For the first time ever the Harlem Wizards battled the Nipmuc Warriors on Sunday October 20 at Nipmuc Regional High School. The Warriors team was made up of teachers, students, and administrators and although they looked impressive during warm ups the Warriors were no match for the Wizards.
The event was an enjoyable way to bring students, staff, and family together for a fun-filled afternoon of laughs and entertainment. Known as the Original Wizards of Basketball, the Harlem Wizards have been bewitching and thrilling fans worldwide since 1962 with their comical antics, ball-handling sorcery and superior athleticism. The part comedy show, part sporting event was sponsored by the Clough and Memorial PTO groups.
The opening National Anthem was performed by students throughout the district and the Miscoe Skippers wowed the crowd with their jump rump skills and tricks during half time. The Wizards had their own half time show which involved several members of the audience playing a tricky game of catch with Wizard’s player Swoop. If they dropped the ball the crowd yelled, “You’ve been tricked!”
A favorite moment was when the Wizards were helping Mendon Upton Regional School Superintendent Dr. Maruszczak look good for a foul shot.
The doors opened at 1 p.m. for the 2 p.m. show, by 1:30 the event was sold out.
Not only were the Wizards too fast for the Warriors they were also too fast for my camera!