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Pan Am Center one of three sites to host high school basketball tournament

The Memorial Medical Center Holiday Hoop-La will showcase 16 of the


st's best high school basketball teams Dec. 28 through 30. The tournament will begin at Las Cruces and Onate high schools Dec. 28 and 29, but will end Dec. 30 at the Pan Am Center on the New Mexico State University campus.

Participating boys' teams will come from Bel Air, Carlsbad, Cathedral, Eldorado, Irvin, Las Cruces, Mayfield and Onate high schools. The girls' teams will come from Andress, Chapin, Hobbs, Kirtland Central, Las Cruces, Mayfield, Onate and Silver high schools.

"We're extremely excited about this second annual invitational tournament," said Will Lofdahl, NMSU director of special events. "Last year's initial tournament went quite well and this will give people something to look forward to in the days between Christmas and New Year's Day. They will see some of the best high school basketball talent in New Mexico and West Texas over these three days and at a very reasonable price."

The girls' tournament will begin with the following games:
-Game 1: Las Cruces vs. Andress at Onate High School, Dec. 28, 10 a.m.
-Game 2: Mayfield vs. Silver at Onate High School, Dec. 28, 1 p.m.
-Game 3: Chapin vs. Onate at Las Cruces High School, Dec. 28, 10 a.m.
-Game 4: Kirtland Central vs. Hobbs at Las Cruces High School, Dec. 28, 1 p.m.

The boys' tournament will start with the following games:
-Game 1: Las Cruces vs. Cathedral at Onate High School, Dec. 28, 11:30 a.m.
-Game 2: Carlsbad vs. Bel Air at Onate High School, Dec. 28, 2:30 p.m.
-Game 3: Mayfield vs. Irvin at Las Cruces High School, Dec. 28, 11:30 a.m.
-Game 4: Eldorado vs. Onate at Las Cruces High School, Dec. 28, 2:30 p.m.

Ticket prices are as follows:

- $4.00 for a single entry per day. This ticket allows a person to enter the Pan American Center or the high schools and stay for an unlimited number of games. However, if the person leaves, another ticket must be bought.

- $10.00 single day pass. This ticket allows the ticket holder to enter and leave the Pan American Center or the high schools an unlimited number of times for that day's competitions.

- $25.00 all-tournament pass. This ticket allows the ticket holder to enter and leave the Pan American Center and the high schools an unlimited number of times during all days of competition.

Tickets are available at the Pan American Center box office.