By David Fong
TROY — Troy High School will celebrate a century of basketball against one of its oldest — and most familiar — opponents.
Saturday at Hobart Arena, the Troy boys and girls basketball programs will take on Tippecanoe in a series of games that will last throughout the day.
The Troy and Tippecanoe boys freshmen teams will play at 11 a.m. The Troy and Tippecanoe girls junior varsity teams will play at 12:30 p.m. and the boys junior varsity teams will play at 2 p.m.
Following an intermission, the second session will begin with the Troy and Tippecanoe varsity girls playing at 6 p.m. and the Troy and Tippecanoe varsity boys teams will play at approximately 7:30 p.m.
This will be the final non-conference meeting between the two teams — which have played one another numerous times in the past century — as Tippecanoe will enter the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division next year.
Special Events Planned
Troy has a number of special events planned for the day.
All former Troy girls and boys players and coaches have been invited back for the day and will be recognized. Former girls players and coaches will be recognized prior to the girls varsity game, while former boys players and coaches will be recognized prior to the boys game.
The Troy Pop Rocks jump rope team will perform at halftime of the varsity boys game. There also will be a wing-eating contest.
The theme for the day is a “White Out.” Commemorative T-shirts currently are being sold for $10 at Troy High School before school and during all school lunches. Any fan who wears the commemorative T-shirt on Saturday will be granted free admission to the game.
The city of Troy will celebrate the 100th anniversary with a proclamation by Troy Mayor Mike Beamish. Mayor Beamish will proclaim Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, as “A Century of Trojan Basketball” in honor of the sport’s long history in the city.
Troy vs. Tippecanoe girls
The Troy girls will enter Saturday’s game with a 9-11 record. The Trojans are coached by Nathan Kopp, who recently celebrated his 100th career victory as a head coach. He is the winningest girls coach in school history.
The Trojans are led in scoring by Bailey Hess, who comes in averaging 7.6 points per game. Troy’s leading rebounder is Maddy Taylor, who is pulling down 5.9 board per game.
Tippecanoe will enter the game with a 17-4 record. They are led by first-year coach Andy Holderman. The Red Devils’ leading scorers are Allison Mader (11.6 points per game) and Aubrey Cox (11.0 ppg). Cox leads the team with 9.4 rebounds per game.
In last year’s meeting between the two teams, Tippecanoe beat Troy 64-30.
Troy vs. Tippecanoe boys
The Trojans — under first-year coach Paul Bremigan, who comes to Troy after coaching for more than 30 years at Russia — were 5-12 going into Friday night’s game against Butler.
Troy’s leading scorer is Romello Yaqub, who is averaging 16.4 points per game. The leading rebounder is Mechia Linton, who is averaging 4.9 rebounds per game.
The Red Devils — led by first-year coach Joel Visser — were 11-7 going into Friday’s game against Bellefontaine. The Red Devils are led in scoring by Zach Wildermuth, who averages 8.3 points per game. Carter Mann is the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down 8.2 per game.
In last year’s meeting between the two teams, Troy beat Tippecanoe 48-35.
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