The 6th annual Bob Haggard “WILDCAT” Alumni Game was a huge success. Sunday, November 18 was the date chosen for this year’s game, and the day began with the Lady Cat Alumni facing off against each other. The Rookies jumped out to a big first half lead (24-10) behind 6 three-pointers. The Veterans fought back in the second half but ran out of time after cutting the lead to 7. Final score was 42-33 in favor of the Rookies. Kelsey Risner led the Rookie team with 19 points (3 threes), followed by Hayley Inman with 9 (3 threes). Carly Daniel pumped in 4 points, while Anna Beth Haggard and Jessie Ray each drained a 3. Getting a deuce each were Mary Lauren Anderson Garner and Trinity James. The Veteran team was paced by Stacy Myers Palmer with 10 (2 threes) and Molly York Ashley with 8. Christy Pope Bryant popped in 5 (1 three), while Erica Davenport Mentzer added 4. Scoring two points each were Cherry Bevis-Haddock, Diana Davenport Golden, and Heather Prater Warren.
For the ladies, the Rookie team consisted of players who graduated in 2007 or after: Mary Lauren Anderson Garner (2007), Suzanne Bevis (2007), Jordan Risner Butler (2010), Taylor Skelton (2011), Carly Daniel (2011), Anna Beth Haggard (2011), Kelsey Risner (2012), Hayley Inman (2013), Kelli Griggs (2014), Jessie Ray (2015), Annie Beckham (2018), Trinity James (2018). The Veteran team consisted of players from 2004 or before: Andrea Warren Scribner (2004), Diana Davenport Golden (2004), Amanda Beavers Stults (2003), Stacy Myers Palmer (2003), Sarah Beth Evans Martin (2001), Abree Haddock Brown (2001), Erica Davenport Mentzer (2001), Molly York Ashley (2001), Wendy Bevis Daniel (2000), Andrea McNutt Franks (1999), Cherry Bevis-Haddock (1997), Christy Pope Bryant (1996), Valerie Hall Glass (1996), Nicole Davenport (1996), Mendy Gallian Stotts (1995), Teri Lacher (1995), Ginger Hasting Baugus (1992), Heather Prater Warren (1992), and Christy Skelton Hall (1991).
The boys’ game saw a ton of threes by both teams (16 total) with the Rookie team’s youth being too much to overcome for the Veterans as the Rookies took the game by the score of 66-38. The Rookie team for the boys consisted of players from 2010 or after: Jordan James (2018), D.J. Rich (2017), Blaine Bevis (2017), Sawyer Turnbow (2017), Tyler Brown (2016), Zack Risner (2013), Steven Bruce Beckham (2011), Caleb Keating (2010), Tyler Dixon (2010), and Dillon Warren (2010). The Veteran team consisted of players who graduated in 2009 or before: Brandon Mosley (2009), Will Mosley (2007), Charlie Mosley (2004), Jeremy Butler (2001), Caleb Brown (2001), Tim Franks (1996), Daniel Prater (1995), Jason Crews (1995), and Jerrod Baugus (1991). Brayden Johnson (2018) was a late addition and was assigned to the Veteran team. The Rookie team was paced by Jordan James with 22 points. Caleb Keating and Steven Bruce Beckham each contributed two threes and 8 total points. Sawyer Turnbow, Blaine Bevis, D.J. Rich, and Tyler Brown each contributed 2 threes. Rounding out the scoring with two points each were Zack Risner and Tyler Dixon. The Veteran team was led in scoring by Brayden Johnson with 12 points and followed closely by Jerrod Baugus with 9. Caleb Brown chipped in 4 points, while Charlie Mosley, Jeremy Butler, and Tim Franks each nailed a three-point basket. Finishing with two points each were Brandon Mosley and Daniel Prater.
Between games, Interact sponsor Heather Warren and Anna Beth Haggard 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 $5,000 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,
the event organizers state that they would love to have you for the next game, which should be in November 2019.