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Basketball team makes annual visit to Mary Bridge

Basketball team makes annual visit to Mary Bridge imagePosted: 10/19/2011 10:05:00 AM

It's still soccer weather outside, and the volleyball team is still wiping the court with opponents. But basketball season is right around the corner. Both teams started practice yesterday. And last week the men's team made their annual visit to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, where the basketball players distribute mini basketballs and talk to sick kids.

"We just want to help brighten the day for these children who are going through hard times," said head coach Carl Howell. "Our players and I look forward to our visit each year."

Due to time conflicts not all players were able to attend. But Damani Coley, Demetrius, Smith, Jordan Russell, Isaiah Hamlin, Julian Vaughn and Nate Walker made the trip with Howell.

Meanwhile, graduates of Howell's basketball program are getting ready to make their mark across Divisions I-III. According to an NWAACC press release, 11 former TCC Men's Basketball players are preparing to play with their four-year teams.

Chad Rasmussen is at Seattle University, a NCAA Division I school.

Toussaint Tyler Jr, Jordan Coby, Derrick Davis, Kevin Davis, Chris Holmes and Brandon Magee are all at Central Washington University, a Division II school. Also at Division II schools are Anthony Enriquez at Minot St. and Geoff McIntosh at California St. Monterey Bay.

Darious Walker is finishing his college career at NAIA power Lewis & Clark State, while Anthony Gittens is at NCAA Division III University of Puget Sound.

"We are so proud of our former student-athletes. Not only are all of these young men continuing their careers but, they are all on scholarship's and in good academic standing" said TCC head coach Carl Howell.

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