Photo By Maria Biolo
Left to right: Brad Kenote, Brad McDonald, Matt Bloch, Ben Franson, Austin Bowman and Tyler Thorsen. (Not available for a picture were; are Ben Eversman, Levi Haskins, Darren McGuire, Shaun Smith, and Shane White.)
The 16th Annual Russ Johnson Memorial Alumni Tournament sponsored by HodagSports.com was held on Saturday, December 23rd at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium. This year the tournament consisted of five teams of former Rhinelander High School basketball players and the Class of 2013 won the title.
In pool play the Class of 2013 along with two other teams finished with a 3-1 record. It came down to the wire when the Class 2009 and Class of 2013 defeated the Class of 2016 in free throws to determine which team would advance to the championship game.
In the finals, the Class of 2013 would edge the Class of 2009 and earned a 36-29 victory for the tournament title. The members of the winning team included Matt Bloch, Austin Bowman, Ben Eversman, Ben Franson, Levi Haskins, Brad Kenote, Brad McDonald, Darren McGuire, Shaun Smith, Tyler Thorsen, and Shane White.
Although most of the players in the alumni tournament consisted of graduates form the 2000’s, they still had participants as far back as the Class of 1979.
There were several volunteers and organizers who made the 2017 Alumni Tournament another successful event including the Johnson family who provided water, Gatorade, and snacks for players and Metro Screenprinting for the championship t-shirts. Bucketheads also hosted the tournament after-party. Thanks to all the alumni who participated and all the fans and volunteers who made the 16th Annual Russ Johnson Memorial Alumni Tournament a success.