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BC, BSC add alumni challenge to basketball rivalry

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When the men's and women's basketball teams from Bluefield College and Bluefield State College take the court November 24 for the annual Basketball Classic of the Bluefields, they will not be the only ones battling for bragging rights in the friendly rivalry between the twin city colleges.

Alumni from both institutions are joining the competition this year with a BC-BSC Alumni Challenge, which calls on former students from the two schools to take part in an alumni giving competition, beginning November 10 and ending the day of the basketball games, November 24.

Alumni from the schools are challenged to make a gift to their respective alma mater during the competition time frame, and the school that receives the most gifts, regardless of the amount or size of the gift, will win the alumni portion of the BSC-BC rivalry.

“Bluefield State College enthusiastically accepts the Alumni Challenge as a fitting extension of the historic athletic rivalry between our institution and Bluefield College,” observed current BSC president Dr. Marsha Krotseng. “Bluefield State alumni who answer the challenge during this period are not only supporting their alma mater; their gifts are funding scholarships that help students complete their degrees.”

Only alumni from the two institutions are eligible to participate in the Challenge, and only gifts received between noon on Monday, November 10 through noon on Monday, November 24 will count for the competition. By that time, gifts will be totaled, and a winner announced during the games. The reward: the president of the losing institution must wear rival colors for the Basketball Classic of the Bluefields.

“If Bluefield State collects the most new total alumni gifts, then Dr. (David) Olive will have to wear Bluefield State gear at the games,” said Mark Hipes, director of alumni relations at Bluefield College. “If Bluefield College collects the most new total alumni gifts, then Dr. (Marsha) Krotseng will have to wear Bluefield College gear at the BC versus BSC basketball games.”

The 2014 version of the Basketball Classic of the Bluefields will begin with a battle between the Lady Blues and the Lady Rams at 6 p.m. at the BC Dome on Monday, November 24 and will conclude with the men's basketball matchup at 8 p.m.

The renewal of the basketball rivalry between the two schools that sit just 2.5 miles apart from one another began in the winter of 2003 when then presidents Dr. Albert Walker (BSC) and Dr. Dan MacMillan (BC) signed an agreement that cemented a four-year pact between the institutions.

BSC played host to BC that first year, and the men's and women's basketball teams have played every season since then on the Monday before Thanksgiving with Bluefield College scheduled to host Bluefield State College this year.

Through the years, additions to the rivalry have included Most Valuable Player awards from First Century Bank; a four-foot basketball winner's trophy created by T&N Trophies; a Hardee's hospitality room for players, coaches and administrators from both schools; and intramural basketball and football competitions between students from each institution. The latest addition to the rivalry: this year's BC-BSC Alumni Challenge.

“These two games are always an exciting part of the start of our basketball seasons,” said Dr. Olive. “The donor challenge adds a new dimension that lends a wonderful way for alumni to have some fun and express their support to their respective alma maters.”

To contribute to the Bluefield College effort in the BC-BSC Alumni Challenge, visit bluefield.edu/beatbsc. To give to the Bluefield State cause, visit bluefieldstate.edu/battle.

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