Recreation and Community Services Department Holds 45th Annual Alumni Basketball Tournament

Recreation and Community Services Department Holds 45th Annual Alumni Basketball Tournament
Posted on 01/02/2019
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For two days over winter break, teams of high school graduates hit the court to relive the glory days by participating in the 45th Annual Alumni Basketball Tournament held by the Recreation and Community Services Department.

According to Recreation Manager, Dustin Smith, “This year, the alumni tournament returned to West Allis Central High School’s Stech Fieldhouse after being held at Lane Intermediate School for the past two years. It was held on December 26 and 27.  We had 16 teams sign up to play.”

Casey Farner, a team captain, summed up the importance of the alumni tournament.  “It’s a chance to play legitimately competitive basketball and it’s really satisfying to see the community come together. We get a chance to interact with generations of high school graduates.”

Todd Franz, also a captain, adds, “Our group looks forward to signing up every year. It’s a great chance to catch up with friends you don’t get to see very often.”

The tournament brackets are comprised of two divisions based on the year the player graduated. “Division 1 is players that graduated within the last ten years,” explains Smith, “Division 2 is everyone else!  The players are older -- they’ve been out of school for ten years or more.”

This year there were 10 teams in Division 1 and six teams in Division 2.  “The games were very competitive,” said Smith, “In Division 1, Hale’s Class of 2016 beat Hale’s Class of 1999 with a 83-55 victory. It marked the second time in three years Hale’s Class of 2016 team has been crowned the champion. In Division 2, Hale’s Class of 2005 beat Hale’s Class of 2006/2007 with a final score of 59-35.”

"Our players have a lot of fun on and off the court,” adds Smith, “And now the winners have bragging rights for a year!”

Division 1 Champions- Hale 2016 - Casey Farner, Mathie Wall, Devonte Patterson, Nick Hickman, Trevor Williamson, Alec Peters, Richard Haertel

Division 2 Champions-Hale 2005-John Hendricks, Jake Radonich, Adam Stikl, Steve Tominsek, Dan Rohde, DJ Waynedt, Zeke Dombrowski

Division 1 Runner Up Hale 1999-Andy Tuler, Chad Dombrowski, Ryan Koch, Bryan Oboyle, Mike Aigner, Scott Hipler, Tom Vermiglio, Adam Zingsheim, Adam Lazewski

Division 2 Runner Up -Hale 2006/7 -Todd Franz, Ryan Lindberg, Chase Riechmann, Tim Costigan, Danny Hogan, Eli Belich, Ben Versnick, Brad Widzer, Bosko Vuitich