DHS alumni games tip off hoops season
Douglas High School basketball fans will be given a preview of the Tigers’ 2013-14 boys and girls teams on Saturday during their annual alumni game.
The event, being held from 1-5 p.m. at Randy Green Court, also serves as a fundraiser for both programs. An alumni boys tournament will start at 1 p.m., followed by a scrimmage game at 3 p.m. when the varsity girls squad will face their alumni counterparts.
“It’s always great to see the alumni,” said Corey Thacker, who is entering his eighth season as head coach of the Douglas boys program. “There is a strong tradition in our program that dates back to before I arrived, so it’s great to see all those guys come back.”
Werner Christen is entering his 17th season as the girls coach and has been involved with Douglas basketball, both girls and boys, since the 1980s.
“We started this last year and had an absolute blast,” Christen said. “We had great support from the parents and alumni … it’s just a nice event for everyone.”
Rosie Contri, a 1999 Douglas graduate, will serve as player-coach for the alumni squad. After graduating from Douglas, Contri went on to become a four-year starter at Willamette University and later returned to Douglas as an assistant coach.
Among the alumni girls expected to play are Tammy Gough, who played three seasons as a point guard before graduating in 2005; Amber Gwinn, a member of the Tigers’ 2002 state runner-up team, as well as Christen’s two daughters, Britney (Class of 2003) and Lisa (Class of ’08).
“We’ll break out our old Tennessee orange uniforms for the alumni,” coach Christen said.
The varsity boys will hold an intra-squad scrimmage at 4 p.m. to cap off the day’s court action. The Tigers also host South Tahoe and Yerington for a three-way scrimmage today starting at 4 p.m.
Douglas alumni may play at a cost of $25, which includes a smoked barbecue buffet. Alumni interested in playing may go online to http://www.cvbahoops.net for information.
Spectators will be asked for a $5 donation at the door for admission to watch the games. Dinner, which will be served after the basketball action concludes, is open to anyone else for a cost of $5.
Spectators who donate at the door also receive five raffle tickets which will make them eligible to win six gift baskets that are valued between $100-150.
Shooting contests held between games will also offer cash prizes for the contestant who can sink shots from the free throw line, 3-point line and halfcourt.
The Douglas girls and boys tip off their season on Dec. 3 at home against Spanish Springs.
The freshman and JV girls teams actually begin their season on Dec. 2 when they host North Valleys in games which will be played at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School.