Jaffray alumni basketball games show Un-Belize-able support

All photos and story by Kaitlyn Haarstad

Free Press Staff

The community of Jaffray showed their outstanding support to the Jaffray school last Friday, March 7. The school played host to alumni basketball games against both the junior basketball teams, a bake sale and a silent auction to raise money for the Grade 10’s to go to Belize this April. It was standing room only in the gymnasium, many yummy treats were available for purchase in the multi-purpose room, and bids were running high as the silent auction went on.  The basketball game was a huge success with many old Jaffray alumni coming out to prove that they still have what it takes to be called a Rebel.

The first alumni to take the court were the women, and with three full lines they were ready to fight to win. The game started out in favour of the junior girls with them scoring the first few baskets, but the alumni were hot on their heels. After the first quarter the juniors held the lead, but the alumni quickly pulled ahead and held it for the rest of the game. In the end the women’s alumni team came out on top winning the game 34-46.

The men’s alumni game started shortly after and the men were hungry for the win. The game started fast and kept pace, going point for point throughout the game. By the fourth quarter the junior boys had pulled ahead by five baskets and thought the game was done. The alumni dug down deep and began their comeback to victory. The final score was 60-62 for the alumni. During this game there was also a live cake auction, with the basketball themed cake going to Brenda Reay for $100.

During half time the crowd was encouraged to go check out the bake table, which had cookies iced like basketballs, loaves of all sorts, pies and of course Brenda Reay’s homemade fudge. The

silent auction held many items as well, such as handmade blankets and a scarf, an MP3 player, tools and more. There was also a concession selling snacks, with all funds going towards the trip.

A special thanks to the referees of the night, Dean Atwood and George Smith and to all the monetary and silent auction donations made by Teck, Jaffray Pump and Pantry, The Rustic Porch, The First Perk and the Jaffray Pub. The totals raised were: silent auction $459, concession $359.21, entry by donation to watch the game $573.35, and bake sale $774, with the overall total coming to $2,165.56. Once again Jaffray has shown that they are more than just a community, they are a family.



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