Fans Pack the House for E.C. Glass and Heritage Alumni Game
Lynchburg, VA- It's a rivalry that goes back decades. And Friday night in Lynchburg, E.C. Glass and Heritage High School fans got a blast from the past. It was standing room only for the schools' first ever alumni basketball games.
The event organizers knew the rivalry ran deep, but they had no clue it would draw out that many people. Hundreds of fans crowded into the gym to see their favorite players take the floor again.
Nearly an hour before tip off, fans started lining up outside.
"From the beginning, we never thought it would be this big," said event organizer, Jackie Woodson.
People came out in force for the throwback games, the first of their kind in the Hill City.
"We felt like this would be a great opportunity to bring something to Lynchburg, that's never been brought before," said Keith Coleman, another event organizer.
There were two games--one for the women, and one for the men. Both showed off what kind of skills players had back in the day.
"The year of '89, there was a lot of showoffs back then, but in a good way," said one fan.
Players who ruled the court in the 80s and 90s gave it their best shot, and some shots weren't so great. The old stars were a little rusty.
"They wanted me to play, I don't know why," said George Bunch, one of the alumni game players.
"They were great players in their days and they're all here tonight. And we're just coming out to have a great time," said Coleman.
But, Coleman says some players were hard to convince.
"At first, a lot of people were kind of like, well, I don't know. And then once it started getting closer and then the roster came out, everybody just wanted to play."
The old rivalry was just too deep-rooted to ignore. Even strong enough to bring Bunch, an E.C. Glass alum, all the way from South Carolina.
"Any time you get a chance to beat Heritage you have to come home," said Bunch.
It was a chance to re-live old times, and re-connect with old friends.
"It was a big part of who I am, and that's why I wanted to put it together," said Woodson.
All the money raised from ticket and T-shirt sales will go to the Young Entrepreneurial Spirits Program. Organizers say the event was such a success, they're thinking about making the alumni game an annual event.