Alumni tournament set to tip off this weekend at CCHS

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By Dwane Wilder

Campbell County High School will celebrate a rich and glorious past on the hardwood with the inaugural Cougar Basketball Alumni Weekend tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday night at John R.W. Brown Gymnasium.

The list of activities includes an alumni basketball tournament for former players. Players who register will be assigned to one of four teams based on the era they played: 1975-1990, 1991-99, 2000-04, 2005-09.

The tournament will begin on Friday, Nov. 13 and conclude with championship and consolation games on Saturday, Nov. 14. There will also be a slam dunk contest for former players as well as a 3-point shootout.

Admission will be only $2 for all spectators.

The alumni weekend is being organized by current Cougars’ coach Barry Jones as a way of reaching out to former players and to build support for the upcoming basketball season at CCHS.

“I’ve done some research and discovered that Campbell County has had some really good basketball players and teams come through here,” said current Cougars’ coach Barry Jones.

“We are trying to get back to that kind of basketball and would love to reconnect with the alumni base.

“This is a way to reach out to them and let them know that we appreciate what they accomplished when they played, and would love them to be a part of what is accomplished going forward.”

A partial listing of alumni who have already committed to play in the tournament includes: John McNeeley, Shawn McCreary, Travis Honeycutt, Adam Hunley, Anthony Walden, Tim Baird, Chris Morton, Joseph McGhee, Bo Vinsant, Jody Lane, Brent McNeeley, Adam Smith and Brandon Berry.

Many more players are expected to register on Friday before the tournament begins. Rosters will be decided upon registration.

“There are quite a few players who will register the day of...so we will make up the four teams by year of graduation on Friday evening before the first game,” said Jones.

Friday’s schedule

6:30 p.m. — game 1

8 p.m. — game 2

Saturday schedule

6 p.m. — consolation game

7:30 p.m. — 3-pt. shootout/

dunk contest

8 p.m. — championship game