KSD girls hosting Mason-Dixon Tournament

The Kentucky School for the Deaf girls will host the biggest annual event on their schedule, the 36th annual Mason-Dixon Tournament, this week at Thomas Hall.

The tournament, which begins Thursday and continues through Saturday, brings together 11 schools for the deaf from Southern states. Those 11 schools rotate as hosts, meaning this is the first time since 2002 that KSD has hosted the girls MDT.

There will be 17 games over three days, culminating with the championship game at 8 p.m. Saturday. Thanks to consolation rounds, each team is guaranteed at least two games.  There are also social events for the players, as well as for their parents, coaches and alumni.

KSD has won the tournament five times, winning annually from 1990-93 and once more in 1995, but the Colonels don’t figure to be a contender for the championship this year. At 0-16, they are one of two winless teams in the field and are seeded last in the field. They’ll play their first-round game at 8:45 a.m. Thursday against sixth-seeded Tennessee School for the Deaf, then play again either Thursday afternoon (if they win) or Friday morning (if they lose).

Tickets are $7 per session, with passes available for all three days, Friday and Saturday or just Saturday at discounted prices.

At the same time, the KSD boys will be playing in the the boys MDT in Staunton, Va. They are 5-11 and seeded fourth, which gives them a first-round bye. They’ll also play TSD, the No. 5 seed, in a quarterfinal at 2:15 p.m. Thursday.

The girls and boys tournament websites offer a wealth of information on each event, from full event schedules, updated brackets and team rosters to directions and ticket details and links to live streaming from the two sites.

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