Big Rapids, Mich. - Local basketball fans will have a special opportunity to catch four games in a single day all within the same venue as Ferris State University hosts the first-ever "Basketball Bonanza" on Saturday, Jan. 9, at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.
The afternoon and evening quadruple-header will feature both two high school and collegiate contests involving three area schools in Big Rapids High School and Chippewa Hills High School along with Ferris State.
FSU will square off against fellow Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) member Saginaw Valley State in both men's and women's collegiate games with the two local prep schools, BRHS and Chippewa Hills, facing off in high school boys and girls contests, making it a full-day of hoops action.
The prep games were originally slated to be played at Chippewa Hills, but were moved to Wink Arena through the efforts of FSU Athletics and the Warriors' own athletic department.
"We're excited to team up with Chippewa Hills High School to bring the community a full day of entertaining basketball," said FSU Associate Athletics Director Jon Coles. "Any time we can use athletics to bring the community and surrounding areas onto campus, it's a positive for the institution.
"The FSU Athletics Department has worked hard to build the bridge with the community and I believe these types of events only strengthen that relationship," he added.
The day's action begins at 1 p.m. (EST) with the prep girls game between BRHS and the Warriors. Big Rapids is guided by longtime head coach and current FSU volunteer assistant softball coach Dawn Thompson while Aaron Dore directs the Chippewa Hills program.
The two collegiate contests will follow the girls high school game with the Bulldog women squaring off against SVSU at 3 p.m. (EST) and the FSU men taking on the Cardinals at 5 p.m. (EST). Both are GLIAC encounters and represent the first of two matchups between the two collegiate institutions this season.
Finally, the day's events wrap up with the high school boys contest between Big Rapids and Chippewa Hills at 7 p.m. (EST). First-year Chippewa Hills head coach Jim Lake, a former FSU volunteer assistant men's basketball coach, leads his Warriors against a Kent Ingles-coached Big Rapids team that compiled a 20-0 regular-season record during the 2008-09 campaign.
The "Basketball Bonanza" follows on the heels of the highly successful season-opening "Community Football Day" hosted by FSU and the Big Rapids High School Athletic Department this past fall (Aug. 29) at Top Taggart Field, which featured a pair of gridiron contests involving both the Bulldogs and the Cardinals in a day-evening format.
Tickets for the "Basketball Bonanza" will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to tipoff with prices set for $5 (adults) and $4 (students) each. For more information, please contact the FSU Athletics Office at (231) 591-2860.
The Ferris State men's and women's basketball teams will also be in action at home two days prior to the "Basketball Bonanza" as FSU hosts Lake Superior State in a GLIAC Basketball doubleheader on Thursday, Jan. 7, beginning at 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men), respectively.
The "Basketball Bonanza":
1 p.m. - High School Girls: Big Rapids vs. Chippewa Hills
3 p.m. - College Women: FSU vs. Saginaw Valley State
5 p.m. - College Men: FSU vs. Saginaw Valley State
7 p.m. - High School Boys: Big Rapids vs. Chippewa Hills
All times are Eastern and games will be played at Jim Wink Arena