June 12 Hoop Game To Benefit OC Challengers
BARTON -- The Orleans County Challengers are hosting international professional basketball players, including West Barnet's own Taylor Coppenrath, for an evening of basketball at Lake Region Union High School tomorrow, June 12 from 4-9 p.m. to benefit their trip to the National 7th Grade AAU Tournament in Memphis, Tennessee.
The evening will include an All Star game featuring Coppenrath and other local and regional basketball players and events for players of all ages and skill level.
With the help of professional basketball trainer Anthony Bathalon of One Dream Elite Skills Training, the team will be hosting Charles Bronson, a 6'10" center who has played professionally in Europe for nine years, most recently in Austria, and guard Courtney Belger, who plays professionally in Germany. These players and others will participate in an All Star Game and Slam Dunk Contest at the event.
The evening will also include a game featuring the Orleans County Challengers 7th-grade team that is headed to nationals, and skills challenges for kids, youth and adults. There will be food and a raffle. All proceeds will benefit the team's trip to Tennessee.
The Orleans County Challengers team is made up 5th to 7th graders from Albany, Glover, Irasburg, and Orleans and is coached by Albert and Priscilla Stebenne of Irasburg. The Challengers placed first in the 7th grade division 2 state tournament May 11-12 in Burlington, securing them a spot in the national AAU tournament which is held in Memphis, Tennessee June 30-July 6.