By KARLA POMEROY
The Riverside Rebels have a few weeks before the season starts with the Big Horn Basin Shootout in Basin, Greybull and Burlington, but they will give the public a glimpse of what’s to come with a Red and Black scrimmage this Saturday.
First-year Head Coach Derek Query said the Red and Black game will begin at the RHS Gym at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
“We have a lot of new kids and we thought an actual game-like situation would give us the opportunity to work on offense and defense,” Query said. He added that it will also give us a good indication of what positions players are best suited for and what lineups will work.
The coach said the Red and Black game will also be good for those fighting for the same position or a starting position and for the coaches to see them in a game-like scenario.
Following the scrimmage, the Rebels, 21 strong after the first morning practice on Monday, will have a free-throw shoot-a-thon. The players are collecting pledges for the shoot-a-thon. Each player will shoot 100 free throws. Those wanting to pledge, can pledge per free throw, or a flat donation. Query said players will be collecting pledges this week and will collect money next week. Donations are considered a charitable contribution since the basketball program is a non-profit organization.
The funds will be used for summer basketball camp expenses.
He said there are three seniors, four juniors, six sophomores and eight freshmen out this season. He is assisted this year by new assistant coach, Nate Hartsock, and volunteer coach Brenton Paxton.
Both the Rebels and Lady Rebels will be selling “I See Red” shirts this year to promote Rebel spirit. T-shirts will be $10 each and Rebel fans are encouraged to wear their red to each home game.
Also new this year, the teams will have ball boys and ball girls to help shag balls during warm-ups before games and at halftime. The youth will also be invited into the locker rooms at halftime. A letter will be sent to parents of elementary children.