Jones County Invitational brings special feel to Murdo
Sen. John Thune scores a bucket during his run as a Coyote in Murdo. Thune is one of the many players who has terrific memories playing in the Jones County Invitational, which is the longest-running basketball tournament in South Dakota. The annual tournament's 45th edition tips off Thursday. (Courtesy photo)
- Jones County Invitational facts
Originally titled the Murdo Invitational but was changed to Jones County Invitational after Murdo and Draper joined to become Jones County High School.
• 22 different teams have participated in the tournament. White River has won the most championships with 15, including the last six. Stanley County has won the championship five times and Jones County has won four times.
• The tournament follows the format of the state tournament with eight teams playing out all places over a three-day period.
• The Pete Kerns award is given to a player who shows great talent, great attitude and a love for the game. It is named in memory of Pete Kerns, one of the first referees to officiate the tournament.
• The tournament also names an MVP as well as a first and second all-tournament team along with the Muriel Huber Memorial Cheerleading Award that debuts this year.
• The tournament has been postponed twice due to weather conditions, in 1982 and in 2001.
- Thune on the Jones County Invitational
“It’s where you want to be in the middle of January if you’re a basketball fan or a player,”
Sen. John Thune
Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 11:35 pm
Updated: 11:38 pm, Wed Jan 9, 2013.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 11:35 pm.
Updated: 11:38 pm.