The Tom Roehl Round-Ball Classic has quickly become the more popular event for Alumni, Family and Friends to attend and participate in. Likely due to the warmer atmosphere of the Gym and because many people continue to play basketball for years after graduation from high school.
This event originally started as a fundraiser for the Coupeville Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools, while Tom Roehl was still coaching at Coupeville High School. He was heard commenting, "I've coached almost everybody playing...at some point or another." After 20 years serving as the CWYAA Basketball Director and 19 years as a Football coach, its no wonder he had worked with so many of them. While each year brings back a new graduate class for the holidays, a number of the players seen on the court can recite a few coaching points they picked up from Coach Roehl from years before.
The event lost steam and went dormant for a few years. In 2007, after 5 years with no alumni basketball event, the Roehl family restarted it as a way to raise money for the Tom Roehl Memorial Scholarship.
Last year, in the fourth year, this event generated over $1,500 towards the scholarship. This allowed outside donations, from the community, friends and family to be set aside for future years.
Additionally, last year marked the first year the tournament had been open to all island Alumni. While both teams in the championship were from Coupeville, teams with a mix of players, both from Oak Harbor and South Whidbey were very competitive and made it to the Semi-Finals.
For details about this years Roehl Round-Ball Classic please click here.