DRIVEN Basketball: Marysville High School Benefit

Written April 23rd, 2013 by WVaBuckeye

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If there’s one thing I have learned officiating two of DRIVEN’s events, it’s that the former Buckeyes involved are just as competitive now as they were when they played. A few are just recently removed from their playing days for the Scarlet and Gray and the others? Well, they all hail from the National Championship Buckeyes and a couple stole the show Friday night at Marysville High School

The night began with a dinner of fellowship with the former Buckeyes and their guests. Some of the players brought family with them and some just brought themselves. After the eating and hobnobbing finished, the emcee for the evening, Pastor Steve Rouch began a question and answer session with each player asking them all about where they went to high school and how they became a Buckeye;what it meant to be a Buckeye; what was their favorite memory, and why DRIVEN.

One of my favorites during the dinner Nate Oliver, HUGE DRIVEN supporter and works with FCA

One of my favorites during the dinner Nate Oliver, HUGE DRIVEN supporter and works with FCA



Some of the answers for favorite memory really boiled down to all of the players there being a part of the National Championship season. Some had other answers that were specific to certain plays and Pastor Rouch asked Craig Krenzel about the Holy Buckeye play at Purdue. Before Craig responded to the play he wanted everybody to know just how underrated a WR Michael Jenkins was.

The dinner finished with a great discussion and inspirational message from DRIVEN VP Antonio Smith. Antonio talked about the fact that he was a walk-on the same year as Roy Hall and nobody knew who he was. He finished his career as a scholarship player and All-B1G cover man, and ended up in Indianapolis where he really developed his relationship with Roy and helped start DRIVEN. He’s one of my favorite success stories from Ohio State football history.

Antonio with Pastor Steve Rouch

Antonio with Pastor Steve Rouch

Lori Schmidt of The Fan did the toss and she put it up perfectly so only Roy could get it against Andy Groom! GREAT JOB LORI!

Lori Schmidt of The Fan did the toss and she put it up perfectly so only Roy could get it against Andy Groom! GREAT JOB LORI!

The game itself was definitely a tale of two halves. White controlled the tempo early and was winning the battle on the boards. There was one former Buckeye that clearly wasn’t happy with my officiating performance  Mid-way through the first quarter, Stanley Jackson took my whistle from me, blew it and proclaimed “SEE! It works!!”. The crowd had a good laugh and I immediately became the target of all the hecklers. Fans yelled things like “C’mon Curly, blow your whistle!” to “If you’d get the hair out of your eyes you’d be able to see better!”. To say the least, my partners, Lori Schmidt from 97.1 The Fan, and Gary Russell didn’t have to worry about much of the flack, as it was slung my way!

Right after he took my whistle and blew it, best laugh of the night

Right after he took my whistle and blew it, best laugh of the night

gARY rUSSELL KEEPING AN i ON THINGS AS sTANLEY jACKSON STARTS A DRIVE

Gary keeping an I on things as Stanley Jackson begins a drive.

The white team was led by Andy Groom, Craig Krenzel, Stanley Jackson and local community leader Ken Chaffin and jumped out to a 44 to 35 halftime lead. The scoreboard operator messed with the white at halftime by changing the score to 44-44 while the players enjoyed an extended break signing autographs.

Great signing session at halftime and a HUGE line!

Great signing session at halftime and a HUGE line!

There was a great crowd on hand as well as several youngsters that enjoyed their time with the players. A couple were given an opportunity to shoot free throws for players.

Stanley was too winded to shoot FT's so he picked this kid out of the stands and he sank both of them!

Stanley was too winded to shoot FT’s so he picked this kid out of the stands and he sank both of them!

The second half was all Black team and the onslaught was led by Roy Hall’s former high school coach Jed Dunn who coaches in Arizona now and played at Akron. Jed definitely still has what it takes to play today and displayed some ball handling skills that gave the white team fits.

Quadruple teamed? C'MON!!! #PhiSlammaDRIVEN

Jed Dunn (Roy’s HS coach at Brush) Star of the comeback . . ,Quadruple teamed? C’MON!!! #PhiSlammaDRIVEN

They didn’t keep stats for the game, but I guarantee you had more than 20 points and was close to 10 assists as well. As is usually the case when I officiate DRIVEN events, the boss gets the calls! Roy shot several free throws on the night taking it to the rim and  #PhiSlammaDRIVEN was present too.

#PhiSlammaDRIVEN

#PhiSlammaDRIVEN

Late in the game even the Buck-I-Guy got into the act coming all the way out on the court to protest a call against Craig Krenzel.

Was NOT this happy when the call against Krenzel was made.

Was NOT this happy when the call against Krenzel was made.

The Black team won the game 89 to 75, but the real winners are the pay for play program at Marysville high school and those who benefit from the DRIVEN Foundation. Roy, Antonio, Josselyn, and the several hundred others who help, have made this foundation very special. I for one am very proud to be involved in the events and to be a member of the DRIVEN Offensive Line. Please do your part if you can and help those who need it!

Some of the possible future players at Marysville who could benefit from the pay for play scholarships generated from this event.

Some of the possible future players at Marysville who could benefit from the pay for play scholarships generated from this event. Save for Buck-I-Guy and Marysville’s head coach!

Huge thank you from DRIVEN to ALL participants especially the former Buckeyes and community leaders who played! HUGE Thank you to the Marysville HS coaching staff and support staff for their work to help make this even happen Friday. It was definitely a family friendly night as evidenced by those who attended and the players that brought their kids!

Craig Krenzel and White get loosened up in pre-game

Craig Krenzel and White get loosened up in pre-game

Great crowd taking in the action

Great crowd taking in the action

Black team pre-game talk

Black team pre-game talk

three of the fans hammin it up!

three of the fans hammin it up!

 

One of the MANY FTs the boss got on the night!

One of the MANY FTs the boss got on the night!

Great crowd getting ready to Boo the three of us!

Great crowd getting ready to Boo the three of us!

 

12 Comments

  1. KenNo Gravatar
    April 23rd, 2013 at 9:44 am

    WVa, this is great stuff, thanks for sharing it with us. It looked like is was an enjoyable and very worthwhile evening.

    I like the last photo; I haven’t seen so many zebras in one place other than on ‘Animal Planet’.

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    WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    April 23rd, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Thank you Ken!!

    Yeah, the Zebras are ALWAYS out of place!!

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    KenNo Gravatar
    April 23rd, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Good grief, don’t get Charles going on this ;)

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  2. Joe DexterNo Gravatar
    April 23rd, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Awesome! I’m glad to see such a great turnout! It’s always a pleasure seeing the Driven Foundation succeed.

    Hey Ken, I think the reason the brought on Lori to officiate is they realized they needed someone on the court that wasn’t blind :)

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    WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    April 23rd, 2013 at 11:26 am

    o_O

    typical play by play commentator bravado

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    Joe DexterNo Gravatar
    April 23rd, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA — just kidding! You know I have mad respect lol

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    KenNo Gravatar
    April 23rd, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I was going to mention something else, but decided to let you take the brunt of it Joe.. You know, discretion-valor, etc.

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    WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    April 30th, 2013 at 7:08 am

    lol . . , yes you do and i appreciate it

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  3. DaleNo Gravatar
    April 25th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    What a great experience, obviously you enjoyed it “Curly!”

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    WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    April 30th, 2013 at 7:08 am

    so it was YOU!!!! LOL

    it was a lot of fun

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  4. KenNo Gravatar
    April 25th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    WVa, I nearly forgot. Did you have to give Buck-I-Guy a lift to the game Friday or did he manage to get his vehicle out of Impound in time?

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    WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    April 30th, 2013 at 7:07 am

    ha ha!! yes he did, came by himself!

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