Community welcomed to take part in the GHS Basketball Family Fun Night

Pictured above are the Ladies and Men GHS Alumni teams that competed in the 2019 GHS Basketball Family Fun Night. The event was not held in 2020 due to the pandemic, but orgainizers are excited to once again be offering this family-friendly event to the community.

GRAFTON— The Second Annual Grafton High School (GHS) Basketball Family Fun Night is set to take place on Friday, November 26, in Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium. With an agenda packed full of fun, entertainment and friendly competitions, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to support not only the Lady Bearcat program, but others in the area, as well.

While the event serves as a fundraiser for the GHS girls basketball program, it is during this time that the newly selected middle and high school basketball teams are introduced to the community before their seasons get underway. 

In addition, the GHS Basketball Family Night will have some Bearcat Alumni hitting the court for a friendly yet competitive round of ball. 

Things will get underway at 6:00 p.m., with the introduction of the Bearcats and Lady Bearcats basketball teams, along with the Grafton High Cheerleading squad and the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights and Lady Knights. 

From there, attendees will see an action-packed night, with something new taking over the floor every ten minutes. 

At 6:10 p.m., youths in grades kindergarten through second will have the opportunity to show off their skills in a dribbling contest, where players will control the ball down court and back in a relay style event. 

Next up, at 6:20 p.m., the TCMS Lady Knights will lace up their sneakers for a scrimmage, which will be followed by a round of knockout for grades third to fifth at 6:30 p.m. 

For this segment of the event, there will be two groups, boy and girls, with one at each basket. The winners of the nail-biting game will receive a prize.

Once the winners have claimed their prizes, the TCMS boys basketball team will enter the court for their scrimmage, and then, the crowd will be wowed with a performance from the GHS cheerleaders. 

Afterwards, beginning at 7:00 p.m., fans will get a preseason glimpse at the hardworking and talented Bearcat basketball programs during their scrimmages. 

The Freshman boys of GHS will tip off first, followed by the JV girls at 7:10 p.m. and the JV boys at 7:20 p.m.

After the JV Bearcats have worked the floor, the event will boast a three-point contest to be held at 7:30 p.m. For this contest a made three-pointer will earn the shooter a coupon for a free pizza.

After pizza is won, the night will proceed with varsity scrimmages. The Lady Cats are set to tip at 7:35 p.m., and the Bearcats will follow at 7:45 p.m.

And rounding out the night, some Bearcat Alumni will relive their glory days, to show the newcomers how it’s done. 

The Lady Bearcat Alum will go head-to-head in two 15-minute halves, before the Men’s Alumni game will close out the evening, also playing two 15-minute halves. 

Past Bearcats that are interested in taking part in either Alumni game should be sure to pre-register to guarantee a t-shirt. Registration along with submitting a $15 fee will need to be completed by Monday, November 15. 

The event is open to the public and all are welcome and encouraged to come and join in on the fun for just a general admission fee of $2, with children being admitted free of charge.

“This event is a great way to showcase our area talent of basketball and allow some of the community’s youth to come down on the court and play some games throughout the night,” voiced Lady Bearcats Basketball Head Coach Andrew Moore. “And hopefully one day they will be playing high school games on this same court.”

Moore also shared that this is one of many fundraising efforts the Lady Bearcats host in order to maintain their program. The funds raised through this event will be used to help purchase essentials for the team throughout the season, such as warm up gear and after school snacks and drinks. 

He also wanted to send a special thank you to sponsors of the event, who include, Triple B Gutters, Grafton Family Fishing, Larmatt Construction and Black Bear Customs, whose logos will appear on the back of the t-shirts for the alumni game. 

“The schedule is tentative depending on team availability, but this will be a jam packed fun event for all ages, and we’d like to encourage the community to come out in support of our programs,” Moore added. 

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