Players are the key to EHS tourney
The Eunice High Alumni softball tournament is a numbers game.
According to tournament director Tara LeBlanc, the more alumni who participates the more it benefits their former school.
This is the ninth-annual softball tournament as the first year there were 455 participants.
Last year, there were 476 signed up.
According to LeBlanc, the highest number to join in was in 2009 with 848 participants.
“If we can get those numbers back, it will help Eunice High tremendously,” she said.
Last year, the Alumni Association made a profit of $7,150 but donated $7,800 back to Eunice High.
The association supports Bobcat academics and athletics as they sponsor the homecoming tea, a Girls State participant, student council registration fees to conferences along with the Renaissance Festival.
The Association collects $25 from each alumni player or $30 from a non alumni spouse.
According to LeBlanc, the tournament raises more than $20,000 profit each year which includes the efforts of the softball and baseball teams as well as the Bobcat band, cheerleaders and booster club.
The best year was 2009 for participating players, but the tournaent also raised $32,00 that tournament.
“The tournament is important and the almuni need to continue to support it,” she said. “Without it, Eunice High loses all those funds coming back to the school. We need players to sign up.”
The final sign-up is at 5 p.m. on Suday prior to the captains meeting at rhe EHS library.
The tournament will be held Aug. 21 to 23 at the Eunice Recreation Complex.