Kudos to new event coordinator Gary Thrapp, for his revitalization of the girl’s I.H. Mississippi Valley Credit Union (IHMVCU) Shootout. This is an important event for our area, and the premier game should be an instant classic.

But it pains me to see Dearrel Bates name removed from the former Dearrel Bates Mississippi River Shootout. Dearrel was the epitome of high school sports for the many years he worked as a sportswriter for the Quad-City Times. Here's hoping that his name can be reinstated or used for some other high school event to keep his memory alive.

Thomas E. Souhrada


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Editor's note: The tournament's trophy for most valuable player is named after Bates.