Local hoops goes old school
Published 8:50 pm Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Basketball from a bygone era will make another cameo appearance courtesy of the Old School Classic at Lakeland High School on Aug. 7.
For the second straight year, the free event is being put together by Cavaliers basketball coach Clint Wright, who has changed the name from the Peanut District Ol’ Skool Classic so as to reflect all of the teams participating, even those outside that district.
For Wright, the event is a rewarding fundraiser — via voluntary donations — for the Lakeland boys’ basketball program that effectively brings old friends and teammates together on the hardwood for local hoops fans to enjoy.
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“Folk will get a chance to be moderately entertained by watching guys who once had it and still got a little bit left in the tank of playing this game called basketball,” Wright said.
Each game will be a rematch of the one played last year, and the schedule will be as follows, with approximated times of the latter two games:
6 p.m. — Surry County High School vs. Franklin High School
7:15 p.m. — John Yeates High School vs. John F. Kennedy High School
8:30 p.m. — Forest Glen High School vs. Suffolk High School
Wright said one of the reasons for the rematches is that last year, games were governed by unconventional standards.
“We were playing with unlimited fouls and unlimited timeouts,” Wright said.
This time, games will feature 8-minute quarters, teams will have five timeouts and players will foul out when they reach five fouls.
“We’re going to take it more to the high school format that we’re more accustomed to playing,” Wright said.
Many of the players representing one of the six high schools on Aug. 7 actually played for that same school in the early ’90s or late ’80s.
There will be some exceptions, as Wright said Franklin will feature some Southampton players, and Surry County will have some Smithfield players on its roster.
He expects a lot of players back that participated last year, and there might be one or two add-ons, as well.
“There are some that are excited about the opportunity but don’t still feel that they can play the game, and I shared with them it is not that type of competition,” Wright said. “It is more of a reunion-centric event. There are some players that I hadn’t seen in two or three years that I saw last year, and it was just simply great seeing them.”
Among the players set to participate are Tony Smith, Lamont Strothers, Tim Daughtry, Greg Ellis, Breeyon Holmes, Karlton Johnson, Daryl Butler, Daylee Warren, Tim Grant, Frankie Chatman, Bobby Goodman, Chris Watson, Michael Britt, Mark Blanks, Tim Taylor, Dennell Cherry, Louis “Wee Wee” Allen, Reggie Evans, Arthur Ashe, Anthony Reid, Raymond Goodman, Robert Townsend, Terrence Green, James Riddick, Marcus Elam and Dwayne Vann.
Wright said he hopes to see more cheerleaders from the same era make their presence known in the stands, like last year.
There will also be some additional things going on at the event.
The Suffolk Sheriff’s Office will be hosting an “EZ Child ID” station where parents can receive a free ID card for their child.
Wright said this is “to help with our most prized resources — our children. Just in case one gets kidnapped, we’ll have the … with photos and fingerprinting and things like that.”
There will also be other opportunities for people in the crowd to become involved.
“There’ll be door prizes, contests — three-point shooting contest, a little dance contest — we’ll have 50/50 raffles and things of that nature, and we’ll have some great giveaways indeed,” Wright said.