On Monday night the entire community in Russellville and Logan County all came together in Jim Young gymnasium in Russellville high school to witness a great show on the court. The Harlem Wizards came to town to help with the fundraiser for the Russellville/Logan County little league. They provided highlight dunks, funny jokes for the fans, and cute games for the younger kids.
And they didn’t even get the loudest cheers.
That honor fell on the Logan County/Russellville all star team that came and provided that that extra rush of passion for the gathered fans. There were the likes of Mark Thompson who played major league baseball for the Saint Louis Cardinals and the Colorado Rockies, Charles ‘Bubba’ Wells, who has also played professional basketball and now the current assistant coach at Austin Peay, and Mikey Benton who is a starting safety for the University of Kentucky Wildcats. And they were all coached by now current RHS head coach Phil Todd.
The entire event was sponsored by Stevenson Elementary, Russellville high school, and Lewisburg elementary for hosting the assemblies. Logan County high school and Olmstead elementary for hosting lucnh room visits and Barrow Eye Center, and Roys BBQ. Special thanks goes out to WRUS’ Lon Sosh for Player introductions, Trey Turner and Barry Bilyeua for officiating and all of the former LCHS and RHS greats that participated and the over 1,000 people who bought tickets.
“I felt like everyone left feeling they got every bit of their moneys worth and then some,” RHS principal John Myers said. “It was a super fun night that in a lot of ways brought the entire community together. It was awesome to see the LC and RHS faithful work together to provide wholesome family fun for the entire community.”
The Harlem Wizards showed a lot of flash and glamor and easily provided a lot of highlight dunks. But the crowd really went crazy and almost tore the roof down when Mikey Benton caught an alley oop pass and slammed home a monstrous dunk in the third quarter. In the third quarter the Logan County/Russellville gave the Wizards quite the scare before Harlem pulled away.
In between their skits and funny jokes of course.
Everyone left with a smile on their face and all had one question for the people who set up the event.
“I’ve not heard one negative word about the event, people just want to know if we can have them back next year,” Myers said. “Without the players, coaches and parents pushing ticket sales it wouldn’t have happened. It took a huge group of people working together to make this event happen. We couldn’t believe how well this went over with the community.”