Grab a Bulldog sweatshirt and search your shelves for cans of food to donate. The 14th annual Cattle Classic Basketball Tournament and accompanying food drive took place Nov. 8-9 at the Walz arena at Concordia.
The tournament, co-sponsored by Cattle National Bank, served as a food collection opportunity for the Blue Valley Community Action food pantry. This year the tournament also provided the first opportunity to see Concordia's basketball teams play on their home court,
The women's team, 3-0 so far this season and ranked No. 5 in the nation, continued a challenging nonconference slate. Concordia took on No. 10 Jamestown (N.D.) at 6 p.m. on Friday prior to a 5 p.m. battle with Valley City State (N.D.) on Saturday. Both opponents reached the national tournament last season.
The men's team, 0-2 on the young season, also tested its mettle at the tournament against two ranked opponents – No. 18 Culver-Stockton College of NAIA Division I (Friday at 8 p.m.) and No. 13 Oklahoma Wesleyan (Saturday at 7 p.m.).
Adult admission was 10 cans of food or $10 for a weekend pass, or 6 cans of food or $6 per game. Admission for children and college students was 6 cans or $6 for a weekend pass, or 3 cans or $2 per game. Children age 5 and under were admitted free of charge. No Concordia activity passes were accepted during the tournament.
Canned food donations were matched by Pac N Save Foods.
Cattle Classic tournament schedule
Friday, Nov. 8
Doane College vs. Valley City State University, 1 p.m.
Concordia University vs. Jamestown College, 6 p.m.
Jamestown College vs. Oklahoma Wesleyan University, 3 p.m.
Concordia University vs. Culver-Stockton College, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 9
Jamestown College vs. Doane College, 12 p.m.
Concordia University vs. Valley City State University, 5 p.m.
Jamestown College vs. Culver-Stockton College, 2 p.m.
Concordia University vs. Oklahoma Wesleyan University, 7 p.m.