Rumble On The Ridge Basketball Tournament Schedule
Congratulations to the Bartlett Panthers, 2018 Rumble On The Ridge Champions
Cedric Williams Insurance Community Night – Wednesday, November 27th @6pm Mustang Arena
Thursday, November 28th: Round 1 Tournament Play
Friday, November 29th: Tournament Play
Saturday, November 30th: Tournament Play
Held each November, the eight-team, three-day basketball tournament begins on Thanksgiving Day. The tournament, which celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, continues to retain its ranking as one of the most recognized and most prestigious high school boys basketball tournaments, not only in Arkansas and across the South, but also on the national stage.
The Rumble kicks off each year with a traditional pre-tournament banquet for the teams and volunteers held Thanksgiving Eve at the Forrest City Civic Center. Following the meal, the teams and fans move to Mustang Arena for the annual slam-dunk and three-point shooting competitions. This year’s field of eight teams, brings the number of teams participating in the tournament to 160.
From its beginnings, the tournament has taken and survived a few hits over the years – the most recent being the passing of founder and executive director Bill Baxter who died in May, 2013, just six months before the 2013 tournament was scheduled to begin. Baxter’s family, longtime tournament volunteers and friends of the Baxter family agreed to continue the tournament.
THE TEAMS: Most of the teams selected each year are within a 500-mile radius of Forrest City, making it possible for fans to make the trip in support of their team. Recently, however, teams from as far away as Massachusetts, Las Vegas and Houston, Texas have expressed interest in coming to and being part of the tournament field. Over the past two years, the tournament has taken on more of a state flavor with six instate schools comprising the 2012 and 2013 tournament fields.