Local basketball fans will have 40 games over three days to enjoy during the 20th annual Jerry Durant/Charlie Gilchrist Kangaroo Klassic December 3-5 at Weatherford High School.
Formerly known as the Weatherford New Car Dealers Kangaroo Klassic, the tournament is hosted by the WHS Boys Basketball Booster Club and features high school teams from across the state. Participating schools include Weatherford, Boswell, Burleson, Burleson Centennial, Conroe, Denton Guyer, El Paso Montwood, L.D. Bell, Lubbock Coronado, Midlothian, Northwest, Red Oak and Richland.
“We’re proud that this is our tournament’s 20th year,” said Brent Baker, Booster Club president. “The late Don Allen and others started this event in the mid-90’s, and we’d like to dedicate this year’s tournament to him. Thanks to Jerry and Charlie for helping us continue the tradition.”
Games begin at 10:30 a.m. each day. The final game Thursday will be held at 6 p.m., the final game Friday will tip off at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday’s varsity championship game will begin at 3 p.m.
The Weatherford varsity will begin the tournament against Burleson at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The Roos’ remaining game times will depend on their bracket position. Weatherford’s JV and both freshmen teams will also participate in the tournament.
“Last year, several visiting coaches told us that this is their favorite tournament of the season,” Baker said. “We’re going to continue that Weatherford hospitality this year. Coach Charles Tatum, Coach Jordan Coffman and others do a great job of organizing the tournament, and we have a team of hard-working volunteers.”
Tournament passes will be sold at the gate: three-day passes for $15, two-day passes for $10 and daily passes are available for $6 each.
Saves District Taxpayers $7,600,659.
On November 19, 2015, Weatherford ISD finalized the terms for a $23.2 million refunding/refinancing of a portion of the District’s bonds from the 1999 bond authorization that resulted in a savings of $7.6 million to the District and its taxpayers. The extremely favorable interest rate environment allowed for the savings to be considerably higher than initial projections and expectations. The true interest cost rate on the 17 year fixed rate refunding bond issue was 3.12% while the bonds that were refunded had an average interest rate of 4.69%.
Initially the District was unable to move forward with the refunding due to the State Attorney General’s interpretation of a provision within the new House Bill 114 law. In an effort to ensure that the District would not miss the opportunity to save millions of dollars for its taxpayers, the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees formally approved an action item that would allow the Administration to enter into a Bond Validation process that would have challenged the Attorney General’s initial interpretation of the provision within HB 114. Shortly after the Board’s action, the Attorney General’s office changed its interpretation and the refunding was able to be successfully executed by the Administration and its financing team.
Dr. Jeffrey Hanks, WISD Superintendent of Schools, stated “While there was an unexpected hurdle we had to clear in order to complete the refunding, we are very thankful for the final results. I am pleased to be able to say that we were able to save Weatherford ISD taxpayers $7.6 million. I would also like to say that I believe our Board’s willingness to take formal action to challenge the Attorney General’s original interpretation of HB 114 for the benefit of our taxpayers is the main reason we were able to complete the refunding and realize this savings. I have no doubt that other districts throughout the State in similar circumstances will now be able to refund their bond issues for savings as a result of the WISD Board’s actions and efforts. We are also thankful for the assistance that State Representative Phil King and his office provided to this issue.”
A reminder to parents that all campuses will dismiss early on Tuesday, November 24th for the Thanksgiving holiday at the following times:
Middle School 12:05
High School at 12:15
Weatherford ISD wishes you and your family a happy Thanksgiving! We’ll see everyone back at school on Monday, November 30th.
Hall Middle School Theater is proud to present "Legally Blonde The Musical" November 20th-21st! Both of the shows will begin at 7:00 p.m in the Hall Middle School Cafeteria. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.
For ticket information email firstname.lastname@example.org
WHS V/JV boys basketball games against Mineral Wells have been rescheduled from Friday, November 20th to Saturday, November 21st.
All games will be played at Weatherford High School. The JV game begins at 6:00 pm; the varsity game begins at 7:30 pm.
**THE WHS freshmen basketball game originally scheduled for Friday, November 20th has ben cancelled.