.7 Simon, 102 Jamz, 97.1, QMG, 93.1 The Wolf and Sports Carolina Monthly are also advertising the tournament as in-kind sponsors. 

►  Sponsorship:  TIMCO Invitational revenue comes from ticket sales and sponsorships; sales success contributes directly to how much money is donated to charities and the schools each year.  The Greensboro Sports Council is very active in raising funds for the tournament, but for the 10th- consecutive year, participating schools are sharing in the sponsorship sales efforts.  Each school is soliciting a minimum of $1,500 in sponsorship.  TIMCO Invitational sponsorship is among the most economical sports marketing opportunities available to Piedmont Triad companies. 

►  Charity:    In addition to making its donations to the participating schools, the TIMCO Invitational makes charitable contributions.  This year, the tournament will make a donation to The First Tee of the Triad.  The goal of The First Tee is to provide the golf-learning facilities and experience that will enable kids from every walk of life to partake of a game that teaches values for life and which can be played for a lifetime. The First Tee, an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, has as its mission, “To impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character-development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.”  For more information, please visit www.firstteetriad.org. Past tournament proceeds have been contributed to Greensboro Urban Ministries, Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test, the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer, Children’s Home Society, the Eastern Guilford High School Fund, the Joey Cheek Fund, North Carolina State Games and the Girls and Boys Club.

►  Honorary Chairman:  Longtime Greensboro Sports Council member Irwin Smallwood is this year’s TIMCO Invitational Honorary Chairman. Smallwood spent nearly a half century as a writer and editor of the Greensboro News & Record working in both the news and sports departments.  He was at Sedgefield Country Club in 1953 when the Atlantic Coast Conference was created and has been a part of the Greensboro sports landscape for decades.  Smallwood pioneered golf writing in North Carolina, but he did not limit himself to PGA TOUR events.  He had equal enthusiasm for covering junior tournaments, city amateurs, state amateurs and other events.  In 2004, the media center at the Wyndham Championship was named in his honor.  He is a member of the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame.  

►       Bill Lee Scholarship: The Bill Lee Scholarship has been awarded to four TIMCO Invitational participants again this year.  Since its inception, 52 students have been awarded this scholarship which was established in 2001 in memory of Bill Lee, a Greensboro native and resident who was a major supporter of local sports.  He was deeply involved with Greensboro’s minor league baseball efforts, basketball and golf.  The Greensboro Sports Council established the scholarship following Lee’s death in 2001.  Recipients are nominated by their schools, and the Greensboro Sports Council awards the scholarships.  Each nomination is considered with the following criteria:  40% academic, 40% athletic and 20% civic.  Four student-athletes receive a scholarship each year.

►        Steak ‘N Shake Shooters Shootout: The Steak ‘N Shake Shooters Shootout, a halftime basketball shooting contest, returns to the TIMCO this year.  The Steak ‘N Shake Shooters Shootout will be conducted during each of the 24 tournament games.  During halftime, a maximum of 50 people may purchase a Steak ‘N Shake Shooters Shootout ticket for $1 for one chance to shoot a free throw.  Those that make will advance to the next round until one shooter remains on each end.  Those two shooters will shoot again to determine a winner for that game who earns a Steak ‘N Shake gift certificate for an order of Shooters (mini cheeseburgers) and a TIMCO Invitational T-Shirt.  Winners from individual games no longer advance to a winner’s competition on championship night as each halftime features its own competition.

►  The Tournament:  The TIMCO Invitational was founded in 1976 as the Little 4.  At that time, the Big Four Atlantic Coast Conference schools, Duke, N.C. State, UNC-Chapel Hill and Wake Forest, competed in the Big 4 Tournament in the Greensboro Coliseum.  The TIMCO Invitational was created to mirror the tournament that showcased North Carolina’s ACC teams and raise funds for the participating high schools’ athletic programs.  In 1978, the tournament expanded to eight teams with Ragsdale, High Point Andrews, High Point Central and Thomasville High School joining the original four.  The next two years, in 1979 and ’80, the tournament returned to its original four schools before expanding to eight teams permanently in 1981.  The women’s side of the tournament began in 1980.  The TIMCO Invitational is now widely considered the most successful holiday basketball tournament in North Carolina. 

►  2012 Tournament Recap:  In last year’s TIMCO Invitational, both top seeds held serve.  The Greensboro Day School Bengals charged to the championship defeating Grimsley, Ragsdale and Page on the way to coach Freddy Johnson’s record 11th men’s title.  On the women’s side, the Page Pirates knocked off Northeast Guilford, Northwest Guilford and Smith High School.  It was the 12th TIMCO Invitational title for the Lady Pirates in 16 championship-game appearances – both tournament records. 

►   Amazing Runs: 

■         Before losing in the 2009 men’s semifinals, Greensboro Day School won 17 consecutive TIMCO Invitational games including four consecutive championships in 2005 - ’08. Greensboro Day is the only men’s team to win four consecutive titles. 

■         Greensboro Day School men’s coach Freddy Johnson has won 11 TIMCO Invitational titles – more than any other coach in tournament history.

■         The Page High School women won four straight in 1988 – ‘92 and the Western Guilford High School women did it 1992-‘94.  

■         After joining the tournament in 2000, the Northwest Guilford lady Vikings have played in the championship game in seven of the last10 years winning three times.  Coach Darlene Joyner joined the Vikings in 2002, and all of their championship-game appearances have come under Coach Joyner meaning she has made seven appearances in the championship game in her 11 seasons as the Vikings’ coach. 

■         Either Page High School or Northwest Guilford has played in every women’s championship game since 2003. Page has played in three of the last four, and Northwest has played in seven of the last 10.

■         Page star Paris Kea will be trying to become the first three-time MVP in tournament history.  Four players have done it twice, but none has done it three times. 

  

►  Women’s Stats:  The Page Pirates have won more women’s tournaments than any other school with 12 titles.  The Lady Pirates have played for the championship 17 times, also more than any other team. With last year’s title, the Lady Pirates now own more team championships than any other team in tournament history – men or women.

■ Championships                                        ■ Title Game Appearances

■   Page High School             12                  ■         Page High School                    17

■   Grimsley High School      5                    ■         Smith High School                  10

■   Western Guilford             4                    ■         Dudley High School                 9

■   Northeast Guilford          3                    ■         Grimsley High School              7

■   Smith High School            3                    ■         Northwest Guilford                 7

■   Northwest Guilford         3                    ■         Western Guilford                     6

■   Dudley High School         1                    ■         NortheastGuilford                   5

■   Ragsdale High School      1                    ■         Eastern Guilford                      2

■   Ragsdale High School   1

 

►  Men’s Stats: Greensboro Day School has won more men’s championships than any other school taking top honors 11 times.  Dudley High School still holds the mark for the most title-game appearances with 19. 

■ Championships                                    Title Game Appearances

■   Greensboro Day           11                 ■         Dudley High School                19

■   Dudley High School      10                 ■         Greensboro Day School        15

■   Page High School           8                   ■         Grimsley High School            13

■   Grimsley High School    6                   ■         Page High School                   12

■   Smith High School          2                   ■         Smith High School                   7

                                                                      ■         Northern Guilford                  2

                                                                      ■         Northeast Guilford                 2

                                                                      ■         Southeast Guilford                  1

                                                                      ■         Southwest Guilford                 1

                                                                      ■         Eastern Guilford                      1

                                                                      ■         Ragsdale High School              1

                                                                      ■         Northern Guilford                    1

►Coaching Statistics:

Women’s Wins by Coach:                                                      Men’s Wins by Coach:

-       Luke McKeel (PHS)                     7                                  - Freddy Johnson (GDS)        11

-       Ginger Moore (WG)                    4                                  - Mac Morris (PHS)                 7

-       Debbie Jones (PHS)                    3                                  - David Price (DHS)                 7

-       Darlene Joyner (NWG)              3                                  - Phil Weaver (GHS)                 4

-       Phil Weaver (GHS)                      3                                  - Bill Chambers (DHS)             1

-       Mike Bradley (NEG)                    2                                  - Jack Chatham (DHS)             1

-       Rick Hartsook (GHS)                   2                                  - Darren Corbett (GHS)         1

-       Kathy Turner (PHS)                     2                                  - Steve Hankins (DHS)            1

-       Kris Britton (DHS)                       1                                  - Robert Kent (PHS)                1

-       Hank Bullard (SHS)                      1                                  - Reggie Peace (SHS)              1

-       Jerry Fuqua (RHS)                       1                                  - Art Wade (SHS)                     1

-       Crystal Hazelwood (NEG)          1                                  - Bill Walton (GHS)                 1

-       Ashton Jeffries (SHS)                  1

-       Lou Roshelli (SHS)                        1

►  Of the 16 men and women coaching in this year’s TIMCO Invitational, only five have won the tournament.  Freddy Johnson won all 11 of his TIMCO Invitational titles at Greensboro Day; Bill Chambers, who won the tournament in 1983 while coaching at Dudley, is now the Northern Guilford coach.  On the women’s side, only Debbie Jones (Page), Darlene Joyner (Northwest) and Jerry Fuqua (Ragsdale) have won the TIMCO Invitational.

►  Overtime Championships:  The TIMCO Invitational championship game has gone to overtime twice, and both times, it was a Dudley – Greensboro Day title tilt.  In 1987, Greensboro Day beat Dudley 57-55 in Greensboro Day’s first TIMCO Invitational appearance.  In 1992, the tables were turned as the Panthers beat the Bengals 66-63. 

►  2013 Participating Schools:  Greensboro Day School, Grimsley High School, Northeast Guilford, Northern Guilford, Northwest Guilford, Page High School, Ragsdale High School and Smith High School. 

► Tickets:  TIMCO Invitational tickets are available through the participating schools or at the Greensboro Coliseum Box Office.  Tournament books containing tickets for all games are $15.  Single-session tickets are $7 for the opening and semi-final rounds and $10 for championship day.  Single session tickets are only available at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center box office. 

 

► 2013 Women’s Seeds:

1.     Page

2.     Greensboro Day

3.     Northwest Guilford

4.     Northern Guilford

5.     Ragsdale High School

6.     Smith High School

7.     Northeast Guilford

8.     Grimsley High School

  

► 2013 Men’s Seeds:

1.     Page

2.     Greensboro Day

3.     Northwest Guilford

4.     Northeast Guilford

5.     Northern Guilford

6.     Smith High School

7.     Ragsdale High School

8.     Grimsley High School


GREENSBORO SPORTS COUNCIL AWARDS ANNUAL BILL LEE SCHOLARSHIPS TO FOUR GREENSBORO STUDENTS

For immediate release.                                                                                                Dec. 10, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four Greensboro high school students were awarded the Bill Lee Scholarship during the news conference to announce seeding and pairings for the 38th annual TIMCO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank, it was announced today.  The Greensboro Sports Council has awarded these $2,000 scholarships during this annual high school basketball tournament since 2001.

The winners will receive their formal awards on December 28 during a special ceremony prior to the TIMCO Invitational men’s championship game at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.  All eight participating schools are invited to nominate student athletes for the Bill Lee Scholarships each year.

Bill Lee was a Greensboro native and resident who was a major supporter of local sports.  He was deeply involved with Greensboro’s minor league baseball efforts, basketball and golf.  The Bill Lee Memorial Scholarship was established by the Greensboro Sports Council following Lee’s death in 2001.  Recipients are nominated by the schools participating in the TIMCO Invitational each year, and the Greensboro Sports Council awards the scholarships.  Each nomination is considered with the following criteria:  40% academic, 40% athletic and 20% civic. 

Four student-athletes receive a scholarship each year. Winners are the most qualified applicants regardless of which participating school they represent or whether they are male or female.  With the following 2013 winners who are listed alphabetically below, 52 student athletes have won the Bill Lee Scholarship since the program’s inception. 

Robert Bouknight is a senior at Grimsley High School.  He is a student ambassador, the vice-president of Athletes in Action and a member of the creativity and service club.  He volunteers at First Lutheran Church, Greensboro Urban Ministry and the Man-Up Mentoring program and plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State University or the University of Virginia.  He is undecided on his career choice.

Marshall Macheledt is a senior at Greensboro Day School.  He carries a 4.2 grade-point average and is in the National Beta Club.  He is co-captain of the basketball team and was both all-conference and offensive MVP last season.  He plans to attend either Emerson College, Liberty University, Washington & Lee or Baldwin Wallace University and hopes to pursue a career in Broadcast Journalism. 

Anna Moore is a senior at Grimsley High School.  She carries a 4.65 grade-point average, is a Junior Marshall and an Academic Star.  She won the most outstanding junior award last year.  She was named the Most Valuable Player at Grimsley each of the last two years and was named best defensive player in her freshman year, and she is a team captain.  She plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Wilmington or West Virginia University, and she is considering careers in Physical Therapy, Athletic Administration or Occupational Therapy. 

Caroline Spurr represents Greensboro Day School.  She is in the National Honor Society and is an AP scholar with a 3.76 grade-point average.  She is a member of the diversity club, the ambassador’s club and the Spanish club.  She is a team captain and has received all state and all- conference honors. In addition to basketball, she also runs track and cross country.  She will play basketball at Emory University. She hopes to be an attorney or a psychologist. 

The TIMCO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank is an annual high school basketball tournament in Greensboro, N.C.  Founded in 1976 as the Little 4 Invitational, the tournament features men’s and women’s teams representing eight Guilford County high schools playing at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.  Tournament proceeds are donated to local charities and the participating schools; the TIMCO Invitational is planned and implemented by the Greensboro Sports Council. 


TIMCO AVIATION SERVICES SIGNS MULTI-YEAR SPONSORSHIP EXTENSION FOR TIMCO INVITATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

For immediate release.                                                                                    Feb. 12, 2013 

GREENSBORO, N.C. –  TIMCO Aviation Services has signed a multi-year agreement to continue its role as the title sponsor of the TIMCO Invitational presented by New Bridge Bank, it was announced today.   The 38th annual TIMCO Invitational is set for Dec. 26-28, 2013 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Special Events Center.

TIMCO joined the tournament as title sponsor in November of last year just six weeks prior to the event after signing a one year agreement.  The three-year sponsorship extension makes TIMCO the tournament’s title sponsor through the 2015 TIMCO Invitational; terms will not be disclosed.

“We are excited to extend our sponsorship after a successful launch of the relationship with the 2012 tournament,” said Kevin Carter, CEO of TIMCO. “Our affiliation gives us an opportunity to introduce TIMCO and the growing Triad aviation industry to young people, their parents and the community. As the aviation industry continues to expand, we want people to recognize they can consider aerospace for a potential career in their own hometown.”

 “We were ecstatic to introduce TIMCO as our title sponsor back in November,” Greensboro Sports Council president Randy Cobb said. “But now that we have worked with our new partners at TIMCO, we truly understand how fortunate we are to have them on our team.  The transition to our new title sponsor was seamless, and working with TIMCO just felt natural.  Now that we have a long-term agreement with them, we can focus on new enhancements to make our event even more exciting each year.  I know I can speak for everyone at the Greensboro Sports Council when I say we look forward to a long-term relationship with TIMCO.”

For more than two decades, TIMCO Aviation Services has provided aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, engineering services and manufactured products to customers throughout the aerospace industry. TIMCO is recognized as one of the largest independent providers of airframe MRO services around the globe. Over the years, the company has grown beyond its core airframe, base maintenance business by adding engine MRO services, aircraft seat manufacturing and PMA parts, comprehensive engineering design and interiors manufacturing through its TIMCO Aerosystems division and line maintenance services at a large number of airports through its TIMCO LineCare network. Headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, TIMCO businesses operate at 30 locations throughout the United States. 

The TIMCO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank is an annual high school basketball tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina. Founded in 1976 as the Little 4 Invitational, the tournament features men’s and women’s teams representing eight Guilford County high schools playing at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Tournament proceeds are donated to local charities and the participating schools; the tournament is planned and implemented by the Greensboro Sports Council.