GRAFTON—For the last eight years, Grafton Lady Cats Head Basketball Coach Andrew Moore has organized an alumni game to showcase the former stars of the school. This year, Moore decided to add more events to his creation by organizing a “Family Fun Night,” which was held this past Saturday, at Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium, at Grafton High School.
Moore admits that the concept wasn’t completely original, as he decided to implement some ideas that he borrowed from another coach.
“Actually, I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out,” Moore said after the event. “I was very pleased with not only how well the event ran, but how well the community responded by coming out and supporting our local student athletes. This event was about showcasing the talent we have in this community when it comes to the game of basketball.”
GHS Principal Lori Shumaker shared that she tough the night was a great success and a wonderful addition to the great happenings at the school.
“Coach Moore had a vision to create an evening celebrating the sport and the people who play it. He and his volunteers did an excellent job organizing and executing the event. It was wonderful to see the gym full of current Bearcats, alumni and Bearcats to be,” she said.
The night started off with an introduction of the Grafton High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, as well as the Taylor County Middle School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams.
Next was a dribble/relay contest between the 1st-3rd grade participants followed by a 10-minute scrimmage by the TCMS girls’ team.
A game of Knockout (4th-6th grade) was followed by a 10-minute scrimmage, courtesy of the TCMS boys’ team.
The cheerleaders (featuring alumni) performed a cheer routine, followed by a 10-minute scrimmage by the GHS freshman boys’ team. Next up was the JV girls’ and JV boys’ teams, also scrimmaging for 10 minutes each.
Before the varsity girls would scrimmage, however, a three-point contest would take place. Each player making a three-point shot would receive a coupon good for a free pizza.
A varsity boys’ scrimmage would follow the three-point competition.
The last two events of the night were saved for the alumni. The ladies played first followed by the men, with each game consisting of two 15-minute halves.
“Thank you to all of the coaches that brought their team to this event and allowed them to showcase their talents,” said Moore. “However, this event wouldn’t be possible without the help and support of everyone.”
“A special thanks to Bobby and Leslie Beltner and Danielle Moore for helping me set up the gym, Jason and Tosha Collins for helping register alumni participants, and Eric Smith for announcing all of the participants and playing music throughout the night. Thank you to Nancy Morgan and Andrea Chambers for running the admission table, and also to Doug Devart and Allison Musgrave for manning the concession stand,” he added. “We are also looking forward to making this an annual event with more games being added to it each year.”
Lady Cats Assistant Coach Bobby Beltner was also pleased with the event and thrilled that the community came out in full support of the middle school and high school programs.
“It was a great night of basketball,” stated Beltner. “Coach Moore did a great job of organizing the event. The turnout was outstanding and I would definitely say it was a success.”
For more information about next year’s event, contact Coach Andrew Moore at [email protected]