Gus Macker Owner: End of Newman Partnership Doesn't mean "the end"

By: Colin Mayfield Email
By: Colin Mayfield Email
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UPDATED: Fri 4:42 PM, Sept 13, 2013

The owner of Gus Macker tells NewsChannel 7 despite the end of a partnership with Newman Catholic Schools, it does not mean the end of the tournament in central Wisconsin.

Scott McNeal, of Gus Macker said various organizations including some in Wausau, Rhinelander, and Marshfield have shown interest.

McNeal said returning is a goal, and they hope to have the tournament back in the area by 2014.

UPDATE: Fri 2;58 PM, Sept. 13, 2013

Declining national participation and rising cost are being cited as factors for Newman Catholic Schools ending their partnership with the Gus Macker 3-on-3 tournament.

In June, there was speculation the tournament would not be returning.

2013 was the 22nd year for the tournament in Wausau.

ORIGINAL STORY: 8:32 PM, June 16, 2013

In its final day of play, the Gus Macker Tournament brings in some of the best basketball players together from around our area, and beyond.

However, this could be the last tournament in Wausau after 22 long years. It ranks as the third biggest in the United States.

400 teams competed over the weekend, battling each other and a mix of weather. Today, the best conditions highlighted the dunk contest and the second half of the tournament.

For four gentlemen from the Prentice area, its all about having a blast.

Tyler Foley told us, "It's fun coming out and seeing everyone, and just playing to have fun. I think it's why everyone comes here."

One of the organizers, Jill Mabry says this years tournament has been one to remember, and she hopes this wont be the last year. However, she also told us that there are a lot of factors playing out in their decision to renew the contract with the Macker.

"We have until September to sign the contract. It's a 3 year commitment and there has been a decline in enrollment, not just here but all of the tournaments all over the country. There are so many opportunities and so some families just decide they can't make the trip."

400 volunteers help make the Macker what it is today. After the games ended Sunday night, the baskets are packed up and headed to the next tournament, which spans from New York to New Mexico.

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