The second annual Lady Red Devils Alumnae Game was held Friday, Dec. 28 at Grand County High School. The current Lady Devils wore white. The Alumnae Devils wore red. The current Lady Devils beat the Alumnae team 58 to 21, but the score was irrelevant.
The game is an opportunity for former players to be young, to relive the thrill of competition, to be a Grand County basketball player, again for just one night.
“It’s a fun night. It’s an honor to have these alumnae come back and play at Grand County High School,” Coach Randy Martin said. “It’s really good to see them all and catch up with everybody and see where everybody is at. A lot of [former players] are married now. A lot of them have kids. It’s a lot of fun.”
Rick Lopez, who is normally the assistant coach for the Lady Red Devils, served as the head coach for the Alumnae team. The alumnae scored first. They came out hard and fast and picked up a point on a foul shot and the team had its moments of glory.
Hethar Olsen-David, Class of 1999, was on the offensive all night long. She had a steal and a slide move in fourth quarter that drew a dramatic “whoa” from the large crowd.
Also in the fourth quarter, Tyra Robertson, Class of 2017 got into a foot race for the ball. She slipped, and landed flat, face first on the hardwood. She adjusted her glasses, smiled, and bounced up quickly without skipping a beat.
Tericita Tsosie, Class of 2012 and Felicia Tsosie, Class of 2009, scrapped for rebounds all night long.
The members of the Alumnae team played their hearts out—and the crowd loved it. The current Lady Red Devils had a great night.
A few weeks ago, the Lady Red Devils beat Monticello for the first time in four years and Martin marveled: “We’re finally a team …we’re playing like a team.” Even a casual observer could see the teamwork the current Lady Devils put into the game.
Hannah Owen, Veda Gritts, and Josie Camps are a formidable offensive trio. Mercedes Zunich has the power and patience to stop on a dime and fire for three.
Gritts seemed to step into “The Matrix.” She stuffed, slapped and rejected so many shots it was almost surreal.
Next year, Owen, Gritts, Camps, Zunich, and Annabelle Garrett, who is currently injured, will all be alumnae. The Lady Red Devils will be in Manti on Friday, Jan. 4, and in North Sanpete on Saturday, Jan. 5.