By Jarrod Harris
Times West Virginian
North Marion High School’s alumni game has been deemed a success.
On Sunday afternoon, the North Marion boys’ basketball team and former Huskies paired together for one last game.
“It was our first alumni game this year,” North Marion head basketball coach Chris Freeman said. “We’ve been doing our banquets for years now and I think it’s a great way to end the season with a banquet, but this is my sixth year and we wanted to do something that would get older players involved with our program.”
Taking advantage of the opportunity were 11 former standouts.
The talent ranged from Mitchell Bland, who played in 1994-95, to players from last season. Freeman was also present; his last season with NMHS was the season of 1997-98.
Along with Bland and Freeman, more recent players suited up in the black and silver one more time — Tyler Thorne, Quint Cochran, Brad Hamrick, Troy Shuck, Alex Osborne, Brent Osborne, Justin Cain and Derek Daniel.
“We had a good turnout,” Freeman said. “It was fun and it was something different. We’re going to try to do this every year. I know the kids on our current team enjoyed themselves today, and I saw a lot of guys that used to play or played in the past come back. It was nice to see guys and talk while seeing what they’ve been up to.”
Even though it was an alumni game, there was a competitive tone, and Sunday’s game led to some smack talking.
“Our guys were all talking trash early in the game on how they could beat the old guys,” Freeman said. “But the old guys were a little bit too much for them today.”