The name has changed and there are new dates too. The Little Four high school basketball tournament has had that name since 1976 but now the name will be the Pizza Hut Invitational. The new dates for the tournament will be January 1-3 and the venue will still be the same, the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center.
The new tournament format will be by invitation only and the Greensboro Sports Council will now be free to pick and choose who they want to bring in for the tourney. For this year, and get this there will be no tournament this year in 2008, the next tournament will be in 2009. Last year’s run was Dec. 26-28 2007 so the tournament will skip a year and move to Jan. 1-3 2009.
Gone from the tourney will be Smith and Southwest Guilford, new will be Northern Guilford and Ragsdale joining Greensboro Day, Dudley, Page, Grimsley, Northeast Guilford, and Northwest Guilford. The Smith Golden Eagles had been with the tournament since it’s inception back in 1976 as the Little Four, with Smith, Dudley, Grimsley, and Page. Now Smith is gone.
The question remains to be answered, will the Greensboro Sports Council now start seeking “Name” teams from outside the area, or will they keep the tournament strictly for Guilford County Schools? Will all the monies stay within our local schools or will the Council try and take this tournament national? They now have the ability to pick and choose who they want and will all of our Guilford County Schools still be considered?