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The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: The 44th Annual Dirt Bowl returns to Shawnee Park

The411 with Sherlene Shanklin:  The 44th Annual Dirt Bowl returns to Shawnee Park

by Sherlene Shanklin

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 6:32 PM

The411 with Sherlene Shanklin:  The state of Kentucky loves the game of basketball but have you ever wondered where many of the stars were discovered?  For the 44th year, the Dirt Bowl Tournament returns this weekend in West Louisville in Shawnee Park.  
The basketball competition has seen some of the most talented local and national stars from Clem Haskins, Jim McDaniels, Dan Issel, Wes Unseld, Darryl Griffith and Derek Anderson to name a few.

I remember growing up and attending these games.  They were fast-paced, plenty of spectular dunks, and I can't forget about the play by play announcer Cornell Bradley.  You could be standing pretty much anywhere in Shawnee Park and when you heard him say "Bang" you knew that someone just added to the a highlight reel and when he repeated it you knew you just missed the play of the day.

On Saturday, June 21st and 22nd the basketball competition and other community related events will begin.  The championship game will be on Sunday, August 17th.  They are calling it "Super Sunday". Bragging rights and your pride will be on the line this summer for one of the most prominent basketball tournaments in the U.S.  Don't be surprised if you see high school, college, and pro scouts amongst the fans in the stands including a half of dozen journalists getting their chance to see future stars work on their craft.  This is no doubt the tournament where stars are made and when you head to the park be prepared to be entertained. 

This tournment is for all ages.  There's also a women's tournament.  So, ladies interested in the game of basketball this is your chance to show what you got.  I enjoy watching the ladies play because they are usually really fundamentally solid in their game.

The Dirt Bowl was created by Ben Watkins as a way to bring basketball and family-style picnics together for the good of the community with the spirit of healthy competition in mind.  The first tournament was in 1969 hosted by the city's parks department, which we know as Metro Parks today.

If you have any questions about the tournament, please contact Neal Robertson at 502-664-0780.
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