Enterprise staff writer
Heather Bryan, Becca Ferrick, Brandi Foster … even legendary Denise Curry. TheyÕve all being invited.
When the Davis High basketball program conducts a series of girls and boys alumni games on Nov. 27 Ñ Thanksgiving weekend Ñ it could be a very special night in local sports history.
ÒWeÕve made the call,Ó Lady Blue Devil coach Jeff Christian says while hoping to have Curry make a return to the school at which she helped change the face of womenÕs basketball.
ÒIt would be an honor to have her and all the alumni come home for a special game,Ó Christian adds.
Boys coach Dan Gonzalez and Christian will present their junior varsity and varsity teams against returning Blue Devils. The younger alums will match up with the varsity teams. The ÒveteransÓ get the JVs.
ÒHopefully, the games serve several purposes,Ó the sixth-year coach goes on. ÒFirst and foremost, it is a way to say thanks. The current coaches and players would like to honor our alumni for all the hard work they put into building the program.
ÒSecondly, itÕs a chance to get out and have some fun. I remember playing in these type of games as a player and I always looked forward to going up against some of the players I respected when I was growing up.Ó
Christian played at Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) before going on to compete at the University of San Francisco.
ÒTo me, it was sort of like being in an all-star event. Having four older brothers, I grew up watching the alumni Ñ so when the alumni game came around it was like ÔWow, I am playing against some players I grew up respecting.Õ Lots of fun,Ó the olÕ swingman remembered.
Christian and George Sousa, an assistant with the DHS boys who also coached at Mitty for five seasons, believe the quadruple header could be a great fundraiser, as well. But both say the benefits of Nov. 27 will be far-reaching.
ÒThe current players will not have an idea of what the games mean until they participate in one,Ó Christian continues. ÒAs a coach, it will be my responsibility to make sure the current players understand the meaning of an alumni game.
ÒIt is exciting, because this is how tradition starts. Tradition leads to pride and pride leads to a sense of ownership. Hopefully, all parties leave the game and feel like this is our program.Ó
Christian knows the games will be Òfantastic.Ó
ÒIt will be nice to get caught up and nice to start something that will hopefully happen until long after I am gone.Ó
Notes: Curry, the former Olympian who is the all-time leading basketball scorer at UCLA (women and men), is a National Basketball Hall of Fame member and was in the first class of the DHS Hall of Fame. She led the Blue Devils to back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section titles in the mid-1970s … Want to get involved? ÒWe are trying to get the word out,Ó Christian says. ÒI have contacted several alumni and have asked them to do some of the leg work. The girls program would love support from any former player Ñ all they have to do is call.Ó To contact Christian, call (530) 574-4641. On the boys side, e-mail Gonzalez at [email protected]
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