ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville Athletics Department is pleased to announce that Kimmel Arena will be the primary site of the first ever Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout featuring some of the top high school teams in the state of North Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 30. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society for the fight against cancer.
The Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout will be two-day event that will bring 10 prep teams onto the UNC Asheville campus. On Friday Nov. 29, there will be a catered banquet and silent auction plus each team will be recognized and asked to make a donation to the Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout. In addition, the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association will recognize the 2012 Coach of the year. There will also be a keynote speaker on Friday.
On Saturday, games will take place at both Justice Center and Kimmel Arena throughout the day. Here are the match-ups.
GIRLS (Justice Center) BOYS (Kimmel Arena)
McDowell vs. Kinston, 1 p.m. Christ School vs. Charlotte Latin, 12:30 p.m.
Smoky Mountain vs. Hoggard, 2:45 p.m. Kinston vs. Mount Tabor, 2:15 p.m.
Enka vs. Weddington, 4:30 p.m. Smoky Mountain vs. Hoggard, 4 p.m.
Enka vs. Davie County, 5:45 p.m.
East Rutherford vs. Olympic, 7:30 p.m.
Some of the coaches from teams in the tournament commented on what it means for their club to play in this inaugural event.
“I am very privileged to have my team invited to the first Coaches vs. Cancer games,” stated Brad Levine, head boys coach at East Rutherford HS. “The event is very special because we as high school coaches and players can play these games for a very special cause. The NCBCA has worked very hard with numerous organizations and people to see the idea become a reality. The event should be a lot of fun for everyone.”
“This event means a lot to me personally as cancer has claimed the lives of two family members. It will mean the world to our team knowing that this event is actually bigger than the game and has a bigger purpose then basketball,” commented Hubert Quinerly, head girls coach at Kinston HS. “When you get a chance to say I coached or played in an event that has been all over ESPN, it’s just a honor for our program.”
"The Olympic High School basketball program is honored to be a participant in the inaugural NCBCA Coaches vs. Cancer event at UNC Asheville,” declared Ty Baumgardner, head boys coach at Olympic HS. “For me personally, it means a great deal because of how cancer has affected my family. My grandmother and my mom’s mother died of ovarian cancer and to see up close what cancer does to that individual and the effects it has on the rest of the family members is quite traumatic. Playing in this event will be a great platform for me and my staff to educate the players in our program about not only cancer awareness, but more importantly preventative measures against cancer and steps in dealing with someone who develops cancer. Until there is a cure, at some point in our lifetime all of us will be affected by this terrible disease one way or another."
The teams in the tournament are among the best in the state of North Carolina. Here are some of the highlights of each team.
Christ School: Finished 2013 with a 31-7 record. Won conference and tournament championship.
Kinston Boys: Finished 2013 with a 28-2 record and 2-A state championship and have won three of the last four 2-A state titles.
Kinston Girls: Finished 2013 with 27-4 record and 2-A state championship. Posted a 76-11 overall record the past three years.
Hoggard Boys: Finished 2013 with 18-9 record and earned conference championship.
Hoggard Girls: Finished 2013 with 10-14 record.
Olympic Boys: Finished 2013 with perfect 30-0 record and won 4-A state championship. Have won five straight conference championships.
Mt. Tabor Boys: Finished 2013 with 27-4 record and advanced to Western Regional championship game.
Davie County Boys: Finished 2013 with 21-6 record. Compiled a 44-11 record the past two years.
Enka Boys: Finished 2013 with a 12-15 overall record
Enka Girls: Finished 2013 with a 13-16 overall record.
Smoky Mountain Boys: Compiled a 23-4 overall record last season. Won conference tournament and sectional championship.
Smoky Mountain Girls: Finished with a 7-18 overall record last year.
McDowell Girls: Posted a 17-10 record last season.
Weddington Girls: Finished with a 21-7 overall record in 2013.
Tickets for the tournament will cost $10 and can be purchased at the UNC Asheville Ticket Office or by calling 828-258-7900. They can also be bought on-line at www.uncabulldogs.com.