A fairly new basketball tournament heats up the area, both with its success and economic impact.
The Heartland Hoops Classic is buzzing with excitement.
Now in its sixth year, the competition brings in some of the best teams...not only throughout Nebraska, but ending with a top ranked Omaha team playing a nationally ranked Virginia powerhouse.
Officials say they couldn't be more pleased.
"I think it shows it's going to keep growing cuz now that they see this event tonight, I think you're going to see more towns," said event volunteer Monte Hehnke. "And I think you're seeing other sports where people are traveling to see a big show for the people so its not just college and larger venues that put on the high school show and make it a great event."
16 high school basketball teams including teams from the Tri–cities were represented at Saturday's event.