The 21st Edward Jones Investments Minden Holiday Classic Classic will begin today and will run through Saturday night.
Twenty-nine teams from 18 schools will take part in the tournament. Games will be played in the new Minden High gym, the old Minden High gym and the Webster Jr. High gym.
"From top to bottom, it's going to be hard to find a tournament with as many good teams as we have this year," Minden High head coach Alan Shaw said. "There will be a number of quality games for everyone to come out and see. There should be some real quality basketball games over the four days and we hope everyone will come out and watch."
This year's tournament will feature the boys and girls teams from Minden, Lakeside, North Webster, Ringgold, Red River, Jonesboro-Hodge, Lakeview, Huntington, Woodlawn, Captain Shreve and Haynesville.
Also the girls' teams from Southwood, Calvary, Arcadia , Byrd and Benton will compete, as well as the boys' team from North Caddo and El Dorado, Arkansas.
In addition to the good basketball the classic provides, there is also a more practical result. The classic is the main fund raiser for the Minden High basketball teams.
"This is our money-maker for the year," Shaw said. "This is where we make our money that helps us pay for the buses, the travel and the keep up of the gym. We also use the money for the uniforms, basketballs and paying the officials, everything that has to do with our basketball programs."
Coach Shaw and Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown encourage Minden to turn out in support of the local team and the tournament as a whole.
"We hope the community comes out and supports the tournament," he said. "This is our big fund raiser and if you like basketball, I don't know why you wouldn't want to be there."
The games will begin at 4 p.m. with three girls games, one at each of the gyms.