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NHS Alumni Game a success

Monday, January 21, 2013

Former Northview High School standout Bill Sampson was one of approximately 20 players who participated in Saturday's alumni game. [Order this photo]
The bleachers in the Northview High School gymnasium were filled Saturday afternoon prior to the Knights facing Evansville North.

But nostalgia was on the mind of those in attendance.

School officials conducted the first alumni game Saturday, with approximately 20 former players participating.

Former Northview High School basketball coach Jon Crooks shares a laugh with former player Chris DeHart during the Northview Alumni Game Saturday. [Order this photo]
The event was spearheaded by current Northview boys' varsity coach Clint Weddle and assistant varsity coach Chris DeHart.

Former players such as Kenny Rowan, Michael Workman, Mark Parkey, Bill Sampson, Jonathan Bradshaw, Brooks Lear, Nick Sanders, Zach Sheese, Bowie Johnson, Dustin Montgomery and more played in Saturday's game.

The teams, wearing gray and red Northview Alumni T-shirts, were coached by former NHS coaches Jon Crooks and Mitch Lancaster.

Former Northview High School standouts Brooks Lear (left) and Kenny Rowan battle for possession of the ball. [Order this photo]
For Parkey, who graduated from Northview in 1990, playing in the game was a great chance to catch up with former teammates.

"I was excited. I haven't been on a basketball court in about 20 years," Parkey said. "I jumped at the chance to do it. I stay in contact with a few (former teammates), mostly local."

After graduating, Parkey eventually moved to the Indianapolis area, but moved back to Brazil approximately eight years ago. He currently works for Caterpillar, based out of Indianapolis, in sales.

While playing at Northview, Parkey was a guard.

Bill Sampson, a 1991 Northview grad, also enjoyed Saturday's opportunity.

"It's been about 10 years since I played any ball," the former Northview center said. "I thought I'd come out and have a little fun."

After graduating from Northview, Sampson joined the military. Currently, he owns and operates a martial arts business as well as working for Great Dane.

In the end, DeHart said Coach Crooks' red team was victorious, 73-62.

"Coach Crooks has bragging rights for a year," DeHart said. "Everything turned out really, really well. I was very, very happy with it."

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The game was a fun experience. I would like to see a CC vs NV alumni game. It would bring lots of tradition, and probably even a larger crowd!

-- Posted by rburns on Tue, Jan 22, 2013, at 1:05 PM

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