“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
The famous quote from playwright George Bernard Shaw sums up Saturday at Jackson Hole High School, where old met young on the hardwood.
For the second time, officially, former Jackson Hole High School basketball players matched up against the current crop of ballers during the second annual Basketball Alumni Weekend. Men’s and women’s alumni teams held round-robin tournaments, and the winners faced the 2018-19 Broncs in separate championships Saturday.
The event even had a pair of sisters matching up against one another in the women’s championship game. Junior Bella Gwilliam faced off against Class of 2014 star Bridget Gwilliam. Jackson’s current coach Sean Shockley said the two really went at each other.
“Bella was definitely determined to compete hard,” he said. “It brought competitiveness out of both of them and was fun to watch.”
Shockley said players as old as the Class of ’96 participated.
Score wasn’t kept officially, but Shockley said his current crop got the best of the alumni. The event has occurred informally for years over the holiday break when many alumni return home. The scrimmages and pick-up games became more formal last season when Joel Revill took over as executive director of Jackson Hole Youth Basketball and decided to organize the first weekend, which includes a party at the Elks Lodge on Friday night.
A $5 suggested donation was taken at the door by those in attendance. Money raised will go to both Jackson Hole Youth Basketball and the Jackson Hole High School basketball programs.
The event is expected to continue, as both weekends have been a hit so far for all involved, Shockley said.
“It’s a really great chance to combine the present with the old and make an event of it,” he said.