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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Hoops: Harrisburg breaks off from own Invitational, joins Goreville

  • Bulldogs sign one year agreement to join five-team field at Goreville Invitational
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  • By MICHAEL DANN
    Prep Editor
    HARRISBURG — Harrisburg has found a new home to start off the basketball season.
    The Harrisburg Invitational, the season-opening tournament for the last seven years, is going away at least for now.
    The Bulldogs instead will turn their attention to the five-team Goreville Invitational, played from Dec. 1-6 for at least one year.
    Harrisburg will join Anna-Jonesboro, Benton, Johnston City, Egyptian and Goreville.
    "It's an unfortunate situation that we have to give up our own invitational," Bulldog head coach Randy Smithpeters said Friday morning. "That being said, we are looking forward to going to Goreville for a week and facing new competition."
    The Harrisburg Invitational this season was going to consist of Carmi-White County, Gallatin County, Eldorado and Harrisburg.
    Carmi-White County opted out of the Harrisburg Invite to go to Du Quoin, while Gallatin County got out as well.
    Harrisburg went 25-1 in seven years of its own tournament and won 17 straight games with the only loss coming to Carmi-White County in the 2009-10 tournament. Harrisburg won the tournament every year.
    Michael Dann can be reached at mdann@dailyregister.com. Follow him on twitter: @spydieshooter

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