Coming together

Around 800 basketball fans had a rare opportunity to watch the Fort Dodge and St. Edmond boys and girls programs square off here Saturday night.

All four combined varsity and JV teams participated in the inaugural Hall of Pride Challenge at the FDSH gym, which doesn’t officially count in the record books.

The scrimmages were arranged in conjunction with the Iowa Hall of Pride, which encourages communities to band together for volunteer service projects. The proceeds raised Saturday will benefit select families in need as chosen by the schools.

“I just think (the Hall of Pride Challenge) was a great opportunity for people in our community to come together and do something positive,” FDSH athletic and activities director Matt Elsbecker said. “We’re not red or green, and an event like this really shows our true colors.”

Senior High picked the family of former FDCSD teachers Joe and Andrea Adams, whose infant son, Cooper, is scheduled for a bone marrow transplant at a later date. Money raised last evening will help with the Adams family’s medical expenses.

“(FDSH) completely spearheaded this on their own, but I’m not even sure who to call to say thank you to,” said Andrea Adams, a 1997 Senior High graduate. “I grew up in Fort Dodge, and I taught here for 12 years. An event like this shows just how super supportive and outstanding our community is. We moved to Rochester (Minn.) to be closer for Cooper’s care at the Mayo Clinic. All the people coming out (Saturday), though, makes us feel a little homesick. We’re very grateful our family was chosen.”

St. Edmond will donate its portion of the proceeds to local Drs. Lincoln and Kelli Wallace in honor of their daughter, Claire, a freshman at the school who is a cancer survivor.

“I think (the Hall of Pride Challenge) was a fun experience for the communities to get together and do something for the common good,” SEHS athletic director and dean of students Joe Shanks said. “Our paths don’t cross very often, and (Saturday) was a good atmosphere. I thought it was really a strong turnout. (The stands) packed up nicely.”

Following expenses, the families will be splitting a total of $3,500.

Both the Fort Dodge varsity and junior varsity boys prevailed, while the St. Edmond varsity and JV girls each came out on top.

The Dodgers and Gaels have never played each other on the basketball court during the regular season. Fort Dodge and St. Edmond did battle in the postseason, though, with the last boys meeting coming in the 1972 district tournament. The most recent girls contest between the schools was in the 1978 sectional tourney.