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Hoops for Hope returns, but with important change


Hoops for Hope returns, but with important change

Tanner Sizemore

Hoops for Hope is back once again, but this year there’s one key difference: Harrison won’t be playing West Lafayette.

Instead, the Raiders will face the Central Catholic Knights Saturday, February 6 at 2:30 p.m.

Shirts can be purchased at Mr. Harrison for $10 a piece.

Hoops for Hope originated in 2008 as a way to help raise funds for Caroline Harmon, a five-year-old battling leukemia.

At the time, Harmon’s father taught at Harrison High School and her mother taught at West Lafayette High School.

The student councils of each school agreed that a game would be played between Harrison and West Lafayette to supplement the fundraiser.

Over $17,000 was raised during the first Hoops for Hope event.

Because of its tremendous success, Hoops for Hope became an annual tradition.

“It’s just electric,” said head coach Mark Rinehart. “Our players always realize that it becomes about something bigger than themselves. It’s a pretty neat experience.”

This year’s recipient is four-year-old Anders Maresh.

Maresh suffers from mitochondrial disease, a series of disorders characterized by dysfunctional mitochondria.

As part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Maresh will visit Walt Disney World.

Hoops for Hope will also assist Tippecanoe School Corporation employees Tila Marshall and Bill Traux, both of whom are struggling with cancer.

“I’ve definitely seen it affect the community in a positive way,” said student council president Rosalie Stanley. “I’m honored that I was able to be in charge of this.”

At this point in the season, Harrison holds an 8-6 record, winning six of its last eight games.

Leading the way is junior guard Jack Mathew, averaging a team-high 10.6 points per game.

Rinehart believes that the team has improved offensively.

In order to be an elite team, they’ll need refine their skills at the other end of the floor.

“We have to continue to work to get more consistent defensively,” said Rinehart.

On the other side, Central Catholic has compiled a record of 9-3.

The Knights have been victorious in eight of their last nine contests.