RACINE — The fifth annual Southern Alumni Association “Big Fooze Scholarship” basketball game was once again a huge success — raising $1,323 after expenses for the scholarship named in honor of longtime Racine teacher Hilton Wolfe, Jr.
Recent Hall of Fame inductee Carl Wolfe, coach of the 1980 and 1982 state teams was the oldest player at age 72 to score, hitting a pair of free throws in the first quarter of the old-timers game.
What’s old is new and what’s new is old. Many good times and great memories were made in Charles W. Hayman Gymnasium. That spirit remained during Saturday’s alumni event where even more memories were made.
“This has been an emotional weekend,” said Scott Wolfe, one of many alumni organizers of this event. “To win the game Friday night here in Charles W. Hayman Gymnasium and tonight hear the kids and fans singing ‘Stand Up-and-Cheer’ and seeing the alumni cheerleaders out there doing their fight song routine was inspirational.”
“We had another great turnout of fans and players,” added Wolfe. “It was a nice send-off to the gym and added more money to dad’s scholarship fund. I would like to give special thanks to the alumni association for their help with this event, our teachers and students, the fans, the players, the band and everyone else who made this a success. ”
The evening began with the women’s alumni game which the Southern Gold team won 45-36. Women from the 1970’s through 2012 competed in the event. Leading the Gold team was Ashley Roush with 14 points, Courtney Thomas had 13, Kristina Williams Sellers had eight, Morgan McMillan six, and Della Johnson Wolfe two.
The Purple team was led by Rachel Chapman Hupp and Amy Lee each with ten points, Junie Beegle Maynard had eight, Mel Weese four, Tonja Salser Hunter two, Wendy Wolfe Beegle two. Also, contributing were Tammy Smith Chapman and Dawn Johnson Hill.
Immediately after the women’s game, the Home National Bank held the annual “Cash Scramble” where $300 was placed all over the Charles W. Hayman gymnasium court. Eight lucky fans were drawn from the several hundred tickets in the pot, and each had to crawl on hands and knees to pick up as much cash as they could in 30 seconds. Brittany Hill was the big winner of the eight, picking up $77.
The remaining money not picked up by the contestants was donated to the “Big Fooze Scholarship Fund” by in-coming Home National Bank President Roma Sayre. The alumni organization expressed its appreciation to the bank for the gesture.
Next, the alumni cheerleading squad performed to “Stand Up-and-Cheer” without skipping a beat. Participating were Aimee Pyles, Amber Cummings Roderus, Michelle McCoy Evans, Marcy Hill Wyatt, Jody Hayes Harrison, Brandy Roush Anderson, Nikki Ihle Whobrey, and Robyn Stout Sargent.
Between events Eber Pickens, Jan Harmon, Rachel Hupp and other alumni held a three-point shooting contest and raised additional funds for the evening.
Southern Local students in grades 1-4 sang the fight song to get the annual event underway, while Chad Dodson accompanied by the Southern Pep Band played the National Anthem.
In the “Old Timers,” 1999 and down game, the Gold team won 59-56 in what ended up being a barn-burner. The old competitive Southern spirit was still present.
Jay McKelvey was the leading scorer for the winners with 14, Jack Duffy “The Southern Southpaw” added eight, Andy Grueser seven, Dave “Big Red” Foreman had six, Brad Maynard and Spike Rizer five each, Joe Wolfe had four, Jason Quillen four, while Carl Wolfe, Michael McKelvey, and Kevin Burgess each had two.
Sharp-shooting Ryan Norris led the Purple team with 13, Jamie Evans had two, Ryan Williams eight, Jeremy Hill five, Tyson Buckley four, Jarrod Circle three, John Hoback five, David McMillan four, and Kevin Ihle two. Other contributors were Tim Hill, Nick Adams, and Brian Allen.
The Gold team of 2000 and up won the nightcap 71-66 in another good game. Sean Coppick led all scorers with 23 points. He was followed by Ethan Martin with 10, Colby Roseberry with eight, Brett Beegle eight, Josh Davis six, Adam Cummings five, Josh Pape six, and Andrew Ginther five.
The Purple team was led by Weston Roberts with 18, Patrick Johnson with 16, Bryan Harris with 10, Tyler Roberts four, Chad Hubbard 10, Brad Crouch three and Weston Counts three.
Officials contributing time to the game were Brady Huffman, Nicole Mitani and Shawn Butler.