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Region 7 tourney changes venues

Press Photo by Dustin Monke This 2013 photo shows Dickinson Trinity’s Knights of Columbus Activities Center during the Region 7 boys basketball tournament. Due to a fire at Trinity, the Region 7 Tournament has been moved DHS gymnasium. The Region 7 Tournament begins 3 p.m. Monday.

For the last eight years, the Region 7 Tournament has taken place at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

Nine years ago the Region 7 Tournament was held at Dickinson High School.

Due to the fire at Dickinson Trinity on Monday, the Region 7 girls basketball tournament has been moved to DHS gymnasium.

With the change in venue comes a change in logistics from parking to seating for Class B fans, which haven’t been to DHS gymnasium.

Dickinson Trinity activities director Andrew DesRosier said there wasn’t really time to process the events of Monday morning. He said he had a meeting with Region 7 athletic directors and coaches at noon on Monday.

DesRosier expressed his appreciation to Dickinson High for hosting the Region 7 Tournament and Dickinson State for allowing the Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team to practice at Scott Gymnasium.

“Dickinson High and DSU have been so wonderful about making themselves available to us that in the rush of everything it felt like we were so lucky to be on the receiving end of so much generosity,” he said.

Dickinson High athletic director Guy Fridley said the school is doing everything it can to assist.

“It’s a difficult situation that has happened over there and the biggest thing is that we want to help our neighbors and our friends,” he said. “The bottom line is when your friends and neighbors are in need, you try to pick them up and help them.”

Entrance and parking

All fans should park in the West parking lot and enter the upper west entrance. The parking lot is accessible from State Ave. and Empire Rd. This is the only public interest.

Gym assignments

The South bleachers will be designated as the student section and all other fans are asked to sit in the North bleachers behind the teams. The stage is reserved for tournament personnel only, no fans are permitted to sit there.

Crowd decorum

The gymnasium will be broken into different cheering sections per team, however it requires fans of consecutive games to share each section.

“Region 7 fans are the best in the world,” DesRosier said. “It’s going to be facility that is a little unfamiliar to a few of them. Patience and understanding is all that we ask. There’s going to be adequate seating at Dickinson High School, but it’s not going to be the same amount of seating that they are used to at Trinity. It’s going to be a little less.”

There is no reserved seating and all fans are welcome to watch as many games as they please.

The tournament quarterfinals begin with top seed Beach and No. 9–seed Hebron-Glen Ullin at 3 p.m. Monday. Trinity plays Hettinger-Scranton at 6:30 p.m.