Schwab: Tourney not all fun and games for North freshman
Adam Durocher has played in 3-on-3 basketball tournaments growing up, and came away curious how organizers pulled off the events.
Now the 14-year-old St. Charles North freshman is perhaps more knowledgable than he ever wanted to be.
Adam was among the key organizers for a 3-on-3 basketball tournament Sunday at St. Charles North that will serve as a fundraiser for both the North Stars boys and girls basketball programs.
Adam was the only teenager to attend the weekly planning meetings leading up to the tournament, not to mention all the effort he put in on his own.
“I was a little nervous in the beginning,” Adam said. “I knew most of [the adults] so I didn’t completely feel like an outcast, I guess. Eventually I kind of took charge and spoke up a little. At the beginning I didn’t want to talk much but I felt I had some good ideas, so they listened, and they were all nice, so I felt good about it.”
Durocher enlisted the support of his father, Jeff, who attended a meeting in May in which the idea for the new fundraiser was broached.
“They never had done one so there was no template of what to do, simple things like what the rules are going to be, how long are the games, what age groups do we have to set up, how much do we charge, what should the shirts look like,” Jeff Durocher said. “Adam had a couple ideas of what the shirts would look like, what the kids would like and he had a lot of ideas about trophies for the winners this week. He sort of made it from scratch.”
Adam said he also spent plenty of time on Microsoft Excel, inputting team names, shirt sizes and other not-so-glamorous tasks that lead to what Adam hopes will be a smashing success Sunday. Tournament organizers landed several sponsors, and the Bulls donated rally towels and posters.
The middle child of five siblings, Adam plans to be part of North’s boys basketball program in high school. He’ll arrive early Sunday to assist with the tournament-day organizing and pledged to stay late to help clean up, but in between, he will play on one of 62 teams that signed up for the 3-on-3 showdown.
“I’m going to hope that everyone is having [a good time] I guess, and nobody is confused or mad about the set-up or their schedule or anything like that,” Adam said. “Hopefully everyone is happy with what goes on.”
Tournament participation was robust enough that a few teams that tried to register this week had to be turned away. Jeff Durocher said the event is expected to raise about $6,000 to $8,000, to be shared between North’s boys and girls basketball programs.
North boys coach Tom Poulin and North girls coach Sean Masoncup are expected to judge a dunk contest (on 8-foot rims) that will be part of the festivities. A 3-point shooting contest and free throw shooting contest also are on the agenda.
Lacrosse commitments: Graduated Geneva seniors Andrew Schreiber and Steve Laduzinsky recently committed to play college lacrosse at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Illinois Wesleyan is launching its inaugural season of men’s lacrosse in the spring.
Schreiber, an attackman, and Laduzinsky, a goalie, both were all-conference performers for the Vikings. Laduzinsky was a team MVP in 2012 while Schreiber took those honors in 2013.
Laduzinsky plans to major in accounting while Schreiber intends to pursue business administration.
• Jay Schwab is sports editor of the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5382 or firstname.lastname@example.org.