September 21, 2014

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Benefit basketball game draws fans, raises money for Medina schools

MEDINA — As any sports fan can tell you, the final score of a game doesn’t always tell the whole story.

This was true Wednesday night at Medina High School when the visiting Harlem Wizards played a version of basketball against sev­eral members of the Medina com­munity.

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell goes up against a player from the Harlem Wizards on Wednesday night. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell goes up against a player from the Harlem Wizards on Wednesday night. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

About 2,000 people came out to watch the alley-oop-crazed Wiz­ards beat the Marvelous Medi­namos 78-68 in a fundraiser for the Friends of Medina City Schools.

It may have technically been a basketball game, but the dance interludes, crowd interactions and allowances for 10- and 20-point shots turned the game into a show.

Members of the Medinamos included Mayor Dennis Han­well, Superintendent Randy Stepp and several Medina teachers.

Legendary Cleveland Cava­liers radio announcer and Lafayette Township resident Joe Tait was one of the game’s announcers.

Friends of Medina City Schools volunteer Amy Rigsby said the event exceeded every­one’s expectations.

“I thought it was awesome,” Rigsby said. “By far more than we imagined.”

Rigsby said the group con­tacted the Wizards, a traveling show team, who offer a unique fundraising opportunity for the schools.

Stepp said he was excited to see so many members of the community come to the event. “The goal was to make it fun,” Stepp said. “The kids were really into it.”

As for his time on the court, Stepp said he played about as well as he expected to play.

“I only had one air ball, so that was good,” he said.

Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or jpignolet@medina-gazette.com.