Grad 2005-2007 claims Blair D'Andrea Alumni Basketball Tournament
Grad 2005-2007 held off a later charge to defeat Grad 2003 58-51 in the final of the Blair D’Andrea Alumni Basketball Tournament during the Christmas holidays at the L.V. Rogers Hangar.
The Grad 2005-07 squad, consisting of David and Florian Joseph, Jake Phelan, Mark Dodsworth, Braden Klein, Bryan Gaschnitz, Keith Hutton and Ryan Golik, built up a large lead before holding on as Grad 2003 cut into a 20-plus point lead.
Organizer Jeremy Phelan was pleased with the tournament as this was the first year that the event saw participation from Grad cohorts from 1994-2000 organized by Lee McKay which was great and we’re hoping to get more of those Grads involved in the future as they were part of some of the great LVR basketball teams.
The addition brought the age spread to over 24 years, from Grad 1994 to Grad 2018.
The tournament, which raised more than $1200 with 50 alumni participating, saw D’Andrea’s sons, Eric (Grad 2008) and Jason (Grad 2011), attended the event and played on a team together.
Jake Anderson of Grad 2016 received the Blair D’Andrea Scholarship Award in the amount of $500.
Anderson presently plays for the St Mary’s University (Calgary, AB) Lightening Men’s Basketball team along with former high school teammate Josh Matosevic.
The Blair D’Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society was established in 2012 and has been instrumental in supporting local post-secondary student-athletes, Nelson Hoops grassroots minor basketball initiatives, the Kootenay Chill Club Basketball program, the LVR basketball programs, and the West Kootenay Men’s Basketball League through scholarships, donations, and equipment.
For more information on how to donate or get involved with initiatives run by the Blair D’Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society please email email@example.com.
Many thanks to Safeway for catering the event and to Ted Allen’s Jewelry for providing the trophy hardware and engraving. Phelan would also like to thank LVR for supporting through use of the gym and facilities.