Bo Yanilmaz of the Fulton Hawks

Hoop alumni raise buckets of cash

They ran-till-they-dropped and raised some money for local athletics, a scholarship and the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.

  • Dec. 29, 2016 10:00 a.m.

Morning Star Staff

They ran-till-they-dropped and raised some money for local athletics, a scholarship and the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.

High school basketball alumni representing every school in the district gathered at the Vernon Secondary Panther Pit for the 2nd annual Greater Vernon Alumni Basketball Tournament.

This year, the two-day showcase which ended Tuesday night, featured 12 men’s teams and three women’s teams.

In the men’s field, it was the Maroons 2.0 representing Fulton that toppled the Seaton 2003/04 squad 77-68 in the championship match.

It is the second straight year a Fulton entry has claimed top prize.

The third-place game pitted last year’s champs, the Oldest Maroons (Fulton), against the Hawks (Fulton) — the Oldest Maroons coming away victorious 51-45.

The Kal Lakers took home a portion of the proceeds for their school by edging the Hooked on Sonics team from Seaton 53-50 in an exciting consolation final.

Mayor Akbal Mund and school superintendent Joe Rogers squared off in a charity shootout at halftime in the championship game Tuesday.

Each shooter was given two minutes to score as many points as possible from different spots on the floor.

Rogers went first and sank 40 points. Mayor Mund, who was wearing a LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers jersey, finished with 38 points, narrowly missing a buzzer-beater that would have given him the victory.

Mund competed on behalf of Easter Seals Camps and Rogers for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation. Mund went to high school in New Westminster, Rogers in Vancouver.

“The real winner, however, is Vernon Jubilee Hospital that will receive a donation from the tournament,” said tournament organizer Jeff Samuel. “I couldn’t be more happy with how everything went this year.

“This is more than just a basketball tournament and fundraiser, it’s about bringing the community together and creating lasting memories with old and new friends — and the fact we can give something back at the same time is pretty cool too.”

This year, the tournament is set to give back nearly $4,500 to local athletics and charity — nearly doubling last year’s efforts.

“This year’s tournament was bigger and better than last year and we want to continue that trend next year,” said tournament organizer John Oh. “We couldn’t have done it without the help of our major sponsors Concept Physiotherapy, Kal Tire and Tolko as well as all the businesses who provided services and donations to our raffle.”

As this annual tournament 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

Okanagan rinks have mixed results as BC Seniors Curling finals begin

A total of 15 rinks are competing in Vernon for right to go to nationals in Manitoba

Vernon Chamber says 2020 budget lacklustre for small buisnesses

‘There was absolutely nothing meaningful in the budget for entrepreneurs,’ Chamber GM

Vernon paying more at pumps than Central Okanagan

Central Okanagan pump prices fall, North Okanagan lags behind

Dust advisory in effect for Vernon

Keep strenuous exercise away from busy streets, intersections

Vernon reporter’s roots linked to Montreal school fire that killed 17

Vernon and District Family History Society runs open house during Heritage Week

VIDEO: 7 things you need to know about the 2020 B.C. budget

Surplus of $227 million with big spending on infrastructure and capital projects

Trees Cannabis director fined $1.5M for selling marijuana

Fine follows provincial crackdown on popular dispensary

World Cup skier from Okanagan dies suddenly at 19

Kuroda, who made his World Cup debut earlier this year, passed away suddenly Monday night.

Coastal GasLink pipeline investor committed to closing deal despite protests

Developer TC Energy Corp. — formerly TransCanada Corp. — is to remain the operator of the $6.6-billion pipeline

New highway proposed between Alberta and B.C.

The route would connect Red Deer to Kamloops

What’s in a name? The story of Revelstoke’s Mt. Begbie

It’s likely the iconic peak had several Indigenous peoples’ names before settlers arrived

Budget 2020: B.C. Liberals blast ‘Netflix tax,’ lack of economic plan

ICBC rates still go up, except in election year, Shirley Bond says

Teen snowmobiler from Kelowna found after air force’s overnight search

The teen had been missing since just after 6 p.m. on Monday

Town of Osoyoos voices support for proposed casino

Osoyoos council voted to submit a letter of support for a proposed casino on OIB land

Most Read