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3-on-3 tournament goes for good cause

3-on-3 tournament goes for good cause
3-on-3 tournament goes for good cause
North Harrison graduates Gary Book, left, and Noah Wetzel compete in quarterfinal action of the 3-on-3 “Dunkball” tournament Saturday to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Wetzel’s squad, with Andrew and Chad Robertson and Brandon Pace, won the game but settled for third place overall. Photo by Ross Schulz (click for larger version)

A quartet of Crawford County Wolfpack orange-clad participants ventured into the heart of North Harrison Cougar country Saturday and breezed to victory in a double-elimination, three-on-three basketball tournament.
The play on the outdoor court under the mid-afternoon sun was scorching and brutally physical, but the cause of the event made the sweat, bruises, wind-whipped airballs and swollen ankles all worthwhile.
Noah Wetzel, a 2001 graduate of North Harrison High School, and his wife, Brianna (Bri), wanted to do something to possibly aid or save the lives of those suffering from mental illnesses and their families. Bri lost her brother, Christopher Farinelli, in July 2007 when he passed away at the age of 22.
The Wetzels live in Georgetown, Ky., but Noah never doubted where to host the event, and his North Harrison community embraced the endeavor with open arms. It also didn’t hurt that the fundraiser involved Southern Indiana’s true love: basketball.
The breed of basketball played Saturday is not the same one would see in high school gymnasiums. Called ‘Dunkball,’ this version of the game has been known to be played through the years on a few asphalt courts scattered around the northern end of Harrison County.
The goal is usually played at a height of just under nine feet and the ball used is junior in size, which is slightly smaller than a women’s ball. Shooting touch is all but nullified with the outdoor elements, small ball and short goal. Action is often halted to chase the ball down a hill, in the woods or a cornfield.
Saturday’s games were played at the home of Phil, Lynn, Andrew and Scott Robertson in Depauw.
The tournament featured eight teams and raised more than $1,000 for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Participants received a lunch, T-shirt and raffle opportunities for a $50 gift certificate to Van Winkle Service Center in Ramsey and free rounds at Old English Golf Course.
The winning team consisted of Joey and Jerry Hanger and Kenny Hunt, all Crawford County graduates, and Reid Sakel, a 2003 Southridge High School graduate.
Wetzel said they are exploring other fundraising opportunites for the future.
For more information or to donate, contact Bri Wetzel at 137 Lovett Park, Georgetown, Ky. 40324, 1-859-312-5579 or e-mail, [email protected]