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Placer High hosts Kendall Arnett hoops tournament this week

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One of California?s oldest athletic traditions will take place in Auburn this week as eight teams take the court for the Kendall Arnett Tournament at Placer High School. Hallowed Earl Crabbe Gym will host the boys basketball tournament beginning today at 3:30 p.m. It?s the 68th annual Kendall Arnett, making it the longest running boys basketball tournament in the state. Placer will welcome Mira Loma, Bear River, San Juan, Del Oro, Colfax, Nevada Union and Del Campo for the three-day tournament. The event was once a season-ending tournament that served as a playoff of sorts for the top teams in the area. It is now an invitational tournament that serves as a prelude to league play. The Hillmen will be looking to bring home their first Kendall Arnett title since 2004. Nevada Union won the 2008 championship. The gym will see action for more than 12 hours straight each day. The ?Little Kendall,? featuring each school?s junior varsity team, will begin at 9 a.m. today with Del Oro facing Bear River. For complete coverage of the Kendall Arnett Tournament, see the Auburn Journal sports section or visit AuburnJournal. com. - Todd Mordhorst ------------ Kendall Arnett Boys Basketball TOurnament When: Today through Wednesday, games begin at 3:30, 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m. each night. Where: Earl Crabbe Gym at Placer High School Notable: The tournament began as the Block P Tournament in 1942 and was originally held at the conclusion of the regular season each spring. The tournament founder was Placer coach Kendall Arnett, who died in 1954. The event was re-named in his honor shortly thereafter. Placer has won the tournament a record 27 times in 67 seasons.