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Alumni Basketball Games: The Ups and Downs

Jen Wilson drives to basket by defenders.
The 2009 Alumni Basketball games held Saturday, November 7 experienced some new firsts for this event. A lower than average turnout caused the ladies' game to turn into a contest played by a divided squad comprised of participating alumni and all members of the current 2009-2010 women's basketball team. A positive outcome was that everyone had an opportunity to play, and our alumni players even had a chance to catch their breath every once in a while. A number of our alumni were unable to participate this year because of the distance, conflicts with their own schedules as women's volleyball or basketball coaches at their respective schools, or recent births and pregnancies. Special thanks to Kristin Herman ('06), Jen Wilson ('04), and Bethany Williams ('08) for coming out.

Anthony Wilson stops Lorenzo Saunders as Jim Sanney and Bryan Spears watch.
In contrast, the Alumni men's game experienced a greater than usual turnout with 13 graduates and former students participating. The alumni team headed by Anthony Wilson ('04) and Sean Brady ('06) battled against first-year CCC coach Keith Champion and his stronger Cougar team. The final score of 124-86 was the highest score in years for an alumni contest and hopefully indicates the ability and confidence needed by this year's Cougars to participate in a competitive NCCAA division II. In addition, we also saw a larger than usual crowd including students, friends, and families of both alumni and current CCC players. Others joining our alumni team included graduates Kyle Gibson ('01), Lance Cook ('02), Jim Sanney ('04), Mark MacFawn ('05), Michael Hudson ('07), Larry Bache ('08), Jeremy Ham ('09), Paul Finelli ('98) and former players, Alex Pasquine, Marc Lazzare, and Ariel Betancourt. Also among those in attendance at the games but not playing were alumnus Jennifer Towler ('92), Kipp Imel ('99), and Chad Heffelfinger ('99).

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Photo Gallery: Alumni Basketball Games