Small Schools Put on 'Best With The Least' Tourney

Updated: 12/27/2013 10:39 PM
Created: 12/27/2013 9:54 PM

The "Best with the Least" basketball tournament kicked off Friday in Port Wing, Wis.

The tournament features the four smallest public schools in Wisconsin. They face off for an unofficial state championship. Butternut was the biggest school competing with an enrollment of 53. The other schools were South Shore with 46 students, and Mercer and Phelps with 30 each.

"The communities in small schools know every player," said South Shore Principal Clendon Gustafson. "They're related to a lot of the players. They have tremendous school spirit in the small schools. They get involved in the schools, and if you take a look at even the game here on a Friday afternoon, we practically have the stands filled already."

The tournament may be for small schools, but they couldn't be accused of handing out small rewards. The trophies for the best boys' and best girls' teams are 40 inches tall.

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