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Three Central athletic alumni groups held games to raise money for their respective programs: basketball, softball and baseball.
The first Saturday in June alumni competition was a basketball game featuring former Central Coosa basketball players versus former Benjamin Russell basketball players. The teams played for a packed house at Central gym which was no surprise since the Central team featured two former Cougars who went on to professional basketball careers, Jamario Moon and Xavier Moon.
In addition, the Cougars were coached by their Alabama High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame coach, Joe N. Belyeu. Although Benjamin Russell brought an all-star team, the Central Cougars took the game with a score of 85 to 76. Thank you to Kim Belyeu for organizing the game.
On June 10 the second annual Central softball alumni game was held at Doyle Field. Eighteen former Central softball players came out for some friendly competition which raised $700 for the Lady Cougar softball program. Friends and families even made signs to cheer on the former Lady Cougars.
Thank you to former Central softball player Addi Whaley and parent volunteer Beverly Ogle for organizing the event and Coosa Upward for running concessions.
Central baseball held its inaugural, or first, alumni game the first Saturday in July. Twenty-four former Central baseball players came out for some friendly competition with family and friends there to cheer them on in the Blue versus White game.
Although it was cut short by rain in the seventh inning with a score of 9-4, White team, the players and fans had a great time while raising more than $500 for the baseball program. The little boy who kept yelling, “Go, Daddy!,” seemed to especially be having a good time.
Thank you to former Central baseball player Carson Cardwell and family for organizing the game, assistant baseball coach Daryl Ingram for preparing the field and umpiring, and Diamond Dolls Abigail Hurt, Eden Nicholson and Caroline Thornton for volunteering in concessions.
We appreciate all of our alumni who continue to give back to their Alma Mater and embody the “Once a Cougar, Always a Cougar!” spirit.