Believe it or not, high school basketball season has arrived.
While the Incline boys and girls kick off their seasons with nonleague road games at South Tahoe on Friday, Saturday is the big night for the Highlanders.
Boys head coach and former Incline player Tim Kelly organized the inaugural Incline High School Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, which will follow the Highlanders’ home openers against Division I Hug.
Inductees include Paul Bryant (class of 1976), Robin Kindred (class of ‘77), John “Coo” Griffo (class of ‘85) and Annie Schlegelmilch (class of ‘87).
“I have a lot of passion about the history of Incline basketball,” Kelly said. “It’s going to be a huge celebration of that history. I want our young girls and boys to know the rich tradition of the program.”
The evening will begin with the girls game at 2:30 p.m. and the boys game at 4 p.m. The four inaugural inductees will be honored in a ceremony at halftime of the boys game.
The fundraising dinner will follow at The Chateau at Incline Village at 6:30 p.m., with cocktails beginning at 6. Incline players will be the servers.
Kelly said 100 percent of the money raised will go toward both the Incline boys and girls basketball programs, covering the costs of gear, balls, travel and other expenses.
The coach plans to make the fundraiser an annual event. Along with the latest inductees, a committee led by Kelly will vote on the next round of Hall of Fame candidates.