RACINE — Officials with the eighth annual Home National Bank Southern Alumni “Big Fooze” basketball game considered it another huge success.
Two highly contested games highlighted the evening which raised more than $1,000 for the Hilton Wolfe Jr. scholarship.
In the men’s game, the offensive display saw both teams collectively drill 43 3-pointers in a game in which the young Southern alumni beat the “older” SHS alumni 137-109.
Home National Bank gave away $300 to four winners, two of which won $100 and two others claimed $50 apiece. Other game sponsors were Rose’s Excavating, Twin Oaks Refrigeration, Farmer’s Bank, Vaughan’s Insurance Agency and Hill’s Classic Cars.
“The games were amazing, the shooting was incredible in the men’s game,” said Scott Wolfe, one of the event organizers. “We had such an outpourting of community support and participation, everyone from the fans, students, the band, and all who helped, contributed to the event’s success.”
Prior to the game the Southern Band, under the direction of Chad Dodson, played the National Anthem. The band was accompanied a choir of nearly 50 K-5 students directed by Darren Jackson.
“Some of the players have played in every Southern Alumni game. This and the other support we get is a great tribute to our community,” Wolfe said. “Because of (the public’s) efforts, we can sustain the scholarship for quite a few years with hopes of giving even more money to students in the future. It’s all for a great cause.”
Unofficially, the 3-point shooting was 85 percent for the Gold (young alumni) team, and the Purple hit just short of 55 percent. Even more amazing is the fact that both teams broke the century mark while playing four 15-minute, running-clock quarters. Organizers noted that in the NBA the four quarters have a stopped-clock during dead balls, so special emphasis was put on efficient offense Saturday night.
Sean Coppick, with seven 3-pointers, led the way for the winning Gold team with 25 points, Bryan Harris also had seven 3-pointers for 21, Weston Roberts had 21, Ryan Chapman had 14, Weston Counts 14, Tristan Wolfe 12, Patrick Johnson 12, Chandler Drummer 10, and Dennis Teaford 9.
For the Purple, Chad Hubbard led the way with 30 points, Ryan Norris had 20 rebounds and 27 points including seven 3-pointers, and Daniel Otto had 18. Michael Evans had 13, Jamie Evans 12, Joe Wolfe seven, John Hoback two, and Brian Allen 2.
The women’s game saw the older Lady Tornadoes take the win over the younger Purple squad, 42-32. Rachel Chapman Hupp led the Gold team with 25 points and Amy Lee had 12. For the Purple team, Courtney Thomas had 16 points, Katie Sayre had 8, and Morgan McMillan 6.