Alumni basketball game planned

Kimberly Laura, Co-Editor in Chief

The athletics department and boosters club announced a new annual alumni basketball game that will take place on Jan. 5 in the main gym at 6 p.m.

“It’s the Saturday before we come back from school. We felt like students would be itching to get out of the house because they’ve been at home for two weeks without anything to do,” Student Activities Director John Ellenberger said. “It is going to bring the community together just to have a fun night.”

Any alumni women or men basketball player, young or old generation, is welcomed to join and register. The registration fee is $5 for each player.

The announcement of the alumni team draft for women and men teams will be Dec. 10 on the AHS Athletics Twitter.

Teams must have at least 5 players to qualify. Basketballs and jerseys will be provided for players.

Depending on how many alumni register, there can be two games that have games between the older and younger generation.

The inspiration for this fundraiser event came from Coach Fawn Tucker.

Tucker recalled that in Alabama there had been an annual alumni basketball game that fundraised for boys and girls basketball teams. Tucker brought up the idea to the boosters and to Ellenberger.

“The coaches are always looking for ways to raise money. They want to have stuff for their kids whether it’s warm-ups, shooting shirts, spirit wear, and uniforms,” Ellenberger said.
Instructional Assistant Mohamed. Khalid is going to DJ throughout the event and the Dance team will perform at halftime.

The game will be coordinated as any other professional game with officials and clock personnel. The game will consist of two 20 minute halves with a running clock. Free throws awarded on shooting fouls and at 10 team fouls. In total, each team will have 3 time-outs.

Alumni coaches, such as Amy Lipicky, Patrick Hughes and Ramano, will be coaches for the teams.

Coach Tucker and Coach Deidrich Gilreath will be referees for the game.

There will be no formal practices for the teams. All students and the surrounding community are welcomed to join and support the athletics department.


Tickets will be sold during lunch and the DSA Office, located in the jock lobby, on Dec. 4 and 5.