The 7th annual Bob Haggard “Wildcat” Alumni Game was a huge success. Sunday, December 19, was the date chosen for this year’s game, and the day began with the Lady Cat Alumni facing off against each other. Once again, this game was a defensive battle with neither team giving up any easy baskets. The Lady Cat gray team jumped out to a big first half lead (24-13) behind 4 three-pointers. The Lady Cat gold team made a run in the second half but the gray team prevailed 39-23. Kelsey Risner led the gray team with 8 points (2 threes), followed by Christy Pope Bryant and Kelley Baugus (1 three) with 7 each. Andrea Warren Scribner stripped two threes, Stacy Myers Palmer pumped in 5 points, Liz Daniel popped in 4, and Amanda Beavers rounded out the scoring with a bucket. The gold team was paced by Abree Haddock Brown with 7 (1 three), Molly York Ashley with 6, Anna Beth Haggard with 5 (1 three), Andrea McNutt Franks with 3, and nailing a free throw each were Erica Davenport Mentzer and Sarah Beth Martin.
The boys’ game saw a ton of threes by both teams (21 total) with the Wildcat gray team’s 11 threes being too much to overcome for the Wildcat gold team by the score of 62-50. Chase Camfield was absolutely on fire as he burned the nets up for 18 points on 6-10 three-pointers. Clay Baugus followed closely behind with 17 (4 threes), while Gaynes Keaton tossed in 9. Rounding out the scoring for the gray team were Keeton Kelly with 5, Owen Risner and Daniel Prater with 4 (1 three), Sawyer Ray with a 3, and Cordel Littrell with a jumper. The gold team was led by Brayden Johnson’s 16 points, while D.J. Rich and Brandon Mosley each drained 3 threes. Jeremy Risner sank 2 threes, while Caleb Brantley contributed 4 points. Steven Bruce Beckham and Cole Creecy each supplied a three-pointer.
Between games, Heather Warren spoke for a few minutes about the man being remembered on this day, Mr. Bob Haggard. Bob never met a stranger and had the knack for making those around him better people. His infectious smile, warm heart, and willingness to give will not soon be forgotten. Proceeds from the alumni game will fund a scholarship in memory of Bob, the Bob Haggard Character and Service Scholarship. The scholarship is worth $5000 over a four-year period and will be awarded annually to a WCHS senior. The scholarship is sponsored by the WCHS Interact Club, a student community service organization co-founded by Bob in 2007. Thanks to some generous donations and all those who participated, attended, and volunteered at the game, the Interact Club was able to raise much of the money required to pay next year’s portion of the scholarship for the four recipients who will be in college next year. If you didn’t get to participate or attend this year’s event, we would love to have you for the next game!