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Feb 20, 2013 4:38 PM by MTN News

Western Montana towns see boost from high school hoops tournaments

RONAN - It's tournament season throughout the Treasure State when high school basketball determines which teams will qualify for a bid to state. The district tournaments came to an end last week, and divisionals are about to kick off.

The events mean an economic boost for some towns, including Hamilton and Ronan. The communities will be playing host to several hoops teams for the second straight week, bringing players, parents and students from across Montana into their local event centers and gymnasiums.

"You're bringing in people from all over Western Montana to come in here, especially the northwest. I know it's a huge boost for Ronan. It's probably as middle of a location you could get for us, and the facilities here are amazing with the whole new facility they've got," District 14C President Chris Clairmont explained.

Clairmont estimates that 5,000 to 6,000 people attended districts throughout last week, and officials can expect similar numbers for divisionals, which start on Thursday.

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