Baskestball Takes Center Stage

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For thousands of high school basketball enthusiasts, Santa Fe High School was the place to be as fans filled the school gym to overflowing for four days of fast paced high school hoops. Starting on Dec. 26 and running through Dec. 30, 16 teams vied for bragging rights as the Hitchcock's Challenge basketball tournament champion. Area teams, including Santa Fe, Hawthorne, Eastside, Trenton, Bell, Dixie County, Union County, Columbia County and St. Francis, as well as teams from South Florida, the Florida Panhandle and as far away as Tennessee made the journey to shoot hoops in the Christmas tournament that has been a major sports experience since 1993. The tournament’s 2013 champion, the Suwannee Bulldogs, is once again in the championship hunt in 2014, facing Fort Lauderdale’s Archbishop McCarthy High School.