By Molly Seales
On Tuesday, December 2, Riverdale Rebel fans gathered for “Meet the Rebels” to officially kick off this year’s basketball season. This event is one of the Rebel Club’s biggest fundraisers, and this year did not disappoint. For “Meet the Rebels,” each class creates a basket to raffle at the events. Fans could buy tickets for $5 each and put them into a bag for any of the raffle baskets. During this raffle event, the Rebel basketball teams from 5th – 12th grade played against each other as the red team and the white team. While this is a lot of fun for them, the stakes were high: the winning team is served a barbecue dinner and the losing team is served Beanie Weenies.
A running score was kept for the game, and whichever team had the most points at the end of the night won the feast. This year the teams were very evenly matched, and it came down to the varsity boys’ game to determine the winner. The 5th/6th grade girls kicked off the game at 4:00 p.m. The red team led at the end of their game, 10-4. Kaleigh Pickett scored 6 points for the red team, while Krista Mancil had 4 points. For the white team, Lily McCoy and Ally Kate Hillman scored 2 points each. Other red team members were Lexi Mancil and Madi Baxley, and other white team members were Alissa Curry, Madalyn Chamberlin, and Abbie Jowers. Next the 5th and 6th grade boys took the court, and after their game, the red team still led by a score of 23-14. For the white team Jax Hearold sank 2 3-pointers and another basket for 8 points and Jackson Hillman added 2 points. For the red team, Preston Eaves had 9 points and Kaden McNeely added 4 points. Other white team members were Shea Nettles and Cannon Breedlove, and other red team members were Kane Milner and Hayden Cason.
The JV girls teams played next, and they narrowed the gap, but at the end of their game the red team still led by a score of 32-29. For the white team Mary Claire Jones had 12 points and Gracie Stephens added a 3 pointer. For the red team, Makayla Pickett had 4 points, Georgia Carlisle and Hanna Catherine Huddleston added 2 points each, and Emma Giddings had 1 point. Other members of the white team were Charity Williamson, Emily Cason, and Madison Chamberlin, and other members of the red team were Jadyn King and Julia Grace Riggs.
The JV boys played next, and the score went back and forth the whole game. At the end of their game, the score was tied at 46-46. For the white team Will Jones sank a 3 pointer, Aston Hester also sank a 3 pointer and added another 2 point shot, Kyle Guillory had a 3 pointer and 4 more points, and Logan Gryder rounded out the scoring with 2 points. Tanner Carlisle was also on the white team. For the red team, Ryder Huddleston had the hot hands, sinking 2 3-pointers and two other baskets for a total of 10 points. Hayden Hillman and Colton Caskey each added 2 points for the red team. Ashton Almond and Shea Nettles were also on the red team.
The varsity girls matched up next, and at the end of their game, the red team once again led by a score of 70-63. For the white team, Rylee Kate Woodard sank 3 3-pointers and added another basket for a total of 11 points, while Emily Cason added 4 points and Pacey Lindsey added 2. Renee’ Prosperie was also on the white team. For the red team, Jessie Kate Cobb had 8 points, Emma Nell Clemons had 5 points, Ronda Black had 4 points, Kenley Loftin had 3 points, and Jadyn King and Georgia Carlisle each added 2 points.
It came down to the varsity boys game, which was a lot more fun than it was serious. The final score was 93-88, with the red team winning and earning the barbecue feast. Jake Messenger was on fire for the white team with 2 3-pointers and 3 other baskets for a total of 12 points. Paul Messenger added 6 points, while Kyle Guillory added a 3 point shot. Ty “Bones” Jones and Garrett Wilhite each added 2 points. Other white team members were Caden Long, Jace Wilhite, and James Wagoner. Parker Almond led the red team with a total of 10 points, which included 2 3-pointers. Ryder Huddleston added 6 points and Ben Almond had a 3 pointer. Luke Greer and Mason Murray each added 2 points for the red. Other red team members were Noah Wren, Denver Williams, Brennan Edie, and Reagan Huddleston.
The drawing for the raffle baskets was held between the varsity girls and varsity boys game. Winners of the baskets were as follows: The Pre-K “Comfy and Cozy Basket” was won by Charity Williamson. The kindergarten “Stay Home/Stay Cozy Basket” was won by Cheri Watson. The 1st grade “Pioneer Woman Basket” was won by Brooklyn Azlin. The 2nd grade “Cup of Tea Basket” was won by Jessie Kate Cobb, who was also celebrating her 17th birthday that day. The 3rd grade “Slow Cooking Basket” was won by Tray Murray. The 4th grade “Rise and Shine Basket” was also won by Brooklyn Azlin. The 5th grade “Lazy Day Basket” was won by Kelly Azlin. The 6th grade “Christmas Basket” was won by Ashley Eaves. The 7th grade “Rainy Day Basket” was also won by Charity Williamson. The 8th grade “Cleaning Basket” was won by Jay and Ashley Donald. The 9th grade “Camping Basket” was also won by Kelly Azlin. The 10th grade “Glamorous Scents Basket” was won by Ashlie Messenger. The 11th grade “This or That Man Basket” was won by Charla Guillot. Finally, the 12th grade “Rebel Chest” basket was won by Trudie Shaver. The final auction item of the night was the advertising space in front of the score keeper’s stand in the Riverdale Gym. The highest bidder uses the space to advertise for the entire basketball season. This year’s high bidder and winner was Marie Woodard.
The Rebel Club would like to thank everyone who came out, supported the Rebels, and helped make this annual event a huge success once again. Follow the Riverdale home games live being broadcast on Journal Sports.