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Crockett alumni game set for Saturday

June 20th, 2014 8:33 pm by Jeff Birchfield

David Crockett athletic director Josh Kite wants tonight’s alumni game with North Greene to be both a celebration of the present as much as the past.

He believes seeing the former Pioneer greats in action adds to the momentum for the Crockett program which made its first playoff appearance in 13 years last season. 

“With the rise of interest in our program, we’re trying to keep building and building on it,” Kite said. “It’s the battle of the counties. We wanted to add some to the flavor of what’s going on.”

The organizers have put together much more than just a ball game this time around.

There will be a fly-by with the Wings helicopter and there are plenty of activities for the kids. They include bounce houses, slides, face painting and a 100-yard dizzy bat race.

There will also be prizes given away and a fireworks show after the game.

“We wanted to make it a community event, something different,” Kite said. “You’re seeing players from 18 to 55 year-olds compete, but they will also have the Crockett kids and Crockett cheerleaders there to support them.”

There are still a few roster spots available and any former alumni interested in playing needs to be at the football field by 4 p.m.

There is a $100 fee that covers the equipment and uniform, although the player must provide both his mouthpiece and cleats.

Tony Snapp, the boys’ and girls’ soccer coach at David Crockett, will be among those playing in the game.

It is the second Alumni USA football game in Washington County this month. Back on June 1, former players from Daniel Boone defeated a squad from Sullivan South 10-2 in their alumni game.

The alumni games have been a good fundraiser for the school’s athletic program. The first game between Crockett and Boone in 2012, drew over 3,000 fans.

Kite, who also praised the fundraising efforts of Pioneers head coach Jeremy Bosken, would like to see another large crowd tonight. Tickets are $10 for adults, while admission is free to those 12-and-under.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a good turnout and keep building a good atmosphere,” Kite said. “Coach Bosken and his staff have done a tremendous job raising money and we have the nicest equipment around. A lot of good things are happening at Crockett so we encourage those fans to come out support your team and the alumni.”

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