The year 2015 was a big year in basketball for Hobbs, NM. The Hobbs High Eagles brought home their 17th State Championship banner following in the tradition engrained into the community of the “full court press” first implemented by famed Coach Ralph Tasker. Press equals pressure. Hobbs is used to it; pressure is what fuels the main economic driver of oil & gas industry for the community. Pressure also comes in the form of desert heat in the summer. As economic developments change in the community, the way we recreate does as well. Hobbs, NM is always up for the challenge! Hobbs is also up for change.
In 2015, the Gus Macker Tournament moved from the heat of summer to the spring, taking an April date. The event also moved physically to the downtown area of Hobbs, with an event that featured not only great 3 on 3 basketball. The goal was to reach even more of the community in the new convenient location of downtown Hobbs, NM. With the added music concerts, a mud volleyball tournament, talent show, antique car exhibition and delicious food court area. The newly named Hobbs Downtown Slam & Jam was born!
This year’s main events are sure to please the whole family with great family fun, entertainment and sporting events insuring excitement the player and spectator alike! Opening Ceremonies begin April 23rd at 8:00 AM with American Idol Contestant, Reanna Molinaro singing the National Anthem. Gus Macker and Mud Volleyball will kick of soon after and play will be ongoing throughout Saturday. (Registration for Mud Volleyball will be open until April 15th. See contact info) A FREE high energy concert by Mars Hill Band from the Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX area will be sure to entertain during the lunchtime hour beginning at 11:30 AM. The Slam Dunk Contest will be held at 12:30 on the Top Men’s Court, starting at 1:00 PM local talent will compete in the Lea County Center of the Arts Annual Talent Show. While parking and spectating is always free, make sure to bring funds to hit up the amazing fare from our Food Court! All tournament proceeds go to local community staples: Hobbs Teen Court and the Hobbs Boys & Girls Club.