Eleventh Annual Macker - a SWOOSHING Success!
posted August 23, 2018

The 11th Annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball in Olean was a SWOOSHING success this second year under the direction of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce. One hundred sixty two teams played this weekend.  The tournament had 648 registered players.
“The rain on Saturday stopped for the opening ceremonies to happen: Fr. Pat Melfi, pastor of both St. John’s and St. Mary’s of Olean gave the blessing of the event.  2018 OHS graduates Mia Rogers and Julia Rakus sang the national anthem. Heather Martin McIntosh tossed in the three point shot on first try for the Do Or Die Shot,” reported Meme K. Yanetsko, GOACC COO.
Heather is Frank Martin’s daughter who was asked to shoot this shot in memory of her father.  Frank Martin passed away this past March shortly after the final four-playoff games in which he coached the Allegany Limestone Lady Gators, the first time in Allegany-Limestone history.  Coach Martin always went the extra mile with his teams.  For big games, he would decorate their lockers.  He created special bonds and he truly loved each one of them as his own.  Today he would love that everyone is playing a game that he loved so much.  He would want people to play hard, but most importantly have fun and enjoy the tournament with friends and family.
The rain continued for about 90 minutes on Saturday, which shorten up game time/points.  All courts were caught up by 2 p.m. with the rest of Saturday’s schedule completed on time. 
Friday night, the Macker Funfest began with player registration and its annual Corporate Cup.  Eight teams entered this double elimination 3-on-3 sponsors Tournament.  The Edward Bysiek CPA Team beat out the St. Bonaventure University team in the finals to win the title.
Yanetsko added, “Our committee wants to thank the City of Olean, Mayor Bill Aiello, Jenn Tompkins with Public Works, and their staffs for all that they did to pull off this great event.  The referees and all the volunteers -- hats off to them -- we couldn’t do this event with out the help of more than 130 volunteers.”
The Grand Slam Grill SLAM DUNK competition featured Macker players with tricked out shots of slamming the ball through the net.  Lovell Smith and Angelo Kidd both of Buffalo tied for first place and split the $150 prize.
SOME OLEAN MACKER FACTS: Of the 648 registered players, 85% (552) were from New York State, 8% (49) were from Pennsylvania, and of the NYS players, 22% (124) were from Allegany, Hinsdale, Olean, Portville area.  Ashley Pfeiffer, formerly of Olean, NY, flew the farthest to play in this year’s Macker – 2,194 miles from Tempe, AZ to Buffalo, NY.  Melanie Yanetsko, also formerly of Olean and playing on Ashley’s team, drove 1,238 miles from her home in Tampa, FL to play at Macker Olean.  Melanie and Ashley played with Ashley’s two sisters, former OHS standouts on the court, Gabby and Sara Pfeiffer.  Their team came home with 2nd place on Court K.
Family affair also happened at Olean Macker. Not one, not two, but FOUR from the Welty family of Portville played in 2018 Olean Macker.  Inga Welty, mom of the family and basketball coach for the Varsity team at Portville Central, played on Court N team Senior Heat that took home 1st place.  Karly Welty, upcoming 11th grader at Portville Central, played on Court G team WPIG 95.7, which took home 1st place also.  Twins Mallory and Mia Welty, upcoming 9th graders at Portville Central, played on Court E team G3 took home third place and the sportsmanship award.
The major sponsors of this year’s tournament are the 54 corporate partners of the Chamber.  They fronted the $10,000 franchise fee to bring the tourney to town.  For more information, please contact the Chamber at 372-4433.