The Times photo by Betsy Reason
Addison McMillan controls the basketball, while team members Abby Hutchinson and Bella Ott provide offense against another youth winter basketball team at the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville’s Community Center. The players are competing off the court, also, selling pancake breakfast tickets for this Saturday.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Addison McMillan controls the basketball, while team members Abby Hutchinson and Bella Ott provide offense against another youth winter basketball team at the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville’s Community Center. The players are competing off the court, also, selling pancake breakfast tickets for this Saturday.
This is the third year we’ve participated in the youth winter basketball leagues at the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville.
Our team is among three teams with players in Grades 5-8 and among 45 teams playing weekly at the Club’s Community Center.
This year, all of the teams wear new reversible blue and white jerseys, sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings’ “Team Up for Kids” program, which by 2020 will have donated more than $17 million to fund programs Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation through corporate and guest donations. The jerseys are blue on one side and white on the other. So each game, one team will go blue and other white.
Noblesville’s Ron Lantzer is our coach for the second year, and he is a tough, but great coach. He’s a 1978 graduate of Westfield High School and, by day, is chief inspector for the City of Fishers.
Our team, sponsored by McMillan’s Auto Care & Towing, won the first game of the season, 28-18, lost the next two, 14-4 and 24-18, and won the fourth game, 26-7. Our next game is tonight, a double-header at 5:30 p.m. at the Club’s Community Center. Games continue weekly March 12, with the Club’s playoffs, the 38th annual Basketball Spectacular on March 17 at Noblesville High School. The public is welcome to attend games and the Spectacular.
This month, the Club’s winter league players have two events. The first is this Saturday, the annual pancake breakfast and picture day, 8 a.m. to noon at the Club Community Center, 150 N. 17th St., Noblesville.
The Noblesville Sunrisers Kiwanis Club members will prepare the breakfast that annually attracts more than 1,000 people and raises money to benefit the Club’s sports programming.
Tickets are $5. My daughter is selling tickets, as are all of the winter basketball players. And I encourage anybody who wants to attend or to support the Club to buy their tickets from one of the players, rather than the Club or at the door. That’s because it’s a competition. Players are competing, off the court, to sell the most number of pancake breakfast tickets. The top boy and girl who sell the most number of tickets will win a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods, and the team that sells the most number of tickets will win a limousine ride to an Indiana Pacers home game. Those attending the breakfast are also welcome to attend a free public open house, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the new Club, which opened Jan. 15.
The second winter league basketball event is Friday, Feb. 16, when the Club will have its annual Appreciation Night with teams being announced on the court between the Noblesville Millers Junior Varsity and Varsity game at The Mill at NHS. Coaches and kids get in free with their team jerseys, and friends and family can buy presale tickets for $2 starting Feb. 10 at the Club’s Community Center.
This season, The Times again sponsored a winter basketball team made up of second-grade boys and girls. The team plays on Tuesdays, through March 6, with all game times at 5:30 p.m., except for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13. The Times team will be recognized along with other participating Boys & Girls Club winter league basketball teams during the Feb. 16 Appreciation Night. Read more about The Times’ winter league basketball team in an upcoming issue of The Times.
-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.