The 8th annual Bob Haggard “WILDCAT” Alumni Game was a huge success. Sunday, November 13, was the date chosen for this year’s game, and the day began with the Lady Cat Alumni facing off against each other. The nets were on fire as the teams combined for 13 three-pointers. The teams were evenly matched as the gray team held a slim 22-21 halftime advantage, but the black team held the gray team to just 16 second half points to take the victory, 42-38. Cambree Camfield led the winning black team with 15 points (4 threes), followed closely by Kelley Baugus with 11 (two threes). Christy Pope Bryant popped in 7 points (2 threes), while Andrea McNutt Franks contributed 4 points. Scoring a bucket each were Hannah Hampton and Anna Beth Haggard, while Sarah Beth Evans Martin rounded out the scoring with a free throw. Kelsey Risner led the gray team with 15 points (2 threes), followed by Gracie Hampton with 8 points (2 threes). Jordan Risner Butler pumped in 7 points (1 three), while Beth Corn Davis and Annie Beckham each tossed in 4 points.
The boys’ game saw a ton of threes by both teams (20 total) with the Wildcat gray team’s 13 threes being too much to overcome for the Wildcat black team by the score of 60-53. Owen Risner was absolutely on fire as he burned the nets up for 24 points on 6-9 three-pointers and 18 first-half points. Clay Baugus followed closely behind with 21 (5 threes) after getting hot in the second half with 18 during the final period. Rounding out the scoring for the gray team were Jeremy Risner with 6 (1 three), Cordel Littrell with 5 (1 three), and Keeton Kelly with 4. The black team was led by Brayden Johnson’s 16 points, while Charlie Mosley followed closely with 14 (2 threes). Jerrod Baugus chipped in 11 points, while his daughter Kelley Baugus drained two threes Brandon Mosley and Christy Bryant 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 would still like to purchase a shirt or make a donation, please contact WCHS Counselor/Interact Sponsor Jerilyn Ashmore. If you didn’t get to participate or attend this year’s event, we would love to have you for the next game!