In recognition of the opening of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Museum at the JustAGame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells, the WBCA has scheduled some special activities for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16-17.
The Hall of Fame Museum recognizes more than 100 years of high school basketball history with exhibits on inductees, scoring leaders, coaching leaders, 1,000-point scorers, winners of the Mr. and Miss Basketball awards, jerseys from every team in the state and pennants for every state champion. The largest display in the museum is a history wall featuring players, teams and stories that have had the most impact in Wisconsin high school basketball history.
Earlier this summer, the WBCA topped the $2 million mark in donations to the MACC Fund through the WBCA annual All-Star games that started in 1978.
The special two-day event at the JustAGame Fieldhouse starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday when current professional basketball players who played high school basketball in Wisconsin take on an all-star team from the Closed Gym League in Milwaukee that features some of the best players in the area. Admission to the game is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Among the players committed to participate are former Catholic Central High School standout Rion Rayfield, who played at Florida Southern and former St. Catherine’s standout Cordero Barkley, who played for UW-Green Bay. Coaches will be St. Catherine’s boys basketball coach Bob Letsch and Jim
McIlvaine, the former St. Catherine’s and Marquette University standout and former NBA player.
On Saturday, festivities begin at 10 a.m. with an All-Star Alumni game featuring women players who have competed in past WBCA All-Star games. Among the expected participants is former Park High School standout LaTonya Sims.
That game will be followed by Bango and the Milwaukee Bucks Rim Rockers’ high-flying trampoline dunking show.
The men’s All-Star Alumni game follows and will feature players who have participated in the WBCA’s signature event.
Wrapping up the day will be a dedication ceremony emceed by Bucks announcer Jim Paschke and featuring representatives from the WBCA, Wisconsin Dells and MACC Fund.
Admission for Saturday is $7 for adults and $4 for students and includes a cookout lunch. There also will be contests for kids, a silent auction and prize giveaways. Admission Saturday is free for WBCA members and former WBCA All-Star players.