High School Sports

Date set for 23rd annual Hoopsfest in Biloxi

Hoopsfest is back for a 23rd season.

The Coast’s top high school basketball programs will compete at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi on Jan. 28.

The pairings won’t be announced until Jan. 5, but the usual teams — such as Biloxi, Gulfport and Pascagoula — are expected to participate. Twelve Coast teams took part last season.

In addition to Coast teams, a couple of the region’s top programs typically compete in the one-day tournament. Jackson Provine and Riverside Academy of New Orleans played in the tournament last season.

Buddy Kennedy, who retired as Pass High boys coach after the 2015-16 season, is no longer serving as the director of the event. The man filling his shoes is Gulfport athletic director Bryan Caldwell, who was the Admirals coach from 1993 to 2005.