Bear River legends sweep |

Bear River legends sweep

John HartMichelle St. Clair (left), Bear River class of '97, goes for a steal from current senior guard Christina Guerland.
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The legends of Bear River High School boys and girls basketball broke out the broom in a sweep of the young ‘uns in their annual alumni game Wednesday.

The Bruin alumni won 65-47, while the Lady Bruin alums needed late game heroics in their a 62-59 come-from-behind win.

“It’s always a great night every year. It’s probably the most fun night I have (as a coach) all year,” said Bear River boys head coach Jack McCrory.

“It’s just so great to see Greg and Robbie Tucker come out and play,” he added. “I think that was the first time I’ve seen them play together (since 1993). And it’s always fun to see guys like Jon Morrissey and Nick Espedal and that group.”

Lady Bruin alum and 1996 CIF player of the year Michelle St. Clair, who set teammate Meghan Tucker up with the eventual game winning lay up on a nifty no-look pass in traffic, said her team needed time to get in sync.

“I could tell we were pretty out of shape. But you want to go out there and (live up to) what you did in past years. It’s always about the pride,” said the 1997 graduate and the school’s career scoring leader.

“We hadn’t played together for years, but it felt like we were back. Although it would have been nice if we could get together and play a little before we have to play (the kids),” she added.

Lady Bruin head coach Duwaine Ganskie was all smiles after the game.

“The outcome of the game wasn’t the important thing. I was just trying to coach our kids to get better against some really good players,” he said. “At the end, I think the alumni’s experience and maturity really came through and they pulled it out.”

“This was just a great night, seeing everybody again. It was a very entertaining and fulfilling night,” he added.

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