Pigskin Classic hopes to become 'Macker of football'

NORTH NORWICH – Tournament organizers are calling the Chenango County Pigskin Classic, presented by Pride of the Paw, the football version of Gus Macker. Aug. 5-7 this year, the first annual tournament is scheduled at Galena Park in North Norwich. Games will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, and end around 6 p.m. Sunday evening.

“We recognized that football is pretty popular in Central New York, and a lot of kids miss out on activities because of income or availability,” said tournament director, Ed Holmquist. “We want to support the young athletes of the area. Not just by coaching, but by providing them with the monetary part and the opportunity to play.”

As information about the tournament circulated to the public, Holmquist, and co-tournament organizer, Steve Franklin, had to quickly revamp the original schedule. Instead of just a 12-team tournament ($250 entry per team), the first year’s event will have two divisions. The older division is for boys 18-and-under, and a junior division of eight teams, ages 13-15, was recently added. Interest is already building, Holmquist and Franklin said, and the registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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