By Andrew Glover
GLENCOE, Okla. —
After winning the Class A basketball state championship in March, the Glencoe Panthers are wanting to commemorate that feat with championship rings. In order to raise the necessary funds, the Panthers are looking to their past as they will host three alumni games beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at Glencoe High School.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” boys basketball coach John Lazenby said. “There’s a lot of excitement about the success we’ve had. I think we will have a large turnout.”
Glencoe will have a women’s alumni game followed by a male game for alumni over 30 and a men’s game for 18-30-year-old alumni. Lazenby said there’s been a lot of interest.
“We have some older guys that go to the gym on Monday and they are excited about it,” Lazenby said. “It will give some guys a chance to sharpen their skills and play in front of a crowd again.”
Lazenby said fans will get to see both young and old compete.
“We have a lot people playing in their 30s,” Lazenby said. “One player is in his 50s and another in his late 40s. We have some recent graduates like my son John that are excited about coming back.”
The entertainment on Saturday won’t be limited to just a few basketball games. At halftime of the women’s game, the Glencoe Little Dribblers will perform. Admission is $5 for adults and free for kids of high school age or younger. Lazenby said they’ve raised several funds already.
“We’ve already received $8,000 in donations to go to rings and miniature trophies,” Lazenby said. “It’s good to have the community to support us. We’ve had support all year long.”
Lazenby said he’s looking forward to reconnecting with past players and celebrate the success of the program.
“Six of the last 12 years we’ve played in the state tournament,” Lazenby said. “Four of those six we’ve been in the finals. We’ve been fortunate enough to win a gold ball twice. This community has basketball fever.”