Camps, Clinics and Tournaments

Doghouse Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

 

Updated 4/20/22

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Schedule By Division Master Schedule (By Court/Time)

Tournament Overview

Tournament check-in will begin Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. at the front counter across from the SDC main entrance. All teams must check in prior to their first game. Each participant will receive a tournament hat.

The tournament will take place in the Multipurpose Room on six competition courts. Two practice courts will be blocked off and available beginning at 8:00am and throughout the tournament for warmups and practice.

The tournament is tentatively scheduled to run from 9:00am-2:30pm. The game schedule will be posted by Wednesday, April 20. View rules. Division formats, schedules, and teams will be posted on boards outside the Multipurpose Room and updated with scores throughout the day. Trophies for division champions will be handed out at the SDC main front counter upon completion of each division.

Parking will be available in Lots 22 and 24.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottles. Coaches Corner, located in the SDC adjacent to the Multipurpose Room, is tentatively scheduled to be open during the tournament. No food is allowed in the Multipurpose Room.

This tournament is an excellent opportunity to have some fun playing 3-on-3 basketball in a friendly yet competitive environment. Prizes for division champs and event swag for all participants!

History

The Doghouse Classic is an original Michigan Tech event that saw its beginnings over 30 years ago under the direction of Kevin Borseth, head women’s basketball coach at the time. The Doghouse Classic was a long-standing tradition in the Houghton and Hancock area up until the last tournament took place in 2007. In 2016, the tradition was reestablished. Michigan Tech Recreation is excited about the opportunity to host the tournament and bring the Doghouse back to its former glory!


Location

SDC Multipurpose Room

Days/Times

Saturday, April 23, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.*

*Dependent on the number of teams/divisions

Check-In Time: Saturday, April 23, starting at 8:00 a.m., at the SDC main entrance front counter. All participants MUST check in prior to their first game.


Tournament Format

The number of teams registered will determine the number of divisions and the tournament format for each division. The preferred format will be a double-elimination bracket. Tournament brackets will not be available until the day of the tournament.

Divisions

The goal is to host a boys’ and girls’ division for grade levels 4 through 8, JV, and Varsity. There will also be men’s and women’s open divisions available to all ages. Teams will be placed in a division according to the highest level played by any team member. Any athlete is welcome to play up a division level. However, athletes cannot play down a level.


Cost

$120/team (4 players/team)

Deadline to Register: April 1, 2022, 12:00pm (noon)

Register online. Submit completed team registration form and concussion awareness forms for each player along with full payment to the address below.

Michigan Tech Recreation
Attn: Paula Lahikainen
1400 Townsend Drive
SDC Room 142
Houghton MI 49931

Payment in full is due at the time of registration. Cancellations prior to April 1 will be charged $25 per team. Refunds after April 1 will be issued for medical reasons only (doctor’s note required).


Tournament Coordinators

Josh Buettner, Head Coach, Michigan Tech Men's Basketball

Josh Buettner was named head men's basketball coach on April 16, 2021. Buettner helped the Huskies to the NCAA Midwest Region Championship game in his 1st season as associate head men's basketball coach in 2020-21. The team finished 15-8 overall and 12-6 in the GLIAC North Division. Prior to his promotion to Associate Head Coach, Buettner served 13 seasons as assistant coach. He has recruited four All-Americans and numerous All-GLIAC First Team selections since his appointment in 2008. The Shawano WI native starred for the Huskies from 2001-05. He was a two-time All-American and earned Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors as both a junior and senior. A 6-9 forward, Buettner finished third on Tech’s all-time scoring chart with 2,061 career points. Following his graduation from Tech in 2005, Buettner played professionally in Europe for three years. He played in leagues in Denmark, Switzerland, and Iceland, and was named the Danish Elite League Player of the Year in his second pro campaign. In addition to his coaching duties, Buettner teaches classes in the kinesiology and integrated physiology department and coordinates all of Michigan Tech's boys' basketball camps, clinics, and leagues as well as the Doghouse 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.

Ben Stelzer, Assistant Coach, Michigan Tech Men's Basketball

Ben Stelzer was hired as Assistant Men's Basketball Coach in June 2021 and is in his first season with the Huskies. Stelzer returned to Houghton after playing professional basketball in Spain and has also coached at several levels since his graduation from Michigan Tech in 2015. Stelzer's collegiate playing career began in 2011. He was a four-year starter and three-year captain for the Huskies. Stelzer finished as the program's all-time leader in 3-pointers (363) and shot 44-percent as a senior. He was also named NCAA Division II All-American, Academic All-American, and Midwest Region Player of the Year. Stelzer led the Huskies to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a trip to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16. After college, Stelzer played in Spain for Layma Basquet Coruna and led the league in total 3-pointers made and helped his team advance to the playoff semifinals. Stelzer worked as assistant coach of the Huskies in 2016-17 under then Head Coach Kevin Luke and Coach Buettner. He led and assisted workouts, broke down game film and scouting reports, and helped with recruiting. Stelzer ran clinics with small groups for youth, high school, and college-level players from 2017-19 as a skill development coach. He gained experience as Director of Player Development for Wisconsin Playground Warriors AAU Club. He was on the men's basketball staff at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh as Assistant Men's Basketball Coach during their 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship run. The team finished 29-3 overall and defeated Swarthmore College in the final. Since 2019, Stelzer has held the position of Player Development Intern with the Dallas Mavericks as well as Solid Base Skills and Drills website developer and owner, which provides remote player development training for players and teams from youth ages to college.

For more information about the Doghouse, contact Coach Stelzer at 906-487-1575 or email bcstelze@mtu.edu.