Mount Pleasant Middle School is hosting a Back to School 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament coming up on August 20th. The tournament is open to 3rd through 8th graders. The cost to enter is $60 per team and registration is due by August 15th. With questions, you can contact Ronnie Ashton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tonight starting at 6 pm, New London will be introducing the players for Volleyball, Cross Country, Cheer, and Football at the high school gym and football field. There will also be a Silent Auction scheduled at 6:45 pm. The event will wrap up around 7:15 pm.
Bill Russell’s Number to be retired across the League
The National Basketball Association announced August 11th that Bill Russell’s number 6 will be retired league wide. NBA players will also wear a commemorative patch on their jerseys for the 2022-23 season, while a shamrock-shaped logo with the Number 6 inside of it will decorate every court on the sideline near the scorer’s table.
Russell is the first player in the NBA to have his number retired leaguewide. NBA commissioner Adam Silver had this to say about ensuring Russell’s career will always be remembered, “Bill Russell’s unparalleled success on the court and pioneering civil rights activism deserve to be honored in a unique and historic way.”
In his 13-year career with the Celtics, Russell was a 5-time MVP, an 11-time All-NBA selection, 11-time NBA champion, and remains second all time in NBA history in rebounds.
The NBA legend passed away at age 88 on July 31st.
Iowa Enjoys another Field of Dreams Game
The Cubs defeated the Reds 4-2 last night in front of an intimate crowd of 7,823 fans. Reds manager, David Bell, despite being on the losing side of things called the night, “perfect.” The Field of Dreams game will not return in 2023 due to construction.
Today in Sports History
1969 – The Boston Celtics were sold for $6 million. To date it was the highest price paid for a pro basketball team.
1973 – Jack Nicklaus won his 14th major golf title. The win broke the record that had been held by Bobby Jones for 50 years.
1994 – Major league baseball players went on strike rather than allow team owners to limit their salaries. The strike lasted for 232 days. As a result, the World Series was wiped out for the first time in 90 years.
2016 – Katie Ledecky won the 200-meter, 400-meter and 800-meter freestyle at the same Olympics. She was the first swimmer to win all three at the same Olympics since Debbie Meyer in 1968.