GOING IN FOR TWO — Harlem Ambassador player Tiffara Steward blocks Chamber Challenger Adam Totdahl in his attempt to put the ball up for a score. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
Tuesday evening was a fun night at the CHS gym as Chamber of Commerce Challengers and the Harlem Ambassadors took to the floor for a basketball match-up.
The home boys and ladies included Dr. Jay Taylor, Tyler Bucklin, Todd Boehmler, Dustin Erickson, Josh Philipps, Jill Swanson, Nikki Dockter, Drew Lesnik, Matt Wittmier, Brian Fladstol, Jim “The Sarge” Sargent, Dustin Dugan, Matt Tranmer, Adam Totdahl, Chris Vermulm and Jeremiah Pearson. They were coached by Tyson Anderson.
The Ambassador team was made up of Jamonn Little, David White, Nick Simpson, Jeffrey Smith, Te’Quilla Martin, Tiffara Steward, Dan Dixon and Gerren Hamilton.
Dixon got the show started hitting a jumper off an inbounds pass. Vermulm, Philipps and Tranmer were scorers for the Chamber Challengers, but the Ambassadors led after the first period 28-8.
In the second frame, Steward, all 4’-6” of her launched and buried a tray shot for the Ambassadors.
Pearson and Philipps banged home three pointers for the home team, Totdahl scored off a nifty pass from Tranmer and Swanson popped for a bucket. The CofC squad was down 53-21 at the break.
At the start of the third quarter, the score was magically tied at 61-61. Behind the shooting of Smith, the Ambassadors pulled away again.
Dugan, late in the period, went through the key and slipped in a neat reverse lay-in to make the score 71-86 going into the stretch.
Steward hit the 100th point for the Ambassadors and when the buzzer went off the score board the visiting squad taking a 90-110 win.
The score didn’t really matter as the contest was all in fun.
The Ambassadors were conceived in 1997 by Dale Moss who combined a career in pro sports managements and marketing. Their first game was played in Mountain Home, Idaho in 1998 and they went on to stage 30 games in their opening season.
Today there are two units that put on 209 shows a year in the U.S. and abroad, traveling to Canada, England, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, Korea, Japan, Cuba (Guantanamo Bay Naval Station) Guam and Puerto Rico to name a few.
They present a wholesome family show and promote a program of “Stay in School, Stay off Drugs.”