HoopsFest excitement building

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A week from tomorrow, HoopsFest will once again take center court at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

Thirteen of the 14 teams hailing from the Gulf Coast come together for 11 hours of non-stop ball.

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Consider the coaches from Gulfport and Picayune jealous that they’re not the ones playing in what’s arguably the biggest high school showcase in the Magnolia State. Gulfport Head Coach Owen Miller said, “I’ll tell you, I can just speak from our kids’ point of view. Our kids love coming to this game and being able to play in the Coliseum and it’s a great venue, and it’s special. And every kid along the Coast looks forward to playing in HoopsFest, and we’re just thrilled to be a part of it.”

Picayune Head Coach Eric Vianney said, “We always feel like it’s one of those events that in our schedule we must be there. And we also want to give an opportunity to our kids to showcase themselves and play in a different environment, and so they can see what they have.”

Other local teams in the field are Long Beach, Pass Christian, St. Stanislaus, Hancock, Ocean Springs, West Harrison, D’Iberville, St. Martin, Bay High, Stone and Biloxi.