By Scott Wolfe
RACINE – The 8th Annual Home National Bank Southern Alumni “Big Fooze” basketball game was another huge success. Two highly contested games highlighted the evening which raised over $1,000 for the Hilton Wolfe, Jr. scholarship.
In the men’s game, the offensive display was impressive as both teams collectively drilled 43 three-pointers in a game where the young Southern Alumni beat the “older” SHS alumni 137-109.
Home National Bank gave away $300 dollars to four lucky 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. “I would like to thank all who participated, the fans, students, the band, and all who helped make this annual event be a success. Also thanks to Home National Bank and our other sponsors.”
Prior to the game the Southern Band under the direction of Chad Dodson played the National Anthem with a group of nearly 50 K-5 students accompanying the band in singing . The choir was 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,” noted Wolfe. “Once again thank you all. Because of your 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 three 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.
In the men’s game, the older graduates played the younger team as agreed upon by both clubs. The result was a high-scoring game in favor of the ‘youngsters’ 137-109.
Sean Coppick with seven three-pointers led the way for the winning Gold team with 25 points, Bryan Harris also had seven three-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-three pointers, and Daniel Otto had 18. Michael Evans had 13, Jamie Evans 12, Joe Wolfe seven, John Hoback two, and Brian Allen two.
The women’s game saw the older Lady Tornadoes take the win over the younger Purple squad 42-32. In the women’s game, 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 eight, and Morgan McMillan six.