Despite the number of years since playing high school basketball, former players from across the region dazzled spectators on the hardwood in Montross last Friday in an effort to raise awareness for cancer. A fundraiser was held to support the Relay For Life campaign and high school athletic department.
On March 9, former boys basketball players competed in three games at Washington & Lee (W&L) High School. These players hailed from such high schools as Caroline, Lancaster, Rappahannock, Northumberland, Essex and W&L.
“We just wanted to have a good time for a good cause,” said Rappahannock High graduate and coordinator Jimmy Sumiel. “Everyone was really excited and thought it was a great idea. They said ‘we should’ve done this a long time ago.’”
Caroline, Lancaster and W&L were all victors after the evening concluded. In game one, Lancaster dominated a small number of players from Northumberland winning 77-49. Caroline found comfort shooting in the W&L gym to take a 93-75 over Essex; and in game three, the home team W&L Eagles won over Rappahannock 51-38.
“I would like to see all the schools do something like this and maybe even have a benefit for their charity or school activities,” Sumiel said. “I just would like to thank everyone for helping me along the way.”
Proceeds went to support the W&L Athletics Department and the Westmoreland County Relay For Life Team Mission Impossible.