For the 27th consecutive year, South hosted another Men’s alumni basketball classic. On the evening of January 7, two teams composed of players from as far back as 1976 battled for the annual boasting rights. This year’s teams were divided at the “century mark” – those who graduated since 2000 (“Young Guys”), and those who left South in 1999 or before (“Old Guard”).

                The evening kicked off with a Thames Valley League Senior Boys game, in which the current South Lions edged Laurier by 2 points.

                Between games, the Alumni Association arranged a special presentation to a special South alumnus –  Chuck Dalton,  who led South basketball teams to winning seasons in the mid-1940s and went on to play for the University of Western Ontario Mustangs, the Tillsonburg Livingstons, and Canada’s National Team in the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. Chuck was presented with a special commemorative South team shirt with “Dalton” monogrammed on the back.

   Here, Chuck Dalton throws up the tip-off for Alumni players Morgan Fairweather (l) and Tom Dalby (r), to get the Alumni game underway.

                In the action which followed, youth prevailed as the Young Guys outscored the Old Guard by 46-38. Morgan Fairweather (2000) was the game’s top scorer with 18 points, while Mike Edwards led the senior citizens with 17.

(l to r)  Jake Van Ryn , John Sengbusch, Morgan Fairweather, Mark Navackas, Morgan Latvanen, Ted Bell, Keith Harding

The “Young Guys”

(front)  Mike Edwards, Jonah Melville, Shawn Campbell, Pete McIntosh, Warren Dixon

(back) Dave Sumner, Tom Dalby, Kevin Gowdey, Mike Webber, Jeff Kneeshaw, Ian Kerr, Rob Rudd

The “Old Guard”