The El Dorado High School student team members—sporting teeshirts that read “I Survived Donkey Basketball 2013”—were crowned grand champions of the games of Donkey Basketball Saturday night.
A fundraiser for Partners in Education, the event brought in approximately $3,000 plus more money from the silent auction of baked items from USD 490 administrators and art contributions from USD 490 students.
On the backs of—sure enough—donkeys, four teams fought diligently through three games to hit the basket while at the same time remaining a “hold” on their reins and on top of their animals. In the end, the students prevailed.
Team titles and participants:
Student team (wearing black): Alexandra Bisbing, Kailey Clites, Ryan Foster, Timothy Fry, Garrett Howland, Scott Johnstone, Jeff Jones, Morgan Limón, Isaac Ramsey, Breck Towner, Dakota Wilson, and Kurtis Anderson (alternate).
Teacher team (wearing red): Russell Baker, EMS Computers; Kimberly Barb, Jefferson 2nd Grade; Megan Eldridge, Jefferson 2nd Grade; Steve Fellers, EHS Science; Linda Johnson, Lincoln Principal; Lisa Lechtenberg, Grandview 5th Grade; McKenzie McClure, Jefferson Kindergarten; Amber Olson, Grandview 1st Grade; Amie Oltman, Skelly Kindergarten. Two firefighters also served on this team: Caleb Carson and Shane McCoy.
Community Team One (wearing green): Ben Coffey, Billy Gomez, Mark Hart, Cindy Koehler, Russ McKaig, Bill Oats, Lonnie Owens, Kendra Porter, Craig Webb, and Matt Wolf.
Community Team Two (wearing blue): Marcus Deaver, Dan Flowers, Reggie Graham, Sheriff Kelly Herzet, Leon Leachman, Cindi Reid, Staci Rickard, Jeremy Sheffler, Mike Traylor, Zac Sundgren.
Side attractions at Saturday night’s games: the award-winning EHS Drumline presented a 20-minute concert before the action and DECA hosted a hot dog meal in the EHS Commons. And popular, in fact a record for the company, more youngsters than ever before rode donkeys during the half time break.