Auction raises funds for team equipment
Tonganoxie High School athletics raised more than $1,300 during the first winter athletic teams' auction Monday night at the school's Winter Sports Preview.
Profits from the sale of players' labor will help teams buy equipment. Each player will work up to five hours on any task that the purchaser may want help with between Dec. 21 and Jan. 2. Thirty groups of athletes were auctioned Monday night.
The drill team was auctioned for $125. Bids for other groups started at $20. The average bid was $45. The boys' team received the most with $470. The girls' team got $445, wrestling $270, drill team $125 and the cheerleaders $45.
Girls' basketball coach Leslie Foster spearheaded the auction.
"This was the first time having the auction," said Mike Webb, boys basketball coach. "I hope that we make it an annual thing."
The Winter Sports Preview was more than just an auction, though. It provided an opportunity for spectators to get a glimpse of how the Chieftain teams will perform this season.
The night's events opened with a scrimmage by the boys varsity basketball squad. The red team defeated the white team handily in a 25-8 game.
"I thought they performed well at times and got rushed at other times," Webb said.
Wrestling followed the boys' scrimmage.
"This is the first time that wrestling has been part of the festivities," Coach Bill DeWitt said.
DeWitt provided commentary to help those unfamiliar with wrestling understand it as his players dueled on the mats.
Spectators witnessed several close match-ups among the wrestlers.
The girls basketball team sported the next round of entertainment with a scrimmage. The white team dominated the game winning 18-11.
The auction was the final event and was augmented by performances by the cheerleaders and the drill team.
The cheerleaders also sold baked potatoes, dessert and soda to earn money at the event. They received about $250 from the potato bar.
"I was very pleased with the turnout," Webb said. "It was very well planned and organized and nice that the wrestlers got to showcase their talents, too."