A trip back in time will take six-on-six basketball pursuits to Scranton Saturday evening.
The Scranton Community Center is set to host a nostalgic scrimmage between former six-on-six stars and today’s newest generation of athletes.
The scrimmage between the Iowa Hotshots and the Greene County All-Stars begins at 6:30 p.m.
The Iowa Hotshots are made up of adults from Paton, Churdan, Scranton, Jefferson, Carroll and Rippey while the Greene County all-stars will feature female athletes from Greene County and Paton-Churdan High Schools.
Fans will be blessed with a chance to mingle with a number of six-on-six coaching legends prior to the game. Former Glidden-Ralston head coach Ed Rezabec, Guthrie Center’s Steve Smith and Scranton’s Delayne Hopkins, will each share their memories of the popular sport.
The Scranton High School gym, site of Saturday’s scrimmage, is the only structure remaining from the 2012 demolition – now under the city’s ownership – as it has witnessed a new lease on life.
After a one-year hiatus, the free-will donation six-on-six scrimmage is back in action. It has drawn in several hundred fans in previous years, generating enough money for a new scoreboard, basketball hoops and a refinished floor.
The Scranton High School gym was the cream of the crop when it was first built in 1953, with its brown bleachers peppering the sidelines, putting fans nearly on top of the court. The original floor is encased by gray, brick walls and high vaulted ceilings while a wooden stage sits behind the north basket.
It’s cozy and tight, exactly how the stars of the six-on-six game would have wanted it. The rustic, yet modernized authenticity of the gym is what adds to the nostalgia of the 2019 scrimmage.
A central Iowa competition opened the doors for a revival 10 years ago.
Marilyn Tasler, now the Greene County girls’ soccer coach, encouraged a group of women to play in a six-on-six tournament in the Iowa Games. It was an eye-opener for how popular the game remained, even 15 years after the state abandoned the high school game.
The tournament experience sparked an idea, locally.
“They are very serious and very competitive (at the Iowa Games),” Greene County supervisor and event organizer Dawn Rudolph said last March. “But, we had a lot of fun. So from some of our contacts through that, we decided to start our own games.”
A free-will donation soup supper will take place from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, with music by the Town and Country Band.