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Canfield basketball players introduced at rally

Friday, January 5, 2018

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School boys varsity Head Coach Todd Muckleroy greeted a member of the boys varsity team as both the boys and girls varsity teams were introduced during the Meet the Team Rally on Nov. 16.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.The Canfield seventh-grade girls basketball team was introduced at the annual Meet the Team Rally at Canfield High School on Nov. 16.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Jake Grdic, a member of the eighth-grade boys basketball team, was met by boys varsity Head Coach Todd Muckleroy as he was introduced during the Meet the Team Rally at Canfield High School on Nov. 16.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

To kick off the boys and girls Canfield basketball seasons, a Meet the Team Rally took place in the Canfield High School gymnasium on Nov. 16. Family, friends, fans and community members packed the ‘Cardinal’s Nest’ as players on the boys and girls seventh-grade, eighth-grade, ninth-grade, junior varsity and varsity squads were introduced, along with their coaches.

Boys varsity Head Coach Todd Muckleroy welcomed the large crowd.

“Welcome to the 2017-18 Meet the Team Rally. Thank you for coming out tonight. I want to see you up yelling, clapping and screaming for the entire program,” Muckleroy said.

To start the program, the seventh-grade girls basketball team was introduced by announcer Jeremy Hamilton. After the introductions, the girls took to the court and scrimmaged each other.

Next, the seventh-grade boys and eighth-grade boys were introduced.

“The seventh-grade boys are coached by Brady Clark and the eighth-grade boys are coached by Mike Yourstowsky. Both these guys played for me and came up through the Canfield basketball program and now they are coaching with me in the program. It’s a really good feeling to have these two former players coaching with me now. They have a real feel for the game,” Muckleroy said.

The seventh-grade and eighth-grade boys took to the floor and played a scrimmage.

The eighth-grade girls were then introduced to the crowd, and under the direction of Coach Jim Harmon, the team showed off their passing and shooting skills while executing several drills.

The CHS freshmen basketball cheerleading squad were introduced and performed a cheer and dance to pump up the crowd. The freshmen boys basketball team, under Coach Rob Donahue, was introduced and then took to the court to play a scrimmage.

Muckleroy then called down some CHS football players to entertain the crowd and shoot half-court shots.

The freshmen and junior varsity girls teams were next to be introduced by Hamilton. The players showed the crowd their basketball skills with shooting and passing drills.

The CHS junior varsity boys basketball cheerleaders were introduced and then took to the center of the floor to perform a cheer and a dance for the crowd.

The boys junior varsity team was introduced by Hamilton. The team is coached by Bob Tinkey.

“Coach Tinkey has been a coach for 30-plus years,” Muckleroy told the crowd.

The junior varsity boys showed off their skills with several shooting and passing drills which focused on teamwork and communication.

The CHS boys basketball varsity cheerleaders were introduced and performed a cheer and dance.

The boys and girls varsity teams were then introduced simultaneously to the cheering crowd.

The girls performed passing and shooting drills to showcase their basketball skills.

Muckleroy then announced a senior shot challenge, during which the senior boys and girls competed against each other. The senior girls came out on top and won the challenge.

“Before we have our boys junior varsity and varsity teams scrimmage each other, I would like to recognize and thank all the people behind the scenes. Both the boys and girls basketball boosters do so much for the players and their respective programs. There are so many people to recognize and thank, and I would like to do that now. Thank you, all,” Muckleroy said.

To close the rally, the boys junior varsity and varsity teams versed each other in a hotly contested scrimmage.

“Thank you again for coming out to the Cardinal’s Nest tonight and we look forward to seeing you all throughout the season,” Muckleroy said.