UT Tyler Selected to Host TAPPS State Basketball Tournament

August 23, 2005

The University of Texas at Tyler has been selected to host the 2006 Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) state basketball tournament, TAPPS officials announced late Monday.

UT Tyler’s Herrington Patriot Center will host the state final four and championship games in classes 4A, 5A and 6A, the three largest classifications in TAPPS, for boys and girls on February 23-25, 2006. In all, 24 teams will be in Tyler for the event.

“The TAPPS Board of Directors is excited about bringing the tournament to Tyler and they have been very impressed by the enthusiasm and spirit of cooperation displayed from everyone in the community,” said TAPPS executive director Edd Burleson.

TAPPS is the largest association of private schools in Texas with 246 member schools. TAPPS members in the Tyler area include All Saints, Bishop T.K. Gorman, Brook Hill, East Texas Christian Academy and Grace Community.

“We are honored that TAPPS has chosen UT Tyler and the City of Tyler to host their state basketball tournament,” said UT Tyler athletics director Dr. Howard Patterson. “The student-athletes at TAPPS member schools are truly first-rate and we will do all we can to make them feel welcome and at home in Tyler.”

Continued Patterson, “We hope this is the beginning of a long relationship between the TAPPS organization, UT Tyler and the City of Tyler.”

From its beginning in 1978, TAPPS has grown to 246 schools and serves almost 40,000 students in grades nine through twelve. TAPPS is the equivalent of the University Interscholastic League (UIL) for private and parochial schools in Texas.


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