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Pekin hosts Fairfield in annual Hall of Pride scrimmage

By Justin Webster | Nov 20, 2017
Photo by: Justin Webster/Ledger photo Pekin girls’ basketball coach Davis Eidahl, left, talks with Fairfield Head Coach Brian Witzenburg Friday night before the Hall of Pride scrimmage hosted by the Panthers.

Pekin and Fairfield girls’ basketball teams scrimmaged Friday night in their annual Hall of Pride game hosted by the Panthers this year.

Pekin senior Maci Gambell used the event to showcase her fundraising effort that the girls’ basketball team is helping her with called “Wreaths Across America.”

They were able to raise over $450 Friday night through cash donations and a bake sale which will allow them to purchase 45 more wreaths.

Their current wreath count is 551 wreaths, and they need 553 for the six cemeteries plus 27 that have been sponsored for other cemeteries. That means they need 29 more wreaths to meet their goal. If you are interested in donating you can email Maci at Maci.Gambell@Pekincsd.org.

As for the game, the Trojans were missing several key contributors and took a 72-53 “loss” to the Panthers, although the game was not official and did not accurately demonstrate what would typically happen if these two very good teams played 100 times at full strength.


Q) You do a great job of bringing your team together by treating the opponent like a common enemy. Tell us about that.

Ashley Bloomquist: “We’re always competitive, even in practice against each other. We’re always looking to be aggressive and make mistakes by being aggressive, because that’s how you get better.” She added, “We always want to keep pushing the petal too because we want to get better every single day. Our motto this year is to get better every day and have fun doing it. We came out here with everything we had and we still had fun.”


Q) You had a very big night with the Wreaths Across America event, you led your team in scoring and to a victory plus you hit a half-courter to end the third period. How are you feeling?

Maci Gambell: We’re feeling really good, especially as a team. It was really good to see that we’re all capable of scoring and passing and playing together.” The senior added, “We’re young and don’t have much experience but hopefully we can work together and pull out big wins like that and have fun.”


What was your inspiration to start this project for our veterans?

Gambell: “We need to start giving back and start teaching kids my age and younger about giving back to the community.”

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