Mars Hill native Dick Durost has been involved in sports for many years

And speaking of the Tournament, Rene Cloukey caught up with someone who has been there in several capacities over the years.

Mars Hill native Dick Durost has been involved with sports his whole life. The soon to be 70 year old has been at the basketball tournament in several capacities over the years.

(Dick Durost):"If you can count being on the floor 30 seconds my senior year in High School the answere to that is yes. I coached here both boys and girls I have officiated here. I was on the basketball committee and my role the last 18 years with the MPA."
Durost will be retiring as Exectutive Director of the Maine Principals Association this summer.

Durost:" I am really enjoying doing some of these things for the last time. The tournament has always been special to me and I am enjoying as much if not more than ever."

Durost says that while the building has changed from the Mecca, the Bangor Auditorium to the Cross Insurance Center the tournament feel itself is still the same

Durost:" You are right the Bangor Auditorium was different than other facility we have had. This here is such a nice new facility and the atmosphere is the same because it is the kids on the floor. The fans in the stands the officials the coaches they all make the tournament what is it. The facility is secondary to all those things and all those people."
Durost says that even though he is retiring that doesn't mean that he will stop going to High School Sporting events.
Durost:" I love all the sports so much. I have a granddaughter who is a freshman who will be playing here later this week and a son who coaches. I have several reasons to want to stay involved."

While he won't be there in an official capacity after this year you can bet that he will still make an appearance shake some hands and reconnect with old friends. Reporting from the Cross Insurance Center I'm Rene Cloukey Newssource Sports.