“Burro-ing” to the basket

Michael Mills from the Adams County Sheriff’s Department team gets off a one-handed shot attempt during the Donkey Basketball event last weekend at Manchester High School.
Michael Mills from the Adams County Sheriff’s Department team gets off a one-handed shot attempt during the Donkey Basketball event last weekend at Manchester High School.

By Mark Carpenter

A packed house came to the Manchester High School gymnasium on Saturday, May 14 as Buckeye Donkey Basketball came back to town. The large crowd saw three “contests” of Donkey Basketball and all the spills and thrills involved, even with donkeys, with their riders in hot pursuit, racing through the crowd and out to the cafetorium.

The first battle of the night was between a team from the Adams County Sheriff’s Department and one from the Manchester Fire Department, with the Fire Department coming out on top, mainly due to the athletic exploits on a donkey of Assistant Chief Lonnie Bilyeu. The second match up of the evening was a team from the West Union Wal-Mart battling a squad made of of staff members from the Manchester School district, easily won by the group of teachers.

After a long break to allow the younger children in the audience to take a donkey ride around the gym, the championship battle saw the Fire Department defeat the MHS teachers and proudly claim the trophy to display at the firehouse for all to admire.

All of the proceeds from the evening of entertainment went to the Greyhound Boosters Club and the Manchester Junior High and Varsity cheerleaders.