Summer basketball makes another stop this Saturday with the fourth annual Jon Detweiler Memorial Shootout.
The event is a fundraiser for the Williamsburg Community Center and is named for the gym’s late caretaker, who is also the father of Union County boys basketball coach Mark Detweiler.
The latest edition features games played at Williamsburg, as well as at both gyms at Northeastern High School in Fountain City.
“It’s always a fun time,” said Winchester coach Rick Owens, whose squad is one of eight varsity teams competing in the shootout. “You’re still competing, but also trying to put the pieces together and see what you’re doing. It’s always interesting to see how other kids have improved during the summer.”
Cost is $5. Donations can be made to the Williamsburg Community Center.
Competing varsity teams include Union County, Northeastern, Connersville, Blackford, Winchester, Union City, National Trail and Randolph Southern.
Northeastern coach Brent Ross was happy to see the shootout move to a Saturday. He also recognizes the importance of helping keep facilities like the Williamsburg gym going.
“I think anybody who has ever played the game of basketball or has lived in Wayne County probably has played basketball at the Williamsburg Community Center,” Ross said. “They are still running games there. Elementary coaches use the facility. It’s big that we support and keep the facility open.”
Junior varsity games begin at 9 a.m. and varsity contests are slated to start at 10.
The final varsity games are scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
Jon Detweiler passed away in April 2009 and the inaugural shootout followed in July.
“I’ve been real pleased with it,” Mark Detweiler said. “I’m glad to get it back on Saturday this year. It’s nice to have it at the end of the month. For a lot of those schools, it’s the last thing we do.
“All the coaches know each other real well. We just want to help each other out. It’s a good day to get better. At the same time, it’s a good cause, to keep that place going. It’s something that is obviously special to me and it means a lot more to me that these guys are willing to give a day to come down and help us out and keep that place open.”