In Wilson Dome Nov. 27, two Rim Country Middle School teams took to the floor in a faculty versus student benefit basketball game.
Max Foster, Tim Fruth, Randy Wilcox and school resource officer Steve Montgomery represented the faculty in the High Noon Showdown 3-on-3 game. On the students’ team were Bryson Addington, Hunter Hardt, Carlos Lopez and Miles Huff.
In October, Foster accepted a challenge from Huff and Hardt to play the game.
The old school teachers immediately went to work to determine when the game would be played.
Fruth approached student council about kicking off the holiday season with a canned food drive and having the game as a way to get students involved. The student council liked the idea and decided that the price of admission to the game would be a can of food, or $1.
Game day arrived and many students eagerly anticipated the student team dismantling the old school team. Students filed into the gym as the clock struck noon and the game got under way.
Over the objections of the student team, the old school players decided that the game would be “makers-takers” and each basket would be worth one point with no added points on a shot from behind the three-point line. The first team to 15 would be declared the winner.
Both teams fired away barely drawing iron. With the score tied at one, Hardt went down with a sprained ankle. Lopez replaced Hardt and the game resumed. Poor shooting marred the game as the 12:30 p.m. bell sounded for dismissal. The score read: old school 8, students 6.
Foster’s claim of winning held true.
Sportsmanship was evident as each player shook hands and congratulated each other on a hard-fought battle. Talk of a rematch spread like wildfire and depending on the health of the old school players, a rematch could be soon.
The big winner of the game was the local food bank: more than 200 cans and $60 was collected.