Four town basketball teams pitching in to fight cancer
Trumbull High and St. Joseph will play a basketball bonanza on Saturday, Jan. 9, at Fairfield University’s Alumni Hall. The game will be streamed live by the HAN Network. Live coverage starts at 5:55 on live.HAN.Network, TrumbullTimes.com, FCIAC.net and all the HAN Network affiliates. HAN's Rob Adams will lead the call.
The event is part of the 9th annual Officials vs Cancer fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society, with $1 from every $6 ticket sold donated to the cause. Fairfield County Board #9 of Approved Basketball Officials have raised more than $120,000 the past eight years. ACS fund raising events will be taking place during the games.
Napoli Nissan of Milford will again sponsor a chance to give away a brand new 2016 Nissan Murano at halftime of one of the games.
“We are looking forward to another great basketball event involving St Joseph and Trumbull High Schools, with four very well coached teams and players that are determined to make their mark in this great rivalry,” said St. Joseph girls coach Chris Lindwall.
“But when we all walk off the court, everyone will be a winner with knowing that we are helping the cause to fight this horrible disease we call cancer. I hope this event continues to grow as last year we had over 1500 people attend.
“Special thanks to our Corporate sponsors who help make this event possible, Napoli Nissan of Milford, Trefz Family Restaurants and McDonald’s, Dennis Lindwall Foundation, Connecticut Hoopsters Girls Basketball AAU Program and AL-Lynn Sales.
“In addition we would like to thank the Trumbull and surrounding communities, The Trumbull Times and Fairfield University for all of their support in making this event happen.”
The varsity girls teams will play at 6 p.m.
St. Joseph is 4-2. Trumbull is 6-1.
“The Trumbull vs St. Joe’s game being played at Alumni Hall is a great opportunity for the teams representing both schools to play for a cause that brings everyone in town together,” said Trumbull girls coach Steve Tobitsch.
“We have brought coaches, players, officials, and families together to help raise money for a great cause that has affected many of us while at the same time giving the kids at both schools a great opportunity to play in a terrific environment.
“The Trumbull girls basketball program is excited to be a part of this event and the girls game should be very competitive game with two terrific FCIAC teams competing.”
The varsity boys game will be at 7:45 p.m.
Trumbull is 4-1. St. Joseph is 1-2.
“We’re looking forward to playing a very good team in Trumbull,” St. Joseph coach Chris Watts said. “It’s for a fabulous cause, at one of Connecticut’s best basketball venues. Both teams and their fans are always up for this great night of hoops. We hope to compete, and bring a new and exciting brand of basketball back to the court.”
Trumbull coach Buddy Bray said:
“Last year was a great night of high school basketball the energy in the gym and our support from our fans and “Black Hole” made it an exciting night for our basketball program.
“We look forward to the Coaches vs Cancer game against St. Joe’s Saturday night please come out and support all the teams playing for a special cause.”
The freshmen game is at 10 a.m. and the junior varsity contest at 11:30 a.m.