Annual b-ball tourney coming up

Alex Moore - Contributing Columnist

First this month, just a quick reminder about a few events that I have mentioned in previous columns. The monthly salad luncheon at Covington Christian Church will take place this Friday, July 21, in the air-conditioned basement of the church at 115 N. Pearl St. Serving hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., but don’t plan to show up at one and have your pick of the delectable salad assortment, all for a mere $6!

Next, if you haven’t yet entered your team for the Christmas in July/Staci Blythe Memorial Golf Scramble this Saturday, July 22, you MIGHT still be able to get in. Contact Dusty Blythe via phone or text at (937) 214-1717 for details, and to see if there is still room for you to participate in this very worthwhile fundraiser!

The annual Covington 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is already almost here again. It will take place in a few weeks, on Saturday, July 29, at the village basketball courts near the site of the old middle school, at the corner of Maple and Grant streets. Each team should consist of three or four players, and the entry fee for each player is $20. Teams will be grouped in divisions with teams of similar age, size, and playing ability, and each team is guaranteed a minimum of two games played, all with licensed officials. And for those older folks who may be a bit out of shape, don’t worry, all games will be played on a half-court!

For more information, and to register for the 3-on-3 tournament, please download the entry form from the Village of Covington’s website at Then click on the ‘Documents’ tab and select ‘Miscellaneous Documents.’ You may also pick up a flyer from the Covington Police Department. All the particulars are on the flyer, but return your completed entry form and check via mail or drop off to the Covington Police Department at 1 S. High St., Covington. Please don’t mail cash, and please make all checks payable to the Covington Noon Optimist Club. The Noon Optimist Club helps with this fundraiser by selling drinks and snacks at the event. All funds raised at 2017’s 3-on-3 tournament will go back into improvements at these village basketball courts. The courts are typically a popular place for Covington kids to have fun anytime school is not in session, so they get plenty of use, and need some upkeep and repairs.

New this year at the 3-on-3 tournament, the Kona Ice truck will be serving up Kona Ice snow cones all morning and afternoon during this traditionally warm event. Be sure to bring your extra dollars to enjoy these cold refreshments as you enjoy the games. Even for those in the community not directly involved in the basketball tournament, please plan to mosey on over to the courts, get a frosty treat, and enjoy watching our area’s youth (and those not-so-youthful) compete on the basketball court. This event has been a Covington tradition for 20 or so years now.

And lastly, don’t forget to register for the 28th annual Dick Minnich Charity Golf Classic, to be held Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. at Shelby Oaks Golf Course near Sidney. The tournament has raised over $110,000 in the last 28 years, all of which has gone toward scholarships and other programs that benefit the youth of Covington. It benefits the Noon Optimist Club, P.L.U.S., and other worthwhile Covington community causes.

More information about the Classic will appear in my next column. But in the meantime, if you would like to donate to the tournament or enter a team, please see their Facebook page, or contact Andy Johnson at
Annual b-ball tourney coming up

Alex Moore

Contributing Columnist

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