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Alumni games set for Saturday at DCHS

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

During halftime of the alumni game, one lucky fan will have the chance to win a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder sponsored by Rick Hill Nissan and Davis Wealth Services. Pictured at DCHS with the vehicle is Thomas McNeely (l) and Chad Davis.
On Saturday, Jan.19 beginning at 5 p.m. at Dyer County High School, the second annual alumni basketball games involving former players at DCHS and DHS will be played. While the community will have a chance to see former players of the two schools race, or perhaps jog or even walk up and down the court, the games will also serve as a benefit for two individuals and one family.

This year all proceeds raised from the event will benefit local residents Monica Permenter, Robert Cupples and the Stahlman family of Newbern.

Permenter is currently battling cancer, Cupples suffered a massive stroke in October and continues to improve, and the Stahlman family is still grieving the loss of 19-year-old Taylor Stahlman due to a tragic car accident in December.

"The families we've chosen this year need our help and we have a wonderful community that we hope will come out and show their support just like they did last year," said Sara Jo Ferguson, who along with Tara Butler Vick organized the event.

Last year the community came together at the first-ever alumni games in a benefit for the late Delmer McNeil Jr. The overflow crowd in attendance was credited with raising over $20,000 for the McNeil family.

For the second annual games, the venue has been moved to DCHS after being played in front of a standing-room-only crowd at DHS last year. With a slightly larger seating capacity, Ferguson hopes the second installment of the games is a repeat of the first.

"Last year was just awesome and I think at Dyer County we'll have a little more room and we hope the support and turnout will be just as big," said Ferguson. "We want to make it bigger and better every year."

Though the two games will be the highlight of the event, there will be entertainment provided at halftimes of both games. Local dance teams will perform during the halves, and there will be a shooting contest at the half of both the boys and girls games sponsored by Rick Hill Nissan and Davis Wealth Services.

During the shooting contest, two people in attendance will be chosen to shoot a half-court shot and, if the shot is made, win either $15,000 or a brand new Nissan Versa Hatchback.

The first game featuring former Lady Choctaws and Lady Trojans will begin at 5 p.m. and will be played with two 20-minute halves. The nightcap will feature the men's game and will begin shortly after the women's game.

"We were able to raise $20,000 last year and we hope to raise that much if not more this year," said Ferguson. "The benefit is the main thing, but Tara and I just really want to see Dyersburg and Dyer County come together since they don't play each other anymore. We think this is a great event and it brings everyone in the community together."

T-shirts commemorating the event will be on sale for $15 and Koozies will be available for $1.

The games will be professionally recorded and available on DVD for $10 for a single game or $15 for both contests.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for anyone 18 and younger. Children 5 years -old and younger will be admitted free. For those attending the event, there will be an option to buy additional tickets for $1 to increase chances for the halftime drawing.

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