LINWOOD — The Harlem Wizards are expected to whip up the crowd and conjure up some some basketball magic Sunday, Nov. 19 at Mainland Regional High School in a fundraising game for the Linwood PTO.
The Wizards, a traveling team of pro basketball players known for their court antics and ball-handling skills, will play a squad of teachers and administrators dubbed the Linwood Layups who volunteered to test their skills against the pros to raise money for the PTO.
To get the student body and the Linwood squad ready for the challenge, the Wizards dispatched a player who goes by the nickname “Swoop” to both the Seaview Elementary and Belhaven Middle schools for assemblies Oct. 20.
The kids and the Layups had the chance to see firsthand what they will be up against. Swoop showed off his trademark dribble-slam-dunk, and the teachers know there will be all sorts of behind-the-back passes and alley-oops in the game.
Not be be outdone, the members of the Linwood Layups have adopted nicknames too. The players include Christina “Hall Pass” Hall, Tracey “Burger Meister” Meister, David “Lightning” Lamkin, Jennifer “Parm Dog” Parmalee, Kristi “Grim Reaper” Grimley, Tamara “Powerhouse” Pizagno, Marisa “Hot Rod” Hieb and Georgette Master Meister.
Also suiting up for the Layups will be Jen “Queen Bee” Bernadini, Mary Beth “Magnificent” McKenna, Ned “Neddy Ned” Eissler, “Maniac Marlee” Sobrinski, Jennifer “Clutch” Candeloro, Susann “Triple Threat” Tahsin, Becky “Law Enforcer” Law, Marc “Big Daddy” Schnepp, Kevin “Jumpball” Jacobs, Pete “Dunking” Davis, Chris “Speedy Meady” Meade, Kristina “B-Ball” Burns, Christine “Fantastic Foul Shot” Flanagan, Christine “Silver Lining” Silverberg, Elise “Shootin” Scherbin and Jessica “Brilliant” Byrnes.
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The teachers squad is coached by teachers Heidi Derbyshire and Samantha Coyle.
Advance tickets can be purchased at www.harlemwizards.com/schedule-tickets.
Tickets for general admission are $16 for adults and $14 for children in advance, and $18 for adults and $16 for children at the door while supplies last.
Courtside tickets are $35 and include reserved seating, a meet and greet with the Wizards prior to the game, a souvenir lanyard, a team photo, and $10 off the purchase of a Wizards jersey.