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November 14, 2013

Windham all-star team takes on The Court Jesters

WINDHAM — An all-star squad of Windham School District faculty members tip off against the Court Jesters comedy basketball team tonight at 7 in the Windham High gym.

“It’s a neat way for us to bring all the schools together,” Windham Middle School guidance counselor Beth Lippold said.

Principal Dan Moulis and sixth-grade teachers Karin Rogers and Tracey Lamb are among those suiting up.

“They have been in the gym relentlessly practicing,” Lippold said.

Windham High assistant principal Bob Dawson and athletic director Bill Raycraft are the coaches, though Lippold wasn’t exactly sure which one is the head coach.

“Let those two duke it out,” she said. “I’m going to let sleeping dogs lie.”

Lippold said fans can expect interaction with the audience, foul-shot contests and perhaps some shenanigans.

Two players to watch in the Court Jesters lineup are Shane “The Dribbling Machine” Woney and Jamar “The Pharmacist” Davis.

Both have been featured in a traveling basketball competition that aired on ESPN.

Lippold concedes the Court Jesters may bring too much game for the Windham club to handle.

Some of the Windham players are only knee high to the Jesters, she said.

“My hope is we can get on the scoreboard,” she said.

The Court Jesters aren’t just about comedy.

The team brings a message about student character, citizenship and being good teammates.

“They encourage students to stay in school and listen to their parents,” she said.

The Court Jesters will participate in assemblies during the day at the middle school and Center School.

The game, organized with the help of athletic boosters, will benefit student athletes.

Tickets are $10 and can be ordered online at windhamjaguars.org until about 4 p.m. and at the door.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with game time at 7 p.m.

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