DELPHI -- As athletic director at Benton Central almost a decade ago, Dan Dawson helped create the J&C Hoops Classic basketball tournaments.
Now the athletic director at Delphi
followed a similar model when designing the boys and girls basketball tournaments the school will host beginning next November.
Seven other area teams will join the Oracles in the Indiana Kitchen Basketball Classic.
"We want this to be a first-class tournament, and we hope we start a new tradition here," said Dawson, who is also Delphi's girls basketball coach.
will provide the tournament's title sponsorship, and Dawson
said there will also be nightly sponsors.
will cover the operating costs of the tournament, with all eight athletic programs equally splitting gate and sponsorship proceeds.
"We think this is going to be a very, very nice financial situation for every school that's involved in this tournament, plus great competition," Dawson
said the White County Tournament, which features Delphi
, Frontier, North White and Tri-County, will continue through next season.
said discussions are ongoing about the tournament's future beyond that.