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Nearly 100 former basketball players, cheerleaders and band members have already registered to participate in the Fifth Annual Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alumni Basketball Games Feb. 13. 


“It’s the best new Ranger tradition,” Lizabeth Richey, alumni director, said.


The Alumni Basketball Games will begin at approximately 6 p.m. immediately following the varsity games in Percefull Fieldhouse on Northwestern’s Alva campus.   Admission is free, and the Rowdy Rangers will serve hot dogs to the first 300 people attending the event.


This year, both teams will sport game jerseys, giving former Rangers and Lady Rangers the opportunity to suit up one more time.  Each game, players will have a chance to team up with their fellow alumni during two 20-minute running halves, as Ben Buckland, a ’68 graduate and the voice of the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz, and Matt Adair, a ’05 graduate and the voice of Ranger Basketball, provide color commentary.


Former and current Ranger cheerleaders and band members are invited, as well, to cheer on the teams and provide school spirit.  Half-time activities and prize drawings are planned.


All participants will receive the annual event’s official T-shirt.  In addition, alumni band jackets will make their debut.  Alumni band members who committed to playing in the band for Homecoming and the Alumni Basketball Games will receive their jackets during the 3:30 p.m. rehearsal in the third-floor band room of the Fine Arts building.


The planning committee includes Bill Bixler, Johnny Jones, Courtney Harzman, Kandee Almgren, Tisha Shipley, Bob Battisti, Andrew Brown, Milburn Barton, Ryan Hintergardt and Richey.


Former basketball players, band members and cheerleaders may pre-register with Richey by phone at 580-327-8594 or e-mail at Registration will also be available the day of the game. 


“It’s a great way to reconnect with Ranger Basketball,” Bixler said.


The Alumni Basketball Games follow the induction of the Sports Hall of Fame class of 2010.  The four inductees will be honored at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. and formally inducted at halftime of the men’s basketball game as the Lady Rangers and Rangers take on Mid-America Christian University starting at 2 p.m. Feb 13.


“You get a bit of everything,” Barton said.  “It’s a day that has it all.”


This year’s sponsors include Alva State Bank, Alva Farmers Co-Op, Central National Bank, Community Bank, K&K Body Works Inc., Mark Ream Motors, Merrifield Office Plus, Northwest Chiropractic Clinic, Northwest Electric, Rialto Theatre & Video, Washburn Motor Co., ClayMesa Well Service Co. and RB&J Materials LLC.