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Imlay City, Capac raise $2,600 at alumni games



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March 17, 2010
TRI-CITY AREA — Imlay City turned back host Capac three games to none in the Second Annual Imlay City versus Capac Alumni Basketball confrontations last Saturday.

The games raised about $2,600 which will be divided between between the two schools.

"Going in we weren't sure we would be able to approach the success of last year's event," Imlay City's Rick Lee, one of the event organizers said. "The amount we were able to raise was a pleasant surprise and will be used to benefit project graduation activities at both schools this year," he noted.

Capac's Tom and Shanen Mailloux, who helped run the event with Lee, said they too liked how this year's event went.

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Tim Thompson lobs a pass to Imlay Cityís Dennis Van Dyk as Capacís Cliff Lietz defends during the Second Annual Capac/Imlay City Alumni Game. photo by Kevin Kissane.
"Both communities came out in good numbers to support their schools," Tom said. "We would like to extend our thanks to all who turned out to make this year's event the success that it was," he noted.

1988 and before graduates

In the opener of the tripleheader, Imlay City's graduates from 1988 and before claimed a 44-41 win against Capac.

There Imlay City started the contest consisting of two 24-minute running time halves quickly, bolting out to a 6-0 lead with 1:40 elapsed.

Capac then let it be known in no uncertain terms they would be no pushover, countering with an offensive outburst of their own.

When Joe Bohr drained a two-pointer, capping a 12-0 run encompassing a 4:20 span, Capac's lead stood at 12-6.

Imlay City then countered with 16 of the next 29 points to close the half.

That cut Capac's lead to 25-22 at the midway mark.

When the action resumed, Imlay City picked up where it left off.

Aided by an 8-2 run, capped off by a triple from Steve Upleger, Imlay City went ahead 30-27 with 16:29 to play.

Capac then countered with a 5-2 run, finished off by a successful attempt from Bryant Kersten from trifecta territory, to make it a 32-32 ballgame with 8:52 left.

Imlay City then outscored Capac 12-9 the rest of the way, assuring themselves of a 44-41 win when the final second ticked off the clock.

Matthew Shene, Dennis Van Dyk, Jeff Combs, Kelson Zehr, Rick Lee, Doug Van Dyk, Scott Dodge, Brad Herpolsheimer, Tim Thompson and Brian Buike joined Upleger on the victorious Imlay City side.

Paul Hopkins, Ed Rodriguez, Scott Mailloux, Mike Rosas, Chris Lang, Matt Kaluk, Ron Kaufman, Tony Giglio, Merle Burgess, Frank Giglio and Cliff Lietz joined Bohr and Kersten on Capac's roster.

1989 to 1998 graduates

The second of three matchups saw Imlay City secure a 62-53 victory over Capac.

There Imlay City charged out to a commanding 38-20 advantage at the halftime break.

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Capacís Tom Mailloux looks to drive past Imlay Cityís Brian Buike in alumni game action Saturday. photo by Kevin Kissane.

When the action resumed, Capac started to mount a comeback bid.

Aided by a 20-7 run, Capac closed the gap to 45-40 with 13:01 to play.

Imlay City then outscored Capac during the next 13 minutes plus, locking up a 62-53 victory.

Bill Lengemann, Alex Lengemann, Brian Franey, Jeremy Aguinaga, Craig Badder, Josh Vanderploeg, Matt Topie, Louie Aguinaga, and Tom Pauly appeared on Imlay City's roster.

Sean Kriesch, Brad Keegan, Andy Dueweke, Brent Boers, Greg Amador, Jeremy Zwiernik, Mark Pelton, Brian Murray, Nile McGeorge, Jeremy Lewis, Terry Hays and Matt Murray suited up for Capac.

1998 to 2006 graduates

In the last of three battles, Imlay City registered a 51-47 overtime triumph against Capac.

There Imlay City jumped out to an 11-5 cushion with 10:02 to play during half number one.

Capac then bounced back with 13-7 run over the next 10 minutes-plus.

That squared the scoreboard count at 18 points per side at the half.

When the action resumed, Imlay City and Capac would give the scoreboard operator a bit more work.

It was there Imlay City and Capac hit for 25 points apiece.

That made it a 43-43 contest at the completion of regulation play.

In overtime, Imlay City netted eight points and Capac four.

That enabled Imlay City to leave the floor with a 51-47 win to their credit.

Greg Prendergast, Todd Jackman, Justin Husband, Mark Owen, Steve Saunders, Matt Pauly, Nate Arnold, Eric Vasquez and Luke Childers suited up for Imlay City.

Jamie Harvey, Kyle Bollaert, Kurt Waltzer, Isaac Browning, Jeff Stiefel, Peter Browning, Gerald Browning, Enrique Lopez, Anthony Aguinaga, Josh Johnston and Craig Bond competed for Capac.

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.
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