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Businesses, students battle under the basket to benefit Sandy FFA activities, competitions

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Geren's Farm Supply faced off against Clackamas County Bank in the loser's bracket game of donkey basketball Friday night. CCB then lost to Shell Core for the winner's trophy.In most towns, Friday evenings can be filled in numerous ways, with everything from basketball games to equestrian events.

But in Sandy, the high school's Future Farmers of America (FFA) students have been hosting a hybrid of the two for decades with donkey basketball.

One night each year, local businesses and community members come together, don helmets and mount donkeys to play a few rounds of basketball in the Sandy High School gym. The event serves as the FFA's largest annual fundraiser.

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Some teams took their uniform choices more seriously than others at the annual donkey basketball game on April 12.On April 12, six teams faced off for a chance at the donkey basketball trophy provided by Peak Trophy. The Sandy girls basketball team took on the Sandy OHSET Equestrian team to kick off the festivities, providing an entertaining match as one FFA member commented because "one team knows how to ride donkeys but doesn't play basketball and one team knows how to play basketball, but doesn't ride donkeys."

Geren's Farm Supply, Clackamas County Bank, Gresham Coastal and Shell Core Specialties provided the other four teams, and the Boring contingent, Shell Core, took home the trophy after defeating Clackamas County Bank.

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Shell Core Specialities' team won the donkey basketball tournament, taking home a donkey-adorned trophy provided by Peak Trophy. This year's game raised about $6,000 for the FFA.

"The event is always a good time for the community and it's a long running fundraiser, started in 1974 by Les Geren and his fellow ag teachers at the time at Sandy High," said Trisha Smith, FFA advisor and teacher. "This year we had a great turn out and lots of interest in our live and silent auctions. We will be holding it again next April and hope to see even more people there."


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