Thundering Herd to visit Minford for a cause

Alex Hider

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Minford girls basketball coach Scott Caudill is no Joe Namath — he isn’t promising an upset when his team of State Highway Patrolmen take on the Marshall basketball team in two weeks.

“They’re going to pummel us, that’s for sure,” he said.

At least Caudill and his teammates will go down for a good cause.

The Thundering Herd basketball team will visit Minford High School on Sept. 26 for a charity basketball game against a team made up of staff from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. All proceeds from the game will go to benefit Shop with a Cop, a program benefiting underprivileged kids throughout southern Ohio.

Each year, kids are selected by school guidance counselors throughout the county to participate in the program. Those kids then get to spend a winter day with a patrolman shopping for whatever they want — everything from shoes and coats to video games.

“Every penny we raise goes to kids around Christmas time,” Caudill said. “It’s for a great cause.”

Marshall basketball head coach Dan D’Antoni (brother of longtime NBA coach Mike D’Antoni) will be bringing his entire roster to participate in the game — including South Webster native Austin Loop. A thousand-point scorer as a Jeep, Loop went from walk-on to starter at Marshall and emerged as one of the Herd’s top scorers in 2014-15, averaging 11 points per game.

Former NCAA champion and longtime NBA standout Chris Duhon will also make the trip to Minford. An assistant coach at Marshall, Duhon was an All-American point guard for the 2001 National Champion Duke Blue Devils and spent nine seasons in the NBA with the Bulls, Knicks, Magic and Lakers.

Tipoff for the Sept. 26 game is at 6 p.m. at Minford High School Admission is $5, and all proceeds from the game go to benefit Shop with a Cop.

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