By TESA GLASS
---- — The deadline for teams to sign up in the Max Hoopster Gus Macker 3-on-3 Tournament is Monday."That's for online sign-ups," said Bonnie Jerdon, member of the Mt. Vernon Festivals Committee. "We are still looking for teams of four people each to play. They will be bracketed by age and experience."According to Nathan McKenna, a member of the Festivals Committee, those who can't get a team together and want to partipate in the event will be able to get in on individual events."There is the longest shot contest, the slam dunk contest and a children's area," McKenna added.The Max Hoopster Gus Macker 3-on-3 Tournament will take place June 7, 8 and 9 at Times Square Mall. The tournament is designed so anyone can play — young and old, experienced and beginners. Teams are matched into male and female divisions according to junior, adult or top categories, with age, height and experience of all four team players considered. Teams are guaranteed three scheduled games during the double elimination tournament with a consolation "Toilet Bowl" bracket for teams losing the first two games.Proceeds from the tournament will benefit United Way of South Central Illinois. "We have several food vendors already committed to be set up, and a lot of family activities," Jerdon said.Among the events held in conjunction with the tournament are the Hoopster Happy Feet Area, for children; the Long Distance Shootout with the entry fee split 50/50 with the winner at the end of the day; a Miss Spirit of Illinois pageant with proceeds going to MS Hope Team and His Kids; the Best Dressed Team award for all teams; a three-point contest for male, female, 18 and older and younger than 18 years; a Dinky Dunk Contest with an 8-foot rim for those under the age of 18; a Slam Dunk Contest for all ages; and the Family Hot Shot Contest.For information about the events or to sign up a team, contact the Tourism Department at 242-3151 or go online to www.macker.com.