With a fine facility like Tiger Arena, it makes since the Glen Rose High basketball teams would want to host a quality annual tournament.

Enter The Third Annual Lions Club Tournament, which will be partially held in Tiger Arena for the first time on Dec. 6-8.

“The Lions Club had hosted a playoff preview for several years before we began this tournament,” said GRISD superintendent Wayne Rotan. “They will still have a playoff preview (going forward). The tournament is a great opportunity for us to showcase our facility and bring in some quality competition for our teams to play.”

Tiger coach Wayne Roberts appreciates the assistance from the Lions Club.

“The Lions Club does a lot and Maurice English is the one who really gets things going,” Roberts said. “(Lady Tiger) Coach (Sheree) Hill and I gather the teams and fix the brackets, but he’s the one who got this thing started.”

In addition to Glen Rose, the boys’ tourney field includes Odessa High, Tolar, Mineral Wells, Lorena, Hico, Happy Hill, Kennedale, Early, Keene, China Spring, Godley, Brownwood and Stephenville. The Tigers open up against Early on Dec. 6 at 2:20 p.m.

“I’m sure Odessa High will be spending the night here; we’ll have to see if any other schools do,” Roberts said.

As for the Lady Tigers, their tournament field will also include Hico, Clifton, Fort Worth Christian, the Glen Rose JV, Early, Keene, Brock, Fort Worth Country Day, Hamilton, Godley, China Spring, Happy Hill, Meridian, Mineral Wells and Joshua.

The Lady Tigers begin play in the Red Gym on Dec. 6 at 6:20 p.m. against Joshua, while the Glen Rose JV takes on Forth Worth Christian in the Red Gym at 10:20 a.m. that day.

According to Roberts, all Thursday boys’ games will be held in Tiger Arena, as will most of the girls’ games on Friday. The Red Gym will host games each day and there will be five girls’ games held in the Glen Rose Junior High gym.

Rotan appreciates the support for these young athletes.

“Obviously we have to thank the Lions Club for their help – especially Maurice English and John Bailey,” Rotan said. “Coach Roberts and Coach Hill are also key to making this work. I think we’ll have great community support for the tournament, but other teams will also bring their crowds.”

Win or lose, Rotan knows all three hometown teams will put their best foot forward to represent Glen Rose the right way.

“I think our teams will definitely be competitive in their home tournament,” Rotan said. “We have a lot of quality competition coming in, but I’m always very proud of our kids because I know they’ll work hard and play hard to always give 110 percent.”