The annual Guns and Hoses Basketball extravaganza is 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in Eveland Gym.
Lovers of spirited, if not smooth, basketball skills are in for a fun evening with a grudge match between Crestwood and Mayo alumni players and the main game featuring the natural rivalry between the Paris Police Department and the Paris Fire Department.
A free will donation covers admission to both games with all money going to Christmas for Kids, a local charity that works to put wrapped Christmas gifts under the tree for Edgar County children who might not have a Christmas without the help.
A bit of competition is being mixed in to encourage more generous donations at the door. Students at Mayo, Crestood, Wenz and Memorial schools have created vessels to accept the Christmas for Kids donations. Fans attending the game choose which school’s receptacle to use and the school collecting the most money for the charity gets a bragging rights trophy to keep until the 2020 game.
Hot basketball action starts at 5:30 p.m. with the Mayo vs. Crestwood alumni game. The top question on every fan’s mind is will the Eagles, led by Paris High School Coach Chase Brinkley even the series, or will Mayo, under Dalten Temples, take a 2-0 lead in the series? This game features both younger as well as more experienced alumni. Some of the players taking the floor are Crestwood Coach Bob Abernathy, Robert Hodgeson, Josh Cary, Jason Stults, Erik Trogdon, Bessie Rigdon, Hannah Volkman, Erica Shewmake, Casey Jones, KC Denson, Whitney Haase, Don Bartos, Marc Dalbey, Shawn Nugent, Jared Trogdon and DJ Fessant.
The alumni game is the warm-up for the main event – the Guns and Hoses game. This is the third year for the game and the police department leads the series at 2-0. In the 2018 game, the Guns, led by Travis Vice came out and enforced a 25-point lead, but the Hoses captained by Zack Janis and Chad Crampton cooled their hot hands and made it into a 1-score game. It was the Guns all the way in the second half as the PD handcuffed their opponents down the stretch to win again.
Adding to the excitement this year is the color commentary by master of ceremonies Casey Pinnell, football coach at Robinson. Pinnell may be under some constraints since his wife and fellow Maroons coach Sara Pinnell is playing in the alumni game alongside her sister Laurie Keys.
Concessions are available to make it a fun, family evening for a good cause.