GREENVILLE — Tonight, the Greenville varsity boys and girls basketball games will take a back seat to something much more important.
Greenville High School is hosting its fourth annual “Hunt for a Cure” game, which raises money for cancer awareness and those in need due to cancer related issues in the Greenville school system.
Both Yellow Jacket teams will don camouflage uniforms, while the night will be spent remembering those lost to cancer or who have survived cancer.
“The girls are excited to play in a game that has such an impact in the community and a project that can touch so many lives in a positive manner,” Greenville girls coach Eric Nichols said. “We have talked about the importance of the game beyond winning or losing and they get it. It’s such a cool thing as an teacher/coach to see these young girls grow up into caring selfless individuals for this worthy cause.”
Their opponent tonight will be O-K Bronze rival Cedar Springs. The Redhawks will sport some sort of camouflage aspect to their regular uniforms.
“I think it is a great event for the kids to participate in,” Greenville boys coach Mark Haist said. “It keeps the perspective of what is really important. We see all these families impacted and it keeps in perspective all we are doing is playing a game.”
The Greenville boys ended a five game losing streak on Tuesday with a home win against Lakewood. Tonight, they will be looking for their first league win against the Redhawks (4-5, 1-1).
“They are playing well right now. They beat Forest Hills Eastern on Tuesday,” Haist said. “They have a couple of nice players. (Cameron) Link is a strong, athletic player that gets to the rack. We have to be disciplined and not out of position.”
Greenville is 0-2 in the league. A win would go a long ways to keeping themselves in the league title chase.
“The league is wide open because everyone is beating everyone,” Haist said. “That is why we need to beat Cedar Springs.”
The Greenville girls, on the other hand, are the league’s only unbeaten team at 2-0 (8-2 overall). The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 45-33 win at Lakewood.
Cedar Springs is 5-6 overall and 1-1 in the league.
“Cedar will bring a high paced offense led by a good point guard in (Molly) Holtrop and a nice wing/forward who can shoot it in (Aly) Veltcamp,” Nichols said. “Their inside game with (Brittany) Todd is a concern.”
The Redhawks are coming off a win Tuesday against Forest Hills Eastern. Nichols said they will need to rebound and take care of the ball.
“Our keys to be successful will be our ability to rebound the ball at both ends, take care of it and create good scoring opportunities at the offensive end and finally, play hard for 32 minutes,” he said. “This is our staple philosophy for our program at all levels.”
The Greenville boys will play first at 6 p.m. with the girls game following.