WESTMORELAND — Former players for Westmoreland Central School returned for Alumni Basketball Night and the 1965-66 IVL League championship team was honored on Dec. 29.
Participants played in three games at the junior/senior high school gymnasium. An “Old Timers” game, featuring players who graduated before 2000, tipped-off at 5 p.m. It was followed by a “Lady Bulldogs” game, featuring female alumni, and a “21st Century” game, featuring male alumni who graduated after 2000.
The following alumni played:
Lady Bulldogs Alumni Game
White Team – Sarah Flint Rados, Becky Reece Roberts, Jill Mihm Downs, Martina Shackleford, Kara Smith Young, Alicia Smolinsky Smith, Corinne Kopytowski Rothdiener, Olivia Merrell, Jessica Donley Zech, Val Gritsch Connor and Mary Barber
Green Team – Brooke Novak Haynes, Amy Howlett Everetts, Linda Bloss Fisher, Kristin Williams, Megan Nolan, Grace DePierto, Andrea Novak Jette, Cherie Bloss Poland, Morgan Barber and Kia Barber
Old Timers Alumni Game
White Team – Greg Williams, Jace Volo, Ed Bonham, Jim McCarthy, Barry VanDreason, Ed Ryan and Angelo Gaetano
Green Team – Jamie Green, Kenny Spaven, Mike Hebbard, Brett Stuttard, Jeff Coy, Paul Kulpa, Jeromie Hebbard and Mark Putnam
21st Century Alumni Game
White Team – Jimmy Barron, Jake Shackleford, Dan Smith, Tyler Deveans, Jake Lyman, Mike Rahn, Joe Becker, Geo Castro, Dylan Hannaford, Patrick Nolan and Kris Harrison
Green Team – Teddy Flint, Tony Fiorilli, Colin DeBiase, Eric Rodriguez, TJ Losowski, Chris Chapin, Ben Taylor, Nick Matwijec, Nik Hameister, Zach Stephens and Colin Clanton
At the conclusion of the “Old Timers” game, members of the 1965-66 Westmoreland Boys Varsity Basketball team were honored. The team, coached by 2017 Alumni Basketball Night honoree Don “Coach Mac” McLellan, finished the season with a 16-4 record and as champion of the Inter-Valley League. The team’s biggest wins included a 60-49 victory over then undefeated Oriskany and 50-42 defeat of West Canada Valley.
1965-66 Boys Varsity Basketball Team – IVL Champions
Don “Coach Mac” McLellan (Coach)
Joe Ryan (Captain)
Glen Masner (Captain)
D. Robinson (Manager)
All proceeds from “Alumni Basketball Night” benefited the Westmoreland Sports Boosters.
The following individuals and sponsors for 2018 Alumni Basketball Night:
Tony Albrecht – Organizer
Greg Williams – Organizer
Vic Iverson – Referee
Mark Montgomery – Announcer
Westmoreland Sports Boosters
Fazio’s Auto Sales
Cliff’s Local Market
The 2019 “Alumni Basketball Night” will take place on Saturday, Dec. 28.