June 6, 2016
Mother Nature was an all-star for the Carroll High School Foundation on Saturday.
Warm temperatures and sunny skies helped make the inaugural Slam at the Graham — an outdoor basketball tournament in Carroll — a success.
Nineteen teams — in one girls, three boys and an adult division — took part in the 3-on-3 tournament. Players also competed in Hot Shot and 3-point shooting contests with around 80 participants scoring.
“We are so excited our first Slam at the Graham event had such an excellent turnout,” said Shellie Haluska, Carroll High School Foundation president and one of the event’s organizers. “We had terrific players, volunteers and sponsors to make the day a success.” Action was held on four courts at Graham Park in the first outdoor tournament on the newly developed basketball courts.
The warm day suited the adults’ winning team just fine. The team comprised of Carroll Police officers, featuring Alex Klever, Justin Ferrin and Tony Amdor, went undefeated for the title.
“It’s for a good cause,” Ferrin said.
The Police Department not only participated in the games, they provided volunteer work and sold T-shirts, later donating the proceeds from their sales to the CHS Foundation.
The Carroll High School Foundation, a nonprofit corporation started by volunteers, provides financial resources to benefit students and staff of the Carroll Community School District to enhance and inspire educational experiences and opportunities through community assistance.
A Carroll girls team won the fifth- and sixth-grade title, Kuemper boys teams won in the third- and fourth- and fifth- and sixth-grade divisions, and a Carroll boys team won the seventh- and eighth-grade title.
It created an atmosphere that impressed many of the spectators, including Carroll High School teacher and longtime coach Bill Baddeley.
“This is just a great event,” he said.
Baddeley, who kept the games running on time and volunteered at the scorer’s table, encouraged an all-men’s team to be gentlemen when taking the court against the only all-women’s team in the field.
“We’ll give the ladies the ball first,” he said.
The event had support from multiple sponsors, including The Graphic Edge, Culligan Water, Trophies Plus, Auen Distributing, Sound and Service, Carroll Recreation Center, Pizza Ranch and Culver’s.
“An extra special thanks to them,” Haluska said.
The morning turned into an afternoon filled with possession-saving dives, between-the-leg passes, and one alley-oop dunk attempt.
Organizers are already talking about making the event a yearly tradition.
“We are excited to do the event again next year and make it bigger and better,” Haluska said. “If we have this great weather and turnout, I can see us holding the event for years to come.”
For information about the CHS Foundation, contact Haluska at 712-790-7923.
SLAM AT GRAHAM WINNERS:
3 ON 3
3rd/4th boys — Kanne, Schroeder, Running
5th/6th girls — Sinnard, Snyder, Kofran, Thein
5th/6th Boys — Gifford, Pottebaum, Mohr
7th/8th Boys — Lee, Kock, Booth, Dirkx
Adults — Klever, Ferrin, Amdor
Under 3rd Boys — Madden Kruse
3rd/4th Boys — Blake Molinski
5/6 Girls — Shay Sinnard
5th/6th Boys — Alek Sinnard
7th/8th Girls — Avery Jeschke
7th/8th Boys — Elijah Lee
Adult, Female — Marissa Haubrich
Adult, Male — Aaron Haubrich
3rd/4th - boys - Caden Janson
5th/6th- girls - Shay Sinnard
5th/6th - boys - Noah Lee
7th/8th - girls- Avery Jeschke
7th/8th - boys - Caden Kock
Adult - Female - Ashley Schable
Adult - Male - Tyler Tassell