Twelfth Annual Macker in Olean Was a Soaking Success!
OLEAN -- The 12th Annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball in Olean was a SOAKING success under the direction of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce. One hundred seventy two teams played this weekend. The tournament had 688 registered players.
Friday night, the Macker Funfest began with player registration and its annual Corporate Cup. Six Macker sponsors teams played a three-on-three basketball tourney where two men and one woman had to be on court at all times. Bysiek CPA came through the winner’s bracket and defeated Adams Service to win their third consecutive Grand Slam Grill Corporate Cup.
Opening ceremonies began 8 am Saturday where Olean High School junior, Micheyla Williams sang the National Anthem. Also a dance troop from Neighborhood School of Dance did a special routine to Surfin’ USA. A special part of the opening ceremonies is the Do Or Die Shot. The local Macker invites a dignitary or someone special to represent that town’s tournament to make the three point shot. The tournament does not start until that shot is made. Two local legends on the basketball court were asked to do this unique opening part of Macker.
Franklinville junior Dani Haskell and Olean senior Sara Pfeiffer did the shot – where Sara did some fancy dribbling and passed it to Dana who swished it in for the bucket. Haskell and Pfeiffer shared Big 30 girls basketball Player of the Year honors as well as both were named state Player of the Year in Class B and Class D, respectively by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
“The severe storm that came through Macker Central on Saturday stopped played for the evening and games were called for the night after 3:30 p.m.,” reported Meme Krahe Yanetsko, GOACC COO. All courts resumed Saturday action on Sunday with shorten game time and score points. Another rainstorm came through Sunday which delayed the games for about 30 minutes. All courts were complete and finished by 3:30 p.m.
Yanetsko added, “Our committee wants to thank the City of Olean, Mayor Bill Aiello, Bob Ring 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 major sponsors of this year’s tournament are the 48 corporate partners of the Chamber. They fronted the $10,000 franchise fee to bring the tourney to town. For the complete bracket winners and team information, please look to the website macker.com after this Thursday, August 22nd. Next up for the Chamber is the final StrOlean on Saturday, October 26th. For more information, please contact the Chamber at 372-4433.
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Complete Gus Macker Olean Schedule
Brackets, basketballs, backboards and bragging rights are all part of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball tournament held the weekend in Olean August 16-18. The 3-day event, organized by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, is open to players of all ages and experience levels who are computer-matched by age, height and experience so that all participants can be competitive. The event, first held in Lowell, Michigan in 1974, is a family festival with food and music along with the basketball competition.
The tournament will take place on Delaware Avenue and North Barry Streets in Olean, NY. The tournament, based on basketball played in driveways throughout the U.S., will include players who have no experience to those who have played college and semi-professional basketball. Depending on the number of teams placed in a specific division, players and the teams they’re on will be playing for first- and second- and third trophies. Also teams that finish last in their divisions could receive “Toilet bowl” trophies.
MORE THAN JUST BASKETBALL -- The Gus Macker is more than just basketball. FUNFEST--Olean Gus Macker has scheduled Friday, August 16 as a Grand Slam Grill FunFest. The Sponsors Corporate Cup is for all sponsors who would like to participate in a mini 3 on 3 basketball tourney. The players on your team must be actual employees (or spouse), and consist of at least 2 females. Registration begins at 5:30 PM, games starts at 6 PM. Last year’s corporate sponsor tournament winner was a team from the Edward J. Bysiek CPA. Who will have the bragging rights this year?
The FunFest will also include food concessions, the referee meeting, and basketball. All courts (besides the ones used for the Sponsors Tournament) will be open - bring your basketball down and your game!
Team registration will take place from 4 - 7 PM at Covered Wagon Offices, 528 North Barry Street, Olean. The Gus Macker Olean committee encourages all local players to register Friday. Saturday registration continues from 7 AM - Noon.
OPENING CEREMONIES -- Each year at every Gus Macker held throughout the nation, the opening ceremonies of the tournament occur on Saturday of the weekend activities at 8 a.m. It’s to open that particular festival, to ramp up the competition, the fun, and the excitement.
For the 12th Annual Macker in Olean, the committee has scheduled Father Ross Chamberland, of the Franciscan Friar at St. Bonaventure to bless the courts, basketballs and players. He will pray for all safe in play, and that the ref and volunteers are appreciated. The committee also has Olean High School junior, Micheyla Williams singing the National Anthem. The Neighborhood School of Dance will show off a fun dance number to get all ready for the day.
A special part of the opening ceremonies is the Do Or Die Shot. The local Macker invites a dignitary or someone special to represent that town’s tournament to make the three point shot. The tournament does not start until that shot is made.
The committee immediately thought of not just one young lady but two ladies who represented our area in high school basketball gyms and were both name State Players of the Year for their respective school class designation. This winter, Franklinville junior Dani Haskell and Olean senior Sara Pfeiffer shared Big 30 girls basketball Player of the Year honors. But that’s not all they had in common. Each was also the best player in the state in her school’s class.
Pfeiffer and Haskell have been named state Player of the Year in Class B and Class D, respectively by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Haskell repeated as state POY after leading the Panthers (21-5) to their second straight final four. The Canisius commit was also MVP of the state tournament in March as Franklinville won its first championship. Pfeiffer was a first-team All-State selection as a sophomore in Class A before playing her junior year in Arizona. She returned to Olean and carried the Huskies (20-3) to the Section 6 Class B-1 final. Pfeiffer (34 ppg) and Haskell (28 ppg) led not only the Big 30 but also Section 6 in scoring this season, and became their schools’ all-time leading scorers.
DREAM COURT -- The Dream Court will return for its twelfth year appearance at the Olean Macker. The Dream Court is a specially-designed red, white and blue All-American themed court with a synthetic court surface, like the Top Men’s and Women’s Courts. Color commentators announce games on the Dream Court. Teams are selected at random to play on the court.
FOOD CONCESSIONS: Food and drinks will be provided Saturday and Sunday by the Hungry Burro, Genesis House, Good Times / Hammerback Bar and Grill and Tropical Ice.
The major sponsors of this year’s tournament are the 47 corporate partners of the Chamber. They fronted the $10,000 franchise fee to bring the tourney to town. Organizers also are looking for volunteers to keep score, assist with water and food distribution, and help set up and tear down. To volunteer or for more information, please contact the Chamber at 716-372-4433 or email.
GUS MACKER OLEAN Schedule:
FRIDAY, AUGUST 16
4-7 PM -- TEAM REGISTRATION, Covered Wagon garage
6-8 PM -- CORPORATE CUP BASKETBALL GAMES
8 PM -- REF MEETING, offsite
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
7 AM-Noon -- TEAM REGISTRATION, Covered Wagon garage
7:45 AM -- OPENING CEREMONIES, Top Men’s Court
8 AM -- GUS MACKER GAMES Begin (games run until 6 PM)
9 AM -- DREAM COURT GAMES Begin
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
8 AM -- GUS MACKER GAMES Resume (games run until 6 PM)
9 AM -- DREAM COURT GAMES Resume
11 AM-5 PM -- As courts finish games, AWARDS will be presented
12 PM – Grand Slam Grill SLAM DUNK competition, Top Men’s Court
Brackets and players list can be found online www.macker.com
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