Thursday, January 7, 2010

Basketball Bonanza Promises Hardwood Excitement

BIG RAPIDS - Expect an all-you-can-handle buffet of college and prep basketball on Jan. 9 in Jim Wink Arena on the Ferris State University campus.

The FSU Athletics Department has put together a quadruple-header of basketball action that features men's and women's college games between Ferris and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival Saginaw Valley State University and boys and girls prep games featuring local Mecosta County rivals Big Rapids High School and Chippewa Hills High School. The action begins at 1 p.m. with the Cardinals and Chippewas facing off in the prep girls game. At 3 p.m. the Ferris women are in action against SVSU and the men's game tips off at 5 p.m. between the Bulldogs and Saginaw Valley. At 7 p.m., the action concludes with a boys prep showdown between Chippewa Hills and Big Rapids.

The four games will be a great opportunity for all of Mecosta County to come together and experience prep and college basketball action on one day in one venue. The games originally were scheduled to be played at Chippewa Hills High School, on the east side of Mecosta County, but have been moved to Ferris to help make this event a success.

"We're excited to team up with Chippewa Hills High School to bring the community a full day of entertaining basketball," Ferris Associate Athletics Director Jon Coles (pictured) said. "Any time we can use athletics to bring the community and surrounding areas onto campus, it's a positive for the institution.

"The FSU Athletics Department has worked hard to build the bridge with the community and I believe these types of events only strengthen that relationship," he added.

Here is the schedule for the Basketball Bonanza:

1 p.m. - High School Girls: Big Rapids vs. Chippewa Hills
3 p.m. - College Women: FSU vs. Saginaw Valley State
5 p.m. - College Men: FSU vs. Saginaw Valley State
7 p.m. - High School Boys: Big Rapids vs. Chippewa Hills

For more information, check out the official press release from Ferris Athletics Communications:
http://www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com/sports/mbkb/2009-10/releases/bball-bonanza

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