Alumni tourney raises $7,500

The Fulton Maroons 2.0 stuffed the Fulton Hawks 57-48 in Wednesday night’s alumni hoops final

The Fulton Maroons 2.0 stuffed the Fulton Hawks 57-48 in Wednesday night’s final of the 3rd annual Greater Vernon Alumni Basketball Tournament at the VSS Panther Pit.

The Maroons 2.0 won their second straight title and helped hoopsters raised close to $7,500 for local athletes and charity, almost double last year’s total.

The third-place game saw Brick City (VSS) brush back the Multi-Cultural Maroons 48-47 with Leon Schenker’s three-point buzzer-beater the deciding shot.

Four women’s teams, representing VSS, Fulton, Charles Bloom and a mixed squad of singles from various area schools, competed. It was the Singles team, anchored by Fulton alumni Meghan Faust and Madison Kaneda, that claimed the women’s title 49-44 over the Panthers. This year, there was an exciting special addition — Subway’s Half-Court Shot for $5,000. Fans were given tickets upon entry and one was drawn at random at half-time of the championship game. Zac Kronbauer, a VSS graduate and a third-year sciences student at UBCO, fired away and narrowly missed.

Vernon Subway, who sponsored the shot, also provided food for volunteers and referees.

“We are happy to be a part of a local event like this, where proceeds directly support students and help to advance their educational goals” said Subway co-owner Gurjit Jhajj.

Money going to athletics includes approximately $2,500 in scholarships to Vernon student-athletes, $4,500 in financial support to area high schools’ athletics programs, and $500 to the NOYFSS Young Girls Self-Esteem Program.

“Our event is about much more than shooting hoops and raising money — it’s about bringing our community together over the holidays to reconnect with old friends and make a few new ones,” said tournament organizer Jeff Samuel. “I am so proud to be part of this loving and generous community.”

Said tourney organizer John Oh: “We couldn’t have done it without the help of our major sponsors Subway, Concept Physiotherapy, Kal Tire, Lake City Law and Tolko as well as all the businesses who provided in-kind donations to our silent auction, This year’s tournament was bigger and better than last year and we are already looking forward to continuing that trend next year.”

As this annual event continues to grow, organizers will be looking to the community for support next year. Businesses that wish to participate or anyone wanting to volunteer are encouraged to contact organizers by emailing vernonalumnibasketball@gmail.com.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon City Hall now a pub

The building, built in 1903, is now where Marten Brewing Co. is

BX blaze sends woman to hospital

Firefighters rescue cat from early morning fire near Vernon

Enderby Library closed for maintenance

Okanagan Regional Library encourages patrons to visit Armstrong branch in meantime

Cougar not likely behind swine assault in Armstrong: BC Conservation

Coyotes, bobcat thought to be more likely culprit

Vernon’s Upper Room Mission ‘a place for everyone’ for 40 years

Data shows elderly, youth and homeless rely on Mission

‘Scariest boat ride of my life’: Passengers trapped by ice on rocky B.C. ferry sailing

The Nimpkish docked in Bella Coola on Jan.12 coated in a thick layer of ice

LETTER: Worst customer service award goes to…

To the Editor, Worst customer service award: And the Winner is….. BC… Continue reading

Penticton RCMP take down local drug trafficking operation

Weapons, suspected drugs, seized by RCMP

RCMP release photos of man wanted in Princeton armed robbery

RCMP have released photos and a description of the man suspected of… Continue reading

UPDATE: One deceased after serious collision on Hwy 97 near Summerland

Southbound vehicle lost control, entered northbound lanes, hit by a transport truck.

Special prosecutor to review Cranbrook toddler drowning case

Evidence disclosure at issue in the case of a woman sentenced for criminal negligence causing death

UPDATE: Supreme Court dismisses B.C.’s appeal in Trans Mountain pipeline case

Judges decide whether B.C.’s power to protect environment can include impeding a federal project

LETTER: Racial profiling was disgusting

Recent arrest of a First Nations grandfather and his granddaughter was appalling

Most Read