The showcase, which will take place at CASHS Field House on Saturday, benefits the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation, which aims to provide grief support programs for those who have lost a loved one.
The foundation was started by Randy and Marcie Taylor, who lost their son Drew in an auto accident in 2006. Just three years later, now-Greencastle-Antrim girls basketball coach Mike Rhine suffered a similar tragedy when he had a stillborn son.
Rhine's wife and step-daughter both went through the grief counseling program provided by the foundation.
"They're just doing wonderful things for people," Rhine said. "There's not enough organizations that reach out to people that are in our club that no one ever wants to be in. (The foundation) has stepped up and taken that burden upon themselves."
After witnessing the showcase last year during his first year as head coach, Rhine approached Taylor and asked to get the girls team involved.
"I just wanted to play, and he said he'd make it happen," Rhine said. "I'm just glad he found a spot for us. We hope to raise as much money as we can because there are so many families that need so many things."
When the Taylors lost their son, Randy was the boys coach at Scotland School for Veterans' Children, so it just made sense to start fund-raising through sports.
"The local coaches were very
This year's showcase will feature two girls games for the first year ever.
The event will kick off with the Greencastle-Antrim girls playing Milton Hershey. The Spartans are currently 1-15, while the Blue Devils (9-9) are attempting to make a playoff push and know they will likely need to win out for that to happen.
Rhine said he hopes the showcase is a good experience for his young squad.
"Any experience they can get to have big games, big crowds, read about themselves in the paper will make us better down the road," Rhine said.
In the second girls game, Shippensburg (8-11) will take on Chambersburg (4-14). Although Chambersburg is on a five-game losing streak, the only two times the Trojans have faced a Mid Penn Colonial Division opponent, they have come out the victors.
In the first two games of the season, the Trojans beat James Buchanan and Greencastle, 58-43 and 42-38, respectively. In Ship's two games against JB, it won by margins of five and seven points, but the Hounds lost both contests versus Greencastle.
The first boys game will feature Shippensburg and Milton Hershey. The Spartans may have a slight edge with a 12-6 record, but Shippensburg (9-9) has been known to rise to tough competition. Greyhound coach Ray Staver said he is going to rely a lot on his team's defense in order to get a "W."
"They've got a lot of talent, and earlier in the season, they were putting up a lot of points," Staver said. "People have tried to slow them down, and that's what we're going to try to do, but it's going to be a challenge, for sure."
The final game will pit Chambersburg and Greencastle boys against each other. The two have met once before this season - in the championship of the Franklin County Tip-Off Tournament - and the Trojans (13-6) earned a narrow 44-40 victory.
Chambersburg has won three consecutive years at the showcase, but coach Beau Gantz said that doesn't add any pressure to his squad.
"We take it pretty seriously even though it is a charity event," Gantz said. "It's another basketball game, but it doesn't put any pressure on us knowing we've won three years straight. We'll go into this just like the early bird tournament."
Greencastle (15-3) has lost to just one other opponent this year, Gettysburg, and the Blue Devils are hoping to earn some big points in the power rankings if they can get a victory over Chambersburg.
"We have two big games left - them and Carlisle - so we just feel like our goal is to go out and get the win," Greencastle coach Gary Martin said. "If we can beat a strong team on their own court, that's a big win for us."
Over the course of five years, Dunks for Drew has raised more than $25,000 for the foundation, and Taylor is hoping to keep building that. He said he hopes the organizers' hard work will pay dividends this year.
"The Chambersburg athletic department has been very accommodating; I rely on (athletic director) Don Folmar and (athletic secretary) Lucinda Rebuck to do a lot of the work," Taylor said. "Hopefully, we'll have a big crowd this year. I just hope the games are competitive, and everybody enjoys some good basketball."
Lizi Arbogast can be reached at 262-4788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dunks for Drew
When: Saturday, at CASHS Field House
Girls games: Greencastle-Antrim vs. Milton Hershey, 3; Shippensburg vs. Chambersburg, 4:30.
Boys games: Shippensburg vs. Milton Hershey, 6; Greencastle-Antrim vs. Chambersburg, 7:30.
Benefit: Drew Michael Taylor Foundation
Media: The Chambersburg-Greencastle boys game will be livestreamed on GameTimePA.com and the Public Opinion homepage Also follow @EdGotwalsPO, @liziarbogast, @StevePtrsn19 and @PO_Christi on Twitter for live updates from the games.
Tickets: $5. No passes will be accepted.