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Central Mountain to hold alumni basketball games

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Central Mountain Wildcat and Lady Wildcat Basketball Booster Clubs are sponsoring a doubleheader of alumni games featuring past players from each of the two programs. The event, which is being organized by Central Mountain junior student-athlete Avery Baker, under the mentorship of Brooke and Jeff Williams, will be held at Central Mountain High School on November 16, 2019. Games times will be 6 p.m. for the women with the men to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Any former Central Mountain basketball player who graduated prior to 2017 is eligible to participate. The cost to participate is just $25 and includes a keepsake game jersey and light refreshments after the games.

In addition to the two games, there will be a concession stand as well as 50/50 and basket raffles. A limited number of t-shirts commemorating the event will be available for purchase the day of the games. To request a registration form to participate, email sbaker@kcsd.k12.pa.us.

Pre-sale t-shirts will be made available prior to the event. Only the first 20 men and 20 women to register can be accepted.

Avery Baker’s reasons for choosing to organize such an event for her senior project are personal. “Basketball has been a huge part of my life. I grew up watching my dad coach and brother play at Central Mountain. Many of the basketball alumni of the school are like brothers and sisters to me. To have them come back to CM to play is very exciting. At the same time, the game is a way to help raise both money and recognition for both programs,” said Baker.

Avery’s dad, Scott, who served as the boy’s head coach at CM for 17 seasons and is now entering his second season as girl’s head coach shared similar sentiments when he said, “Wildcat hoops has meant so much to me for the majority of my adult life. Many of the players who will play in the game have been like family to me. I look forward to seeing many whom I’ve not seen for years and perhaps getting on them for making a mistake once again. Of course maybe I could praise a highlight as well.”

Current Wildcat head boy’s Basketball Coach Tyler Bardo when asked about the importance of an alumni game being held said, “An Alumni game helps current players understand who came before them and appreciate what they did to create and expand on these programs. It’s an opportunity to celebrate those players and their impacts on Central Mountain basketball.”

This is an event that you will not want to miss.

Register today.

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