Wakefield alumni take Silver Bucket game

In a spirited contest before an appreciative crowd, Wakefield Country Day School’s alumni team defeated a team of current boys and girls players, 43-21, Sunday afternoon in the school’s gymnasium. In doing so, they were awarded the traditional Silver Bucket as winners of the annual Jon Lee Memorial Silver Bucket Game.

In the winter of 1982, Lee helped to start the Wakefield boys’ basketball team by letting them practice that year in his warehouse while the gymnasium was being built. He arranged the first game with alumni and both conceived the award and presented the first bucket to the student winners. The game has been played every year since then. Lee’s name was added to the award in 2009, after he passed away.

The alumni team was led by the rebounding, three-pointers and defense of 2010 graduate Andrew Smith. Freshman Alex Foster and seniors Isabelle Eastham and Ian McCool were standout players for the student team. The game was close for one quarter, but the older team broke it open in the second quarter. Their experience and unselfishness produced marvelous interior passes that led to easy lay-ups and bunny shots.

Playing for the Alumni team were Todd Landis ’84, John Piper ’84, Colby Cowherd ’95, Charles Cowherd ’99, Paul Beatty ’04, Jesse Paul ’05, Ben Luke ’07, Patrick Brown ’10, Christian Martinez ’10, Cooper Weir ’10 and Smith.

Head of School Kathleen Grove presided over the event and made the trophy presentation. Athletic Director Mike Costello was the game official. Mark Dick and Tom Shafran were guest referees.